It’s only January 4, and I’ve already reset my nifty New Year’s resolution app three times. It’s not that I didn’t fully commit myself to my objectives. But let’s face it – old habits are hard to break. That’s why most people (including me) are so cynical about New Year’s resolutions to begin with. A better option is to focus on establishing "essential good habits."

It’s only January 4, and I’ve already reset my nifty New Year’s resolution app three times. It’s not that I didn’t fully commit myself to my objectives. But let’s face it – old habits are hard to break. That’s why most people (including me) are so cynical about New Year’s resolutions to begin with.

Jason Womack, founder of the performance consulting firm The Womack Co. and author of Author of Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More, doesn’t use the word “resolutions” in his list of“15 Ways to Overcome Overload and Work Smarter in 2012.”What he does offer is commonsense suggestions for “essential good habits” that, if followed, could have a big impact on overall productivity for small business owners and anyone with seemingly endless tasks on his or her to-do list.

If you’re having the opposite problem and are feeling underwhelmed by the amount of work on your doorstep, perhaps Womack’s last three tips deserve more attention. Do you set small, measurable goals and hold yourself accountable on a daily basis? Do you assess your progress weekly? What about your future target-have you identified where you want your business to be 180 days from now? These simple strategies can help you have a more successful year.

Incidentally, the app I’m using is actually set up to establish and track specific habits that lead to long-term success. I think I’ll give it another shot.

Share your productivity-boosting tips and/or app suggestions below.