Hey Pontius! Thanks for sharing!
I definately agree with you - research has shown that productivity and motivation increases by up to 50% when you set clear goals.
I am a visual person, so instead of a list, I have a mood board (search this on Pinterest for some good ideas) next to my desk, and it's covered in bits out of magazines, quotes, photos of loved ones, places I want to go, funny pictures and anything else that inspires me. I find it makes not only a nice piece of decoration, it's really helpful when I'm stuck and I need a good reminder as to why I am working so hard.