The next ETC Saturday hack event is coming up this weekend.
Pick a simple problem - Conway's Game of Life - and repeat until you know it cold. Now start varying the conditions, requirements, techniques, and tools to explore ways you might improve your regular development practice.
This will be a highly interactive programming exercise - expect to work in pairs, and change partners every time you start over. The event will supply some variations, but you may want to bring your own - new languages, new tools, new strategies.
Justin Love -- http://JustinLove.name/