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11 Apps to Kill Boredom While Upgrading Yourself at the Same Time

11 Apps to Kill Boredom While Upgrading Yourself at the Same Time

You are waiting at the doctor’s office, or even for your bus. There’s nothing to do but stare at the people around you – all waiting. You’re boredom antsy and start to fidget. Before you cave in to that gnawing sense of boredom, grab your phone and check out some of these cool apps. They’ll not only alleviate some of that boredom, but also stretch your brain in the process.

Luminosity – Brain Training

    4.5 star, 4+ app by Lumos Labs Inc. Challenging your brain against the clock with match, odd one out, spatial awareness and memory type fun games. Makes you think fast and gain agility in your quest to beat the timer. Free version only allows you to play three games a day, which isn’t so bad in retrospect, if you tend to get addicted to playing on your phone! In-app purchases available.

    Elevate – Brain Training and Games

      This 4+, 4.5 star rated app by Elevate Inc., for Apple & Android, offers beat the clock games in math, reading comprehension, speed reading, memory and writing. You’ll need audio for some sections of this game. The free version again offers only three games a day, and if any game offered seems too daunting after a long day at the office, they will switch it out for another choice. They do offer a pro-version of this game for a fee.

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      Powerful Brain- Brain Teasers, Funny Jokes and How Things Work

        5 star, 4+ rated app by Lin Haun for iPhones. 300 brain teasers and clever jokes for kids and adults to kickstart your brain. Good for chilling, having a laugh and learning all in one. Available for on iTunes.

        Clockwork Brain Training- Memory & Attention Game

          This 4+ star app created by Total Eclipse P.C. was voted one of the best 500 apps in the world by the Sunday Times, this Victorian Steam Punk styled app runs you through fun and challenging games to expand your memory, reasoning, attention, language & dexterity skills. Free version and also ad-free paid version available. Available for Apple, Android & download.

          Knowledge Trainer – Warm Up Edition

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            Good for Trivial Pursuit fans, this 4+, 4.5 star rated app by the binary family tests your knowledge of events, people, places, sports, science, history, and more. You never know what information lurks in the back of your brain until you play a game like this! When you get the answer right, you move on. Like it? Upgrade to the paid version. Available for download or through iTunes.

            Block! Hexa Puzzle

              Created by BitMango, this 4+ , 4.5 star rated app is a puzzle game. Complete the given shape with the hex a-blocks provided to reach the next level. Compatible with for Apple products and Android. Relax with a puzzle while stretching your brain.

              MindSnacks

                Rated 4+ and created by Mindsnacks, in this award winning app, you can learn a new language like Italian, French, Portuguese or even Chinese, or brush up on your own through a series of fun, interactive games like keeping a penguin on ice, popping balloons and stopping birds from flying away. Race the clock to the finish and climb to the next level. In-app purchases allow you to unlock higher levels and more games. 7 languages, kids vocabulary and SAT words.

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                Flow Free

                  This puzzle game will keep you entertained and expand your mind as you attempt to connect matching pipe colors to make a flow and solve the challenging puzzles. Created by Big Duck Games LLC, this 4+ rated game has received 4.5 star reviews. Free Flow is available for Apple and Android products.

                  Sudoku

                    5 star rated app by Finger Arts is everybody’s favorite challenging number puzzle at the touch of the screen. Thousands of puzzles. Integrated system allows you to rank and compare your scores with friends or strangers. Good for flexing those brain muscles. Did we mention that it’s free? Available for Apple, Android and download.

                    Can You Escape

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                      If you like Escape Rooms, this puzzle teasing game created by Kaarel Kirsipuu is for you. Just like in the escape rooms, you must solve a puzzle to make it into the next room and so on until you can break out. In app purchases to open new rooms. Escape Room received a 4.5 star rating and rated 4+. Kaarel Kirsipuu has also created several more Escape Room games and even Escape the Titanic, for Escape Room fans.

                      Move the Block Slide Puzzle

                        From the makers of Roll the Ball and Word Crush, two more brain stretching-worthy apps, BitMango has also created Move the Block Slide Puzzle, a game where you have to get the red block to the end by sliding the other blocks. A 4+ rated game and brain teaser. Available for Apple and Android products.

                        So next time you find yourself getting bored, download one of these apps to entertain you while exercising your mind.

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                        Last Updated on March 17, 2020

                        4 Simple Ways to Make Boring Work Become Interesting

                        4 Simple Ways to Make Boring Work Become Interesting

                        Are you bored at work right now?

                        Sitting at your desk, wishing you could be anywhere other than here, doing anything else…?

                        You’re not alone.

                        Even when you have a job you love, it’s easy to get bored. And if your job isn’t something you’re passionate about, it’s even easier for boredom to creep in.

                        Did you know it’s actually possible to make any job more interesting?

                        That’s right.

                        Whether it’s data entry or shelf stacking, even the most mind-numbing of jobs can be made more fun.

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                        Understanding the science behind boredom is the first step to beating it.

                        Read on to learn the truth about boredom, and what you can do to stop feeling bored at work for good.

                        VIDEO SUMMARY

                        I’m bored – as you’re watching the same film over and over again, even though it’s your favorite one

                        When you experience something new, your brain releases opioids – chemicals which make you feel good. [1]

                        It’s the feeling you might get when you taste a new food for the first time, watch a cool new film, or meet a new person.

                        However, the next time you have the same experience, the brain processes it in a different way, without releasing so many feel-good chemicals.

                        That’s why you won’t get the same thrill when you eat that delicious meal for the tenth time, rewatch that film again, or spend time with the same friend.

                        So, in a nutshell, we get bored when we aren’t having any new experiences.

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                        Now, new experiences don’t have to be huge life changes – they could be as simple as taking a different route to work, or picking a different sandwich shop for lunch.

                        We’re going to apply this theory to your boring job.

                        Keep reading find out how to make subtle changes to the way you work to defeat boredom and have more fun.

                        Your work can be much more interesting if you learn these little tricks.

                        Ready to learn how to stop feeling so bored at work?

                        We’ve listed some simple suggestions below – you can start implementing these right now.

                        Let’s do this.

                        Make routine tasks more interesting by adding something new

                        Sometimes one new element is all it takes to turn routine tasks from dull to interesting.

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                        Maybe there’s a long drive you have to make every single week. You get so bored, going the same old route to make the same old deliveries.

                        Why not make it a routine to create a playlist of new music each Sunday, to listen to on your boring drive during the week?

                        Just like that, something you dread can be turned into the highlight of your day.

                        For other routine tasks, you could try setting a timer and trying to beat your record, moving to a new location to complete the task, or trying out a new technique for getting the work done – you might even improve your productivity, too.

                        Combine repetitive tasks to get them out of the way

                        Certain tasks are difficult to make interesting, no matter how hard you try.

                        Get these yawn-inducing chores out of the way ASAP by combining them into one quick, focused batch.

                        For example, if you hate listening to meeting recordings, and dislike tidying your desk, do them both at the same time. You’ll halve the time you spend bored out of your mind, and can move onto more interesting tasks as soon as you’re done.

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                        Break large tasks into small pieces and plan breaks between them

                        Feeling overwhelmed can lead you to procrastinate and get bored. Try breaking up large tasks into lots of small pieces to keep things manageable and fun.

                        Try breaking up a 10,000 word report into 1000-word sections. Reward yourself at the end of each section, and you’ll get 10 mini mood boosts, instead of just one at the end.

                        You can also plan short breaks between each section, which will help to prevent boredom and keep you focused.

                        Give yourself regular rewards, it can be anything that makes you feel good

                        Make sure you reward yourself for achievements, even if they feel small.

                        Rewards could include:

                        • Eating your favourite snack.
                        • Taking a walk in a natural area.
                        • Spending a few minutes on a fun online game.
                        • Buying yourself a small treat.
                        • Visiting a new place.
                        • Spending time on a favourite hobby.

                        Your brain will come to associate work with fun rewards, and you’ll soon feel less bored and more motivated.

                        Boredom doesn’t have to be a fact of life.

                        Make your working life feel a thousand times more fun by following the simple tips above.

                        Reference

                        [1] Psychology Today: Why People Get Bored

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