Brendon Burchard once said, “True experts are students first.” At first, I didn’t fully understand or agree with this statement. I used to believe that experts should have all the answers and not need to continue learning. However, over the past few years, I’ve realized that continuous learning and growth are essential for productivity and serving others better.

Here are five mistakes I’ve made with productivity that have helped me grow and improve my approach to serving others:

Mistake #1: Overthinking.

Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk said, “Stop dwelling and start doing.” While thinking is essential, I spent too much time overthinking and getting paralyzed by analysis. I’ve realized that nothing can replace actual action. Reflecting on the past, overthinking often led to inaction, a waste of time. I would have been better off taking action and correcting my mistakes along the way.

Mistake #2: Striving for perfection.

I used to constantly strive for perfection, even though I knew it wasn’t possible. The problem was not in aiming for excellence but in wasting time on an endless quest for an unattainable goal. I’ve understood there is no perfect plan, routine, or to-do list. Instead of dwelling on perfection, I focus on taking action and making progress, even if it’s not perfect.

Mistake #3: Getting stuck in one way of doing things.

In the past, I used to stick to the same methods or tools, even if they weren’t effective anymore. I had a closed mind and resisted trying new approaches. However, I’ve learned that being open-minded and adaptable is crucial for productivity. I now constantly seek out new strategies and techniques and am willing to switch gears if something isn’t working. This approach has helped me improve my productivity and efficiency.

Mistake #4: Doubting myself and my actions.

As mentioned earlier, overthinking often leads to self-doubt. I would question my choices and actions, which slowed down my progress. I realized that making mistakes is a natural part of learning and growing. Instead of doubting myself, I now focus on taking action and learning from my mistakes. This mindset has helped me overcome self-doubt and keep moving forward.

Mistake #5: Not practicing what I preach.

As someone who teaches others about productivity, I sometimes need help implementing my advice. I may find myself succumbing to mental clutter, procrastination, or stress. However, I’ve learned to catch myself and course-correct. I accept that I’m not perfect and may make mistakes. Still, as my aunt Rori says, I focus on improvising, adapting, and overcoming challenges.

I wrote this post as a coaching session for myself, acknowledging the mistakes I’ve made and the lessons I’ve learned. I understand continuous self-reflection and improvement are necessary for personal and professional growth. I want to know whether others can relate to these mistakes and struggles. Let me know your thoughts.