Banish Procrastination...the Cult of Done Manifesto
Procrastination is a familiar term . . . everyone recognizes it - putting off things that need to be done. I used to explain how I worked better under pressure, saying I couldnâ€™t do my best work until the very last minute. The explanation seemed to be a honorable excuse for staying up all hours of the night to complete a paper, a project, etc. The truth is I was a procrastinator . . . avoiding the responsibility and tasks required, but trying to dress it up nicely by calling it working under pressure. It was procrastination, plain and simple, not a noble creative spurt that only came at the wee hours of the morning. Procrastination is wiped away when you take action and move forward to complete something, even if itâ€™s not absolutely perfect or right. Ask any writer, musician, or artist if they are satisfied with their finished piece and they will tell you they always see something else they want to change in the work. Procrastination is the result of over-analyzing and over-thinking.
When I read the Cult of Done Manifesto, created by Bre Pettis and Kio Stark, I realized how my procrastination was the result of being paralyzed by trying to get everything perfect before declaring it final. This is for all the procrastinators who have unfinished projects and dreams that never get done. May the Cult of Done Manifesto help you banish procrastination and finish one thing in order to move on to the next thing. 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. 8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done. 9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right. 10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes. 11. Destruction is a variant of done. 12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
13. Done is the engine of more. Now, get up and get something DONE today. You can banish procrastination by finishing one thing, and then the next and the next . . . without waiting for it to be perfect.
About The Author: Trisha Barnes We’re Bruce and Trisha of the Naked Hippies Road Trip! We absolutely DO live life fully - gave up our house in the suburbs, got rid of tons of stuff and moved to the banks of the Missouri River to live at a private campground. (No, it isn’t a nudist campground!) It was where we started to take the steps toward our dream of living and traveling full time in our RV. We started out bare bones naked - nothin’ to our name except our tent and essential stuff - and now we're living full time in our RV! Got a dream? We'll share the Naked Truth about all the ups and downs we've experienced - lessons learned - and how we can help you live your dream now - not in two years, not in twenty years, but NOW! “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~ Mark Twain
Published on Oct 11, 2012
Procrastination is a familiar term . . .everyone recognizes it - putting off things that need to be done. I used to explain how I worked...