I do use last year as a benchmark for myself. If I’ve somehow slipped behind a me from my past, I’m doing something wrong, and I need to weed out exactly what.
Nothing is worse than stagnation – looking up from a page one day and realizing you’ve written the exact same poem that you would have written this time 365 days ago. I need to know I’ve budged, even an inch.
Stationary things collect dust. I can’t afford that.