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Done is the Engine of More

The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.



  1. blork blork 2009-03-04

    Eww! Is that a parody, or a satirical lament? I hope so, because that is not a manifesto I want to support! I’m a firm believer in doing things WELL and doing them RIGHT. Followers of that “Cult of Done” manifesto will leave behind a lot of half-assed, half-baked crap that nobody cares about.

    It’s bad enough that our attention spans are reduced to milliseconds, but the idea of championing the same kind of all-noise, no-signal approach to DOING THINGS really bugs me. The result will be a sea of buggy software, crappy interface designs, terribly written blog posts/software specs/etc., shoddy configurations, and other forms of lameness.

    Heck, that way of thinking is OK for the minor quotidian things, like mowing the lawn or doing the dishes, but for the big stuff — the important things — no way.

    Call me old fashioned, but I’ll stick with the manifesto of excellence any day!

  2. zura zura 2009-03-04

    Great list. :) Personally, I need to refer to this manifesto more often.

  3. Hmmmm. Seems like we’re on the same wavelength this week. Will have to add this to my collection. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Hugh Hugh 2009-03-11

    @blork, not sure what i think about the manifesto, but focusing & finishing things is something many of us struggle with, more so in the hyper-distracted world of the web.

    @zura: get back to work. stop wasting time on this blog.

    @christine: you too. back to work.

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