They say that time flies. Well, they actually say a bunch of things. None of it changes the facts. 2012 is just a few days away. I've never been a big fan of New Year's resolutions myself; it seems an arbitrary time to try to complete change who you are.
I am, however, a huge fan of planning and written goals. I fully believe (heck, I'd say I even KNOW) that having clear and compact written goals helps you achieve more. It is simply a fact of life in how busy everyone is these days. If you don't write something down and consistently revisited it, time can get away from you. Do you have anything that you wish you would have done by now? Anything that you look back and think "I wanted to get in the habit of doing that 5 years ago?" I know I do.
Written goals can change that. One habit I picked up (and admittedly fell away from a few times) last year was to tape those written goals to my bathroom mirror (thanks Brian Buffini) For whatever reason, having to stare down those goals every time you shave, every time you wash your hands or face, having my goals front and centre helps me achieve them.
The question I have as a Manager is the same that a REALTOR(R) has as a salesperson and business operator... how can I get through all the mental clutter and remember to focus on what is important?
The question in that case is, how bad do you want it?