In the record mixing process, it is essential to give yourself time away to listen critically.
Ears get tired, and used to a particular sonic environment. You need to take a few hours, listen in your car, on headphones, while you’re doing other things.
You have to build in time to reflect and revise because it’s the only way to produce a superior product that will stand up later.
How many times do you finish a project, and send it out into the world without that reflection? How often are your purely reactive in rehearsals, without the time or inclination to reflect.
When I have the discipline to record and listen back to my own rehearsals, I become a better conductor.
When I have time to write, reflect, and then refine my writing (musical or verbal), the end product is better.
Recording is one of the few places I regularly work where that space is required – baked into the process. We ought to require it of ourselves more often.