Working with a jigsaw puzzle is supposed to be a straightforward task. There is an exact amount of pics being available, a picture of the desired outcome and possibly enough time assigned for you to finish it. But things are not as easy as they look. Sometimes.

A jigsaw puzzle can be easy or hard to do. This largely depends on the complexity of the colours used. The more contrast there is, the more different objects being displayed, the less trial-error scenarios you should run. But if you have 1000 or 2000 pieces that predominantly follow a certain colour and its variations, you are in for a longer run.

There is a variety of strategy when embarking on this challenge – some build first the outer framework, others go for the biggest objects, third start with the most obvious pattern… And the begging is usually easy. Things get harder as soon as you sink deep into the puzzle.

It requires concentration and persistence, pretty much like everything that asks for the bigger amount of time being allotted. Puzzles can actually be a great exercise for developing spatial thinking and working on your focus. In this age of second and third screens, it gets harder and harder to concentrate and perform a single task rather than multitasking the hell out of everything.

If it was a sport, one would say that the level of intensity depends strictly on the player. So is how far is the finish line.

Every piece has its exact place. There is no room for “creative” approach to building a jigsaw puzzle. There is no way that pieces can be replaced or used in any other way, but the one that they were initially designed for. \in that sense, you are not playing anyone else, but yourself. You are playing for time or just to finish it. Somewhen. Somehow.

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