One of the biggest things I think everyone should be able to do is to self-evaluate. It’s important to humbly set aside our ego to self-reflect and identify mistakes we have made, find where we are falling short and write those things down so that we can come up with a plan of action to overcome these mistakes.

***And make sure they don’t happen again.***

In today’s post, I want to go over a few of the mistakes I have made. Just because I run a podcast called Zero Xcuses doesn’t mean that I don’t have my fair share of mistakes and shortcomings. So, I wanted to show you guys some of the things I have identified as areas that I need to work on. Things that I need to improve.

I would say that the #1 mistake that I have made in 2018 is underestimating the amount of unexpected events that have occurred both in my full-time job and in my personal life. I can go into some detail about how some of these unanticipated events I can definitely take my share of the blame for. There are some very specific lessons that I learned in there, but the bigger picture is that I always have to allow for a margin in every aspect of my life. As I’ve mentioned before I learned from the 10X Rule that I need to overestimate the amount of time that it’s going to take to complete a task. To give you a specific example, I did not leave myself enough margin recording my podcasts ahead of time and arranging for interviews way in advanced. As a result, if you noticed April – May timeframe, I slowed down my releasing of podcast episodes because my bank of prerecorded stuff had ran dry and I did not adequately have enough to account for these unexpected events that happened. So that was a huge learning lesson in 2018. It’s something I am consciously working to avoid again.

The second mistake that I’ve made in 2018 is that I have been afraid to delegate some of the recurring tasks that I find myself doing over and over again. That someone would be happy to do for me. Some of these is both delegating to a fellow coworker and hiring someone to do that work for me. Someone that can do it more efficiently that I can, and this also stems from me not applying enough value on my own time.

How much is your time worth? Is it worth $10? Is it worth $100? Is it worth $1000 an hour? You really need to put a price on your time and if I can pay someone $5 an hour to do something that takes me 2-3 hours. What’s that worth to me? They probably can do it a lot quicker than I can anyways and do a higher quality job. I was afraid to start delegating and I’ve started doing that in the last couple of months and oh my god, I don’t know what took me so long.

The third biggest mistake that I’ve made in 2018 is that I have under communicated to many people in my life including my wife Jamie and some of my coworkers. Really, I am still trying to find my battle rhythm when it comes to email, when it comes to phone calls and whatnot. I don’t talk to my immediate family as often as I like so this has been a big nut that I have been trying to crack in 2018. Trying to be more efficient in my email communications may be something I need to do combine with the delegation aspect as well.

The fourth biggest mistake I have made in 2018 is the fact that I have not systematized and automated many of my business and personal processes I do each and every day. Again, this is something that I’ve turned up the wick on in the last two months and it has been a godsend. It has made my life so much easier by writing down everything I do on a recurrent basis and setting up an algorithm a process, automating things and uncovering these different tools that are available to automate things that I do each and every day that help me get my message out to you guys. Spread the message to more people out there as well.

So, to recap:

1. Underestimating the time I need for my projects.

2. Being afraid to delegate.

3. Dropping the ball in terms of communication.

4. Failing to systematize and automate many of my processes.

I’m curious to discover what you can improve in the remaining weeks of 2018. We are a more than half way through and the first half just blew on by before we knew it. It’s important to take stock of where we have been and where we are going.

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