Done is Better than Perfect

Done is better than perfect.
— Sheryl Sandberg

I've found variations of this sentiment at least 3 times in the last month and I can't recall seeing it ever before. I may have just blown it off due to my stubborn nature. Today it hit me for the 3rd time as I was reading, "Born For This" by Chris GuillebeauThe fact that it has resonated with me from so many different sources recently, makes me think that my mind is trying to direct me towards an answer. I have a terrible problem of starting things that don't get finished. 

Two works in progress. December 10, 2016

One of these pieces is for a client who is not hard about a deadline, and the other is for a Free Comic Book Day table that I'm going to have in May (so far away!)

I can start things with gusto, I see them in my head and know just how to start, it's when I stop seeing the end that I begin to grow weary or no longer 'involved'. I set them aside commonly at this stage of work.

Today though! Today, I found The Done Manifesto! It reads as follows:

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.

Some have mentioned and so should I that these rules don't count for longer-term slow-burn projects and those might need a manifesto of their own. I for one needed this today. Do you think you could learn to adopt any of these facets of the manifesto?