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Multi-tasking and My Life in Puzzles

11 Nov

A really wise person told me once that if you want a task to get done, give it to the busiest person in the room. There is more than a grain of truth in that and maybe busy people get more things done because they have to multi-task well. I am a firm believer in multi-tasking and think that it, much like stress, has gotten a bad rap.

When you change the lens and look at multi-tasking as a fact of life, one thing pops to the surface. All this talk about multi-tasking being bad for performance is task oriented, not brain oriented! Our brains crave activity and are continually problem solving. All of the processes that are chugging away every moment of every day rarely happen in isolation.

Even when we are sleeping our brains are working on multiple levels — healthy brains just don’t turn off.

So, in the name of multi-tasking, here are some puzzles from the first week of my recent trip to Peru. And yes, I used a whole lot of words to justify using very few when describing the photos in the puzzles :)!

Find the 3 differences in the following picture sets. The first one was taken in Lima where it is all about the hats, the materials, and the bright colors!

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In the next set there are again 3 differences. The photo was taken in a school house in a little village less than 2 miles from the headwaters of the Amazon River. Powerful, powerful place.

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The last set of photos was taken while on a tiny boat on the river. This was the largest port in the area, just down the river from the Iquitos airport. Find the 3 changes in the second photo.

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There is so much left to study about multi-taksing but the bottom line just might be that singular focus and attention to one task at a time could be over-rated and not a very effective way to function in today’s information heavy world.   Maybe the best way to process information is on multiple channels in the context of everyday life.

How do you feel about multi-tasking?

A Challenging Word Puzzle That Force You to “Be Complicated”

4 Nov

The best kind of brain exercise is one that employs more than process — one that is complicated and challenges you to use more of your brain.

Word Sequences are puzzles do just that.  In order to solve the puzzle you will have to think critically, tap into some spatial skills, and problem solve while pulling out words that fit all the clues and cues. That means using multiple processes all at once!

Playing word sequences is tough for a couple reasons.

First, you have to move the correct letters down to fill in pieces of the word below it — that means you must visually line up the letters and mechanically put the right letter in the appropriate spot. See the example below but the idea is move the letters into the blanks lines below them. That requires spatial orientation and discrimination (only move letters on to the blank lines and not into the circles and make sure you lining it all up correctly).

Next you must look at the clue and sort through a list of possible right answers in your memory. The clues in this puzzle are not always clear cut so sift and sort through the possible answers.

Finally, based on the letters you moved on to the blank lines and the number of remaining blank circles you must choose from that list and write in the answer. Based on all of that, fill in the circles with the appropriate letters.

Step and repeat until you reach the end!

Here is a sample.

Word sequences EXAMPLE

 

Try this one on your own. Take your time and focus on one task at a time.

Wednesday's Word Challenge word sequences word game

Was this a challenge? If so, what part was hardest for you?

Puzzles like these can help you find clues to processing challenges. Pay attention to what feels difficult and watch for patterns!

 

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