Here’s one of my personal resolutions for 2006:
Make a list of the twelve people you know who could really help you improve your life in 2006, and then write down the one thing each could do to help you the most. Each month, resolve to take one of them to dinner to a nice restaurant and ask them to do that one thing.
If you want to be ambitious, make a parallel list of the twelve people you don’t know who could help, and do the same thing!
I read a lot of non-legal books — mostly business books — to help me generate ideas on improving my legal practice and to get ideas for posts in this blog. I usually buy the books I read, and fold down the corner of each page that has something I want to come back to. However, what tends to happen is that I end up with a bunch of books on my bookshelf with beat-up pages that I’ve not looked at since I read them in the first place.
This brings me to my resolution for the day (and a simple Knowledge Management tip):
Whenever you finish a book, copy each page you “marked” while reading it. Put the copies in an idea file that you review regularly — or at least when you are stuck and need to think creatively.