Most anyone who has come up with an idea for a new project but is having trouble self motivating will appreciate the "Done Manifesto," 13 rules to live by when working on an independent project. Entrepreneur Bre Pettis, known for his DIY video podcasts "I MAKE" and writer Kio Stark gave themselves a set deadline of 20 minutes to create the following 13 maxims:
There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
There is no editing stage.
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.
Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
Once you're done you can throw it away.
Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
Destruction is a variant of done.
If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
Done is the engine of more.
Regardless of the type of project, from starting a small business to renovating or redecorating your home, getting started and following through can be difficult. What helps keep you motivated when working through a project?
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: Bre Pettis
: Fast Co. Design
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