I continually stress to my students the need to plan and execute. There is something magical that happens when you write something down. Your subconscious mind wants to complete it. I'm currently planning for 2008. First I write down as many things as I would like to accomplish for the year. I call this a goal dump, not a few goals, well over a hundred. Then I categorize them into personal and professional. In my professional category I have roughly five main areas. One is titled "Ever Expanding Skills". So I write down my vision for that category and give the vision a timeline, thirty day, six months, etc. One of my main goals is to create a new Composition DVD and have it completed by late February.
If you are interested in planning for your career I offer an "Advanced Illustration and the Marketplace" class that helps really talented people get organized so they can go conquer the world.