I wrote this on December 31st, 2008.
While ultimately it doesn't matter if your attempts at personal development are made chronologically tidy, it used to bug me that whatever things I was trying to pursue would be pushed back so far off in the calendar that I would suddenly consider doing it by New Year's day. The notion that I would be, in essence, performing a New Year's Resolution felt like a trivialization of it, and I would even actually postpone my goals just to avoid any possible comparison.
In some instances, I'd forget the resolution altogether, and I'd be right back when I started from.
Don't ever, ever, think like this. There's no better time than the present. Even if it's Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve Eve, New Year's Eve, or even New Year's Day. It's not the calendar that needs dicipline, it's you.