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10 Reasons Why People Who Play Sudoku Everyday Are More Focused At Work

10 Reasons Why People Who Play Sudoku Everyday Are More Focused At Work

“Numbers maniac.” “Puzzle fiend.” “Sudoku junkie.” Anyone who regularly completes Sudoku puzzles at work has heard at least one of these taunts from peers who simply don’t understand the burning desire to fill boxes with numbers at least once a day. Well, it turns out that Sudoku bullies are missing out on the serious benefits this simple logic game provides. The next time a co-worker leans over and laughs at your well-worn Sudoku books, you can tell them all about these outstanding reasons Sudoku makes you better.

1. They Get Quick Breaks Throughout the Day

Though they don’t quite look it, those tiny boxes filled with numbers provide an outstanding opportunity to escape. It is well-established that the brain needs disruptions from monotonous work every hour or so, and a Sudoku puzzle provides a small, stimulating break anywhere, anytime. In contrast, those who don’t play Sudoku may engage in less wholesome habits, like smoking or eating, during their rest periods, which may contribute to poor physical and mental health.

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2. They Gain Self-Reliance and Self-Confidence

More than one person can work on a single Sudoku — but more often than not, it’s a one-player game. As a result, frequent Sudoku players must learn to trust their own skills, gaining confidence in their abilities to think quickly, logically, and decisively without reassurance from others.

3. They Filter Out Distraction

Like a basketball player on the free throw line or a surgeon in the emergency operating room, a Sudoku player is a master of ignoring commotion and focusing on the task in front of them. Because Sudoku is an inherently mental puzzle, players are unable to complete even a single quadrant when their attention is torn to other issues. Thus, it doesn’t take long for a Sudoku player to learn dedicated concentration.

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4. They Meditate on Numbers

It isn’t a stretch to say that math doesn’t come easily to most people. Still, regardless of their academic background, most Sudoku players have a self-taught math skill due to their frequent exposure to the numbers of the puzzle. Math is useful across disciplines; even content creators need math to calculate the worth of views, clicks, shares, and more on social websites to make online marketing more potent. Therefore, Sudoku is akin to remedial math — wrapped in an engaging puzzle form.

5. They Practice Structure and Organization

A single Sudoku is rigidly organized, with small squares making up larger squares to form a unified box. Moreover, to complete the game, players must place numbers in order. The entire puzzle is based upon structure, and often spending so much time in a strictly planned environment allows Sudoku lovers to organize their real worlds, too.

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6. They Silence Nagging Thoughts

During times of trouble (or just times of boredom) a person can be tormented with repetitive thoughts, like a catchy song playing on repeat or phrases of self-doubt. Fortunately, those who play Sudoku are able to banish such thoughts faster by focusing on a puzzle, according to a study from Western Washington University.

7. They Build Memory With Logic

Among aging adults, Alzheimer’s disease is a terrifying concern, but Sudoku lovers have nothing to fear. A study from University of California, Berkeley, found that Sudoku (as well as a number of other brain-stimulating games) could help thwart the development of mental disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia when they are played consistently over a lifetime.

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8. They Make Quick Decisions

In business, dallying over a decision is a recipe for failure, even if the right choice is made in the end. The modern world is fast-paced — which is ideal for decisive, clear-thinking Sudoku players. Hesitation is never rewarded in the game of Sudoku, so players must practice quick, resolute problem-solving which they can apply in the real world.

9. They Continue to Make Quick Decisions

Then again, a Sudoku player’s first instinct in the puzzle is rarely correct; still, a wrong answer is never a reason to give up. Sudoku lovers are nothing but dogged at locating mistakes and correcting them quickly, which gives them a further edge in the business world.

10. They Feel Accomplished

Fulfillment isn’t always about career or relationship success — sometimes it comes from the knowledge of a puzzle well-done. Completing one or more Sudoku puzzles every day leads to a sense of accomplishment and a persistent feeling of happiness that makes for a satisfied person more willing to engage in work and play.

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Last Updated on June 18, 2019

15 Ways to Cultivate Continuous Learning for a Sharper Brain

15 Ways to Cultivate Continuous Learning for a Sharper Brain

Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

Here are some tips for installing the habit of contiuous learning:

1. Always have a book

It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

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3. Get More Intellectual Friends

Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

4. Guided Thinking

Albert Einstein once said,

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

5. Put it Into Practice

Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

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6. Teach Others

You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

7. Clean Your Input

Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

8. Learn in Groups

Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

9. Unlearn Assumptions

You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

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Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

11. Start a Project

Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

12. Follow Your Intuition

Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

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13. The Morning Fifteen

Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

14. Reap the Rewards

Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

15 .Make Learning a Priority

Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

In fact, you can train your brain to crave lifelong learning! Here’s how to become a lifelong learner:

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