First, my best wishes for 2013 and Happy New Year. I'm now another year old, a little wiser, and sadder. But I look forward to more miniature wargaming locally and completing some painting projects this year. And for those who shudder at the amount of unpainted lead they still own. Some helpful suggestions:
1) Consolidate the figures you are never going to paint due to disinterested, lack of space, or lack of time.
2) Prioritize what you'd like to accomplish this year. Do you want to work on a particular project? Is there something you want to get done. It could be something as simple as rebasing figures to completing a Napoleonic army.
3) Set aside time to paint each week. This is your hobby. It's a part of wargaming. If you can't paint, then save up the money for a decent painting service.
4) Don't get sidetracked by the "New Shiny Lead Syndrome." Your significant other or wife will be more understanding of our niche hobby (which is weirder to the general public than chess) if you make a concerted effort to get some unpainted lead you currently own painted than throwing money away of figures you'll never get around to priming.
5) Work on some area of interest with fellow gamers. Even if its one or two guys. I'm tired of doing projects for both combatants. It's more interested and easier on you if you just do a small project with a friend who won't screw you over by backing out of it at the last minute.
6) Finally, do things that interest you. It's your hobby. If you have two different small projects, you can bounce from one thing to another until they both get done. And you won't get bored just painting one thing.
Hope this helps,