The Japanese have a proverb:
"rainen no koto o ieba, oni ga warau" --
"when we say next year, the devil laughs."
It’s an exhortation to have one’s priorities straight—to not put off things that are really important.
One way to measure the importance of something is how deep, how powerful, and how universally applicable that thing is. By this metric, our mindfulness practice deserves more priority than it often gets.
The New Year is an opportunity for renewed practice.
Shinzen's Blog: A Japanese Proverb for the New Year