I've always had a fascination with the Rubik's Cube; when I was younger I could solve it in 3 minutes using a beginners method, explained in a leaflet that came with the cube. After around 8 years of not solving the cube I decided to take up the hobby again, but this time concentrate on speedcubing.
In order to improve my averages I needed to ditch my former method and learn a new one. The method I choose is called the CFOP method, which breaks it down to four main steps; Cross, First two layers, Orient last layer, and then Permute last layer.
I've now been speedcubing for 6 months and my average has dropped to 50 seconds. With daily practice I can expect my times to drop to 40 seconds in the next few weeks, 25 in the next few months, and the goal of averaging around 12-15 seconds in a few years time.
It's a great tool to relieve stress, it encourages me to take regular breaks from the computer, and it's improved my overall memory skills. It's been an incredibly fun challenge so far, and I've still got a very long way to go and a lot to learn before reaching my goal of a 12-15 second average.