For the past six months I've been trying the 'quarterly goals' thing, where you have three professional and three personal goals each quarter - so I just finished my second quarter. The first quarter I hit 4 out of 6; this quarter I only hit 2.
One of my goals was to finish all the stretch goals for Energy Hook. I got close - leaderboards went in on September 30 - but they aren't social, and there's no achievements, so not quite there yet.
Quarterly may be a little bit too spread out. The first month I did Other Stuff and didn't focus. On the other hand, that Other Stuff (redoing the character physics) was great, so, maybe Quarterly *is* good in that it gives me some leisure time to do good stuff that isn't directly related to the end goal, sort of like Google or 3M's employee discretionary time.
I'm going to do at least one more Quarter, and then I'll give bi-monthly a whirl. I always did like bi-monthly milestones when I did AAA - monthly too frequent, too much overhead.
So, my professional goals for next quarter:
* Get Energy Hook to Beta (that means feature complete; not just the stretch goals but also the billboards, hall of presidents, and social integration - and get the remaining levels done)
* Get the t-shirts made and delivered
* Try to contact 100 youtubers, as per NorthernLion's talk - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc25J6nCEbE
Wish me luck!