I’ve been walking around for a few days now with the phrase “massive action” in my head. I knew that I had read it somewhere as a productivity and motivation hack/mantra, but couldn’t place it. Finally, I turned to google, well the search bar of all my feeds in google reader to be precise, and found that I had come across it in an awesome post on Rock Your Day, a productivity blog from Dave Navarro. I have started to think of this idea of taking massive action to accomplish a goal with the word “hustle”.
Dave’s Pillow Test
One of Dave’s central points is that Massive Action is the proper response to the question
How do I want to feel when I put my head on my pillow tonight?
After a day when I have really worked my butt off I feel accomplished, energized, and confident that my goals are in reach. That’s what massive action can offer.
The hardest thing about hustling for massive action is staying consistent. It helps to take things one step at time. Chunking work into smaller pieces can make a project a lot less scary. A good tip for chunking is too tell yourself that you are going to spend a set amount of time doing consistent work- 5 to 10 minutes at most. Set a timer if you want, but force yourself to focus for the time you alot. The idea of this habit is to stretch the length of time you can focus with practice. Eventually you’ll find you want to work longer and, shock of shocks, that you are actually engrossed in the work.
If the work required to move towards your goal is unpleasant, boring, or as a good friend of mine would say, “isn’t to your taste”, then embrace the suck! Dig in, build a rhythm, and get your hands dirty, whatever you do don’t stop and don’t sit idle.
Get YOUR Hustle On!
My main goal right now and the project that I’ve been hustling for the most is networking and searching for my first job. I want to work in marketing, public relations, or community management and apply my hustle and experience at an awesome company or nonprofit organization.
On Monday explore the advantages of baby steps and small actions. Until then…
What are you doing with your hustle? What’s your biggest project or goal right now, or if it’s intimidating to specify the most important, then identify any goal. Share what your hustling for along with a tip or trick you use to stay on target in the comments!