A Bad Case of Chronic Underestimation

In January, I thought it would be cool to create a course for Udemy and at the same time, make a companion course for a companion site called Mench. If you're going to create a product over here, how hard can it be to make something that is mostly related over there.

Harder than I thought.

I spent January working on both courses. At the end of the month, I had very little done. In February, I decided to focus on getting the smaller Mench product done, so I seriously spent time in February on that. By the middle of February, I knew that I would not have it completed by the end of the month. Part of that was not being clear on what made a good Mench bootcamp, and how that was different than a Udemy course.

But part of that was certainly me underestimating the amount of work it takes to do things.

I went on vacation in March, and everything was on hold. And now here we are in April.

Last Monday, I decided I would complete both products by the end of the week. I had unlimited time between Monday and Sunday to get it done.

The ending to this will not be a surprise. 


Here I sit, a week later, and both things have made significant progress but are not done. Don't get me wrong. I'm happy with the progress. If I continue with this pace in my business forever, I cannot fail. But why did I think last Monday that it would be done? Why did I think I would be sitting here today, working on something new?

It's probably something I need to work on. I need to work on one thing at a time, for one thing. Trying to do two or three things at once means neither will get done on time. But beyond that, I just need to know that I can create only so much per average day, and shouldn't even guess that I can exceed that.

This productivity system that I've been trying has really been helping. Last night, I knew I needed to get one more task done before going to bed, because I wanted to mark an X for that day.  

So on that basis alone, if I make progress on my business every single day, rain or shine, then I will be a happy guy.

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