Are you looking for a place to try new skills, to test new ideas? I’ve got a great place: December.
Look at December as part of 2010 ( month 0 if you will). Identify the new thing you are wanting to do starting January 1. Start doing it December 1. By the time you get to January 1, you will have discovered bugs, weaknesses, challenges, tricks, opportunties.
This works for personal goals (be nice, walk a mile a day). Will it work for business? You tell me.