For as long as I can remember I have tracked personal progress on a specific set of things I'd like to improve each calendar year. It's an ongoing process. I do this by completing a self-SWOT analysis on a quarterly basis, but I also set aside time each January to complete a list of themes and related sub-tasks. I can't stress enough that this is not a list of "New Years' Resolutions". It's done in January, but to me there must be an emphasis in completion, tracking, and breaking the goals into sub-tasks that have some sort of associated metric. As well, I take a few hours once a year—on my birthday—to journal about what the past year has meant. This is a scheduled check-in to evaluate if I've actually done the things I set out to complete. It leaves out anything I do in December, but in true project management form, if I don't have a good grip on my year by November 28th... not much will change by the end of the year.