Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
That’s my favorite quote from the Manifesto for The Cult of Done. The Manifesto offers 13 rules for getting things done. Although they apply to people from every walk of life, I think they’re particularly relevant to students and writers.
Now I wouldn’t want anyone to think that I’m encouraging sloppy writing/thinking. Some students could use a little more striving for perfection in those areas. But some (and I’m one of them) struggle more with the ideal of perfection, an ideal that can prevent us from finishing anything. If that’s you, feel free to laugh at perfection every now and then.
Here are some other gems:
- Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
- The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
- Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
- Done is the engine of more.
So, if you’re working on something, great. If you get it done, better.