Check out this great speech by Chris Wanstrath, a notable Rails developer. Most of the stuff I really liked was towards the end:
I don’t know how many of you read RSS, but I challenge you (that’s a keynote term) to give it up for a month. Just turn it off. Stop using Google Reader or NetNewsWire or whatever
the kids are using these days. It’s not worth your time.
If you’ve been meaning to learn a new language, start learning it. But don’t just read a book. Start writing a program.
In fact, stop worrying so much about other people. Every time I’ve worked on a project I thought other people would really love, it was a massive flop. Every time I’ve worked on a project I loved, it worked. If you’re sitting in this room, your taste is not as far off from those around you as you’d think. Build something you love and others will love it, too. (Not everyone, of course.)
My plea to you today is to start a side project. Scratch your own itch. Be creative. Share something with the world, or keep it to yourself.
One thing he mentions is to take one Sunday a month and just go go go. I think this is a really great idea for me given my current time crunch.