Every now and then, you'll hear someone say, “You need to take massive action to get things done.” While this type of work is something you should strive for, it does have flaws if you blindly follow the advice.
In fact, I'm willing to bet that working like this will cause you to procrastinate and deplete your energy levels in the long run if you don't pay close attention to what you're doing.
This post may contain some affiliate links to products that I use and love. If you click through and make a purchase, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. Read my full disclosure here.
Massive action is defined as
First, let us define the term “massive action.” In my opinion, it entails taking a number of large and focused action steps all at once that can yield significant results.
You could, for example, be writing a book. Instead of completing three pages in a single day, you set a goal of writing ten.
When you continue to work in this manner, the benefits are obvious; you finish your tasks or projects faster and can move on.
quickly moved on to other projects
The disadvantages of mass action
The main issue with taking massive action is that if you are doing it for the sake of doing it, you will burn out quickly. You're just keeping yourself busy, but you're not accomplishing anything meaningful.
For example, you could promote your most recent blog post by submitting it to the hundreds of social bookmarking sites available. Sure, you're taking a lot of steps, but are you seeing any results? Are you concentrating on your target audience or “anyone out there”?
Instead of focusing on a large number of bookmarking sites that are relevant to your niche and where your target audience hangs out, shouldn't you concentrate on a small number of bookmarking sites that are relevant to your niche and where your target audience hangs out? Even if you only did this, your impact would be much greater and you would be less stressed. Furthermore, you would save time.
What are the advantages of taking smart action?
Smart massive action requires focus – it provides the “why” (why am I taking action?). You are not only acting, but you also understand what that action is about. When you set goals and take actions that are related to those goals, you gain focus.
Taking action in a wise manner can also be a motivator. When you act, you know you are not procrastinating, which boosts your self-esteem. Furthermore, when you take smart massive action, you see results faster, which motivates you to take even more action.
Finally, smart massive action saves time and reduces stress. This is self-evident, given that you are concentrating on very specific actions. The remainder of the “stuff” can be removed and discarded.
How do you take wise mass action?
Now that we've discussed the differences between massive and smart massive action, as well as the advantages of doing things the smart way, let's talk about how to put this theory into practice.
You can take the steps outlined below to take smart massive action. Don't be concerned about the example I'm using or whether it's realistic (I know nothing about dogs :). The main goal is simply to demonstrate the action steps.
Set your main goal that you want to achieve. Before taking any action, it is critical to define the specific goal(s). Know your “why” before taking action. This is the goal you're aiming for when you take smart, massive action. For example, if you are interested in dog training, you could decide to become an authority in the dog training market. You've decided to write a book about dog training in order to gain more recognition among dog lovers and enthusiasts.
Set sub-goals and time constraints. To stay on track, break down your big goal into smaller goals. This way, you'll know what goals you want to achieve and will be able to see if you're making steady progress. In this dog training example, you could decide that in order to finish your book, you should have the outline ready within the next seven days. The next sub-goal would be to complete four chapters (of your eight-chapter book) within the next three weeks. The final four chapters would be written in the following three weeks, bringing the book's writing time to six weeks.
Outsource and eliminate. Getting rid of tasks that you shouldn't be concerned about is an important part of taking smart massive action. This reduces the amount of “waste work” and allows you to focus on the most important tasks in your projects. You enjoy writing, but graphic design is not your forte. However, you realize that you must consider this aspect in your book as well, so you decide to outsource the design work. You also decide to delegate the proofreading task. (Note: To be even more specific on the dog training topic, you could choose to focus solely on Beagles, allowing you to eliminate all information that is not relevant to this breed.)
Act! It's now time to take your wise massive action! This necessitates hard work. In fact, even if you are working “smart, not hard,” you still need to put in some hours, even if you are only focusing on the most important tasks. This only refers to the raw writing portion. However, instead of settling for 3 pages per day, you decide to complete 5 pages per day. You are now taking smart massive action because you are doing something that truly matters and is related to your goal. To increase the productivity of the writing portion, you decide to use a timer and work in blocks to complete more focused work.
Set aside some time, eliminate distractions, and decide on a location. To get more done with less distraction, you must figure out when to work, where to work, and how to be as un-distracted as possible. By doing these three things, you create a clear work structure and ensure that your action is not disrupted by something that could have been avoided with a little planning. You realize that the best times for you to write are between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. in the morning and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the evening. You block the time on your calendar and notify your spouse and children. It is self-evident that you mute your phone and disconnect from e-mail or instant messaging while working. Furthermore, you are aware that you are most productive in your work room during working hours, so you “isolate” yourself there.
Examine your progress and make any necessary adjustments. You may become oblivious to your work once you begin working. This causes you to lose sight of the big picture (your “why”) and to do things you shouldn't be doing. To avoid this, you should review your action steps and progress on a regular basis (once again, block some time off your calendar). You take corrective action if necessary to get back on track. You realize after a few days that you have only been able to produce two pages for your book. You conduct a thorough examination and discover that you are tired when you work. You decide to take some power naps while also improving your nightly sleeping patterns for increased alertness and productivity. This action gets you back on track and makes you feel much better about your work.
As you can see, simply taking massive action will not get you anywhere. Instead, you should plan your actions more carefully in order to achieve the best results.
When you take smart, massive action, you are truly making progress on what matters.
Busy Schedule: One of the most important things to remember when creating your content is being consistent. If you keep putting off your writing for one or two days, you are bound to lose your audience. Regular writing makes you seem reliable and trustworthy so people will have no reason to not come back. For content, regularity is key. If you post once a week, try to stick to that schedule to build a following. Read more.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words in Relationships: In any relationship, actions speak louder than words. The reason for this is that words can be easily manipulated and often spoken from those who have been hurt. Actions, on the other hand, are much less likely to be faked and can be traced directly to their source. If a person is truly willing to work with you, you will be able to see that in their actions. It's a much better way to judge a person's character than by what they say. This is what I came up with. I'd appreciate any feedback you have. Read more.
Pained Love: A series of gasps and breathless sighs pull me from my slumber. In the distance, a steady thumping noise. I cannot sleep as each thump echoes through the bedroom walls. Our bedroom walls. It had been years since his cold hands held mine. His lips, cold and chapped, pressed against my neck. I had begged him to stop. But he had ignored my request. He didn't care. He left the next day. To this day, I don't know where he is. He left me alone, cold, and with a baby inside me. Read more.
Difficult Situations: It's a universal reality that all of us face difficult situations in life. Whether it's a little difficulty here and there, or a significant crisis that disrupts your life, you'll have times in your life that'll throw you off track. Below are some tips to get you through the difficult times! Read more.
Living Far Away From Family: There are many reasons to live far away from family. The most common one is for an income. If you live far away from family (3 hours or more away), you can work more hours, which can make you more money. You can also make more money if you live far away from family because there is less competition for jobs. Another reason to live far away from family is to experience new things. Once you live far away from family, you're more likely to experience new things, like new foods, new people, and new environments. You can also find that you'll be more open to trying out new things if you live far away from family! Read more.
You have heard it all before: "Live life to the fullest", "follow your dreams", "be who you are" and "if it is meant to be, it will be". These are all wonderful quotes that are meant to help you live a happy life but they miss the point. Our lives are interconnected with each other and with the world.
No matter how hard you think you try, there’s always going to be a certain level of stress in your life. And when stress gets out of hand, it can start to negatively affect your life. But this doesn’t have to be the case. There are some easy steps you can take to improve your life in the long run, and we’ve found a few that can help you enjoy a better life and get rid of stress.