2017 seems like it has gone in the blink of an eye. Every year that I get older the faster time seems to go by. No matter how hard we try we can’t slow the hands of time.
The end of the year is not only good for spending time with the family and getting gifts from Santa. But it is a great time to reflect on the past year and develop a strategic plan for 2018. I believe that the end of the year is a good opportunity to look back on our goals for 2017. We should consider what we have done well and wrong.
As I stated in The Strategic Prepper, we should put together strategic goals and evaluate them regularly. This should typically be done on a monthly basis. The end of the year gives us a chance to reflect on the past year and upcoming New Year.
So with that being said, I have done some reflecting. I want to share some of my biggest mistakes in 2017. Then we will discuss how I will correct them in 2018.
My biggest prepper mistakes of 2017
Didn’t spend enough time developing skills
Just buying a bunch of gear and supplies without developing skills isn’t preparedness. Instead, that is hoarding. I say this all time.
Just buying a bunch of guns and ammunition will not save you in a self-defense scenario. Instead, it will be the skills that you learn and develop that will save you. What good is having a gun if you don’t know how to properly use it in a self-defense scenario?
This is true for all aspects of preparedness. Your gear will not guarantee your survival. We need to be able to survive without gear and supplies. Those items can be quickly stolen or destroyed. So there are many prepper skills that we need to spend time developing.
As found of Smart Prepper Gear, I work on this site and still maintain a 40-hour full-time job. I spend about 25 to 30 hours a week working on Smart Prepper Gear. So altogether I work up to 70 hours a week.
So this has taken a lot of time away from me that I can be spending developing and practicing skills. In 2017, I was a big slacker. This has to be adjusted in 2018.
No more excuses!
So in 2018, I will be looking to hire more team members to Smart Prepper Gear. We are going to add some preparedness/survival bloggers to the team. I will still be writing, podcasting and potentially do videos again. However, this team will be able to produce a lot more helpful content that I am able to provide at this time.
We will also add other team members for social media management. I will continue to talk with a lot of you on the platform. But having someone over the social media channels will help get our message out across many platforms.
By hiring more team members I will be able to spend my time doing what I do best. That is providing helpful preparedness content. I don’t want to be focused on sharing on social media and photography along with other things that I’m not good at.
This will also help me save time. That time will be better used practicing and developing prepper skills. In turn, what I develop and practice will be shared with the community to help others.
Didn’t plan properly
When Hurricane Irma hit Florida back in September I quickly realized how underprepared I truly was. I wasn’t proactive to the hurricane threat but rather reactive. Being reactive cost me time which could’ve been to my detriment. However, we were really fortunate that the hurricane wasn’t as bad as what it could’ve been.
It had been so long since I have experienced a hurricane in Florida that I didn’t remember how hectic things were. The last time we saw a major hurricane land in Florida was back in the early 2000’s. So I had gotten comfortable.
Like a dummy, I didn’t stock up on gas and other emergency items like ice. This left me struggling to find gas. At one point, the whole state of Florida was struggling to remain productive. Thousands of people were left stranded on the side of interstates and highways because they were unable to find gas.
Fortunately, I had AAA who was able to fill my tank. If it wasn’t for that I’m not sure how I would’ve made it around before the storm. So for 2018, I need to learn about how to fill up emergency fuel for cases like that.
Not prioritizing my health
Another big mistake that I made in 2017 was not focusing on my health. If you’ve seen any of my videos then you could probably tell that I have gained some weight. I’ve been a fat boy for a while but this past year has just been bad.
Being unhealthy isn’t ideal for a prepper. This is especially true if we were forced to bug out or face a collapse scenario. In those cases, it is truly survival of the fittest.
As I mentioned at an earlier point, it has been a struggle for me to balance work and personal life in 2017. Working around 70 hours per week has not only prevented me from developing prepper skills but also prioritizing my health.
So I think hiring team members to Smart Prepper Gear will help. Luckily I have a great girlfriend who is a health nut. She has been able to provide me with some inspiration and tips.
She has already been helpful in fact. Lately, I have been doing some food prepping. That means I cook all my meals for the week on Saturday. That way when I get home I don’t have to think about what to eat. It also doesn’t require me to build up the motivation to cook (which I hate to do). So far it has been helpful.
Altogether these have been my biggest prepper mistakes in 2017. Let me know in the comment section if you have any feedback or suggestions. If you think there is anything that could help me with these challenges I would greatly appreciate it.