I’m a huge fan of the StrengthsFinders assessment. When I took it a few years ago and read my results for the first time, I felt like someone was describing what I always knew about myself but never put into words before. My primary strength is Activator. Here is a brief description of an Activator: “Only action can make things happen. Only action leads to performance. Once a decision is made, you cannot not act. Others may worry that “there are still some things we don’t know,” but this doesn’t seem to slow you.” (You can read the rest of the description at the Gallup Management Journal).
Being an Activator predisposes me to David Allen’s Getting Things Done personal management style and practices. The other day I came across a blog post entitled, “The Cult of Done” and I thought I would share it with you.
The Cult of Done Manifesto
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.
Are there any other Activators out there?
What parts of the Done Manifesto resonate with you?