To celebrate National Puzzle Day 2020, we present part two of our most popular blog of 2019:
6 (More) Things Jigsaw Puzzles Can Teach Us About Life
1. You Matter
Imagine completing a 2,000 piece puzzle only to find out that one piece is missing. Bummer. Even if you don’t think you contribute much, your absence will be noticed. Just as one missing piece can make or break a puzzle, you do make a difference in the long run.
2. Take Only What You Need
Often times, too much clutter only complicates things. If you dump out all the pieces of the puzzle at once, you’re probably going to get overwhelmed and the objective will become a blur. Instead, sort through the box and pick out what is relevant at that moment in time.
3. Create a Solid Plan
This one is simple: plan. Make sure your table is big enough before you begin. Start your puzzle by building the border first and filling in the gaps as you go. This is the approach I usually use – but such as with life (and with every puzzle) remember that there are always exceptions to the rule. I believe in treating almost everything on a case-by-case basis. Analyze each situation individually and go from there.
4. Protect What is Valuable
I have cats. They either love or hate puzzles; I can’t tell yet. Either way, they always seem to get their paws all up in my pieces. If I want to ever finish a puzzle, I have to make sure to cover it up or put it in a safe place. Keep things organized and protected and your life will run more smoothly.
5. One Step at a Time
When it comes to big projects, I like to start by picking the easiest task I can do. When I complete that, I move on to the next easiest (and so on, and so forth). When it comes to puzzles, I usually start with a color that stands out or a heavily outlined object. This is a great way to get things done while fostering a sense of accomplishment. Remember, even the biggest puzzles are completed one piece at a time.
6. Trust Your Friends
Puzzling can be solo or social and I’ve even heard of people turning puzzling into a drinking game! I always thought my puzzling hobby was a nerdy, lonesome activity but I’m constantly surprised at the amount of people who love them too. Don’t be ashamed of what brings you joy. If you like it, there’s someone else out there that does too. You never know who will be interested unless you ask. Sometimes they’ll show up when you least expect it and help you accomplish the task at hand.
Do you love jigsaw puzzles? Have any other ideas about what they can teach us about life? Comment below!