Right now I'm struggling to get a new incarnation of my website completed so I can officially start conducting business. This is the digital age and you cannot expect to be in business without a decent site. So the perfectionist that I am, it has become a challenge to get something done. Better late than not perfect?...I don't think so. So I ran across this "manifesto" on a blog by Bre Pettis. Here is the deal: 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.
I'm not sure where an artist would intersect with this thought pattern. Where does 20 hours in Photoshop with the clone stamp fit in, or adjusting the padding on the heading text for the 5th time? Is this the bane of creativity, or are these things blocking the creative juices from flowing? Right now I'm into this and ready to shed some of the brain constipation I am feeling. How about you?