Chilling Out With Online Games

Collaborative post – All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Online games can be light relief.

Since I was a kid, I have loved playing games. From card games to board games, I was always happy to compete with someone or with a computer rival. In fact, computer games were still kind of new in the 80s so we used to have to wait ten minutes for them to load from what looked like a tape cassette player. The anticipation was always worth it though. The only disappointment came when the long awaited game was chewed up by the old fashioned cassette player.

Online Free Games

These days, I use a variety of apps and online free games to entertain myself when I just need a break from concentrating on my work. Modern technology means that I can load up a new game in seconds and there is no delay.

One such game that is becoming very popular online involves guessing a word every day. Wordle provides five blank spaces which need filling with letters. If those letters are correct but in the wrong place they turn yellow and if they are in the right place they go green. You basically get six guesses at finding the word. This is the kind of thing I do when I want to wake up my brain and it is very popular with my students too.

Another way to access plenty of free online games is by visiting plays.org which is an advert-free site that has loads of traditional and new games to choose from. One of my favourites there is Battleship, where you can play against the computer and try to destroy its ships. This game has always been popular with my family and so having an online version brings back happy memories for me.

I find it really easy to set out where I want to hide my warships and then love to use my logic to locate those pesky enemy vessels before my opponent finds mine. The game is quick to play and ideal for when I am waiting around for a meeting or just sat on a train, filling time.

This site also has educational games and is increasing its offering every week. A new favourite of mine is Dominoes Battle, for instance, where I have to match the end of my domino with the opponent. The idea is to be the first to use all of your dominoes but obviously there are times when you have to skip a go, due to not having the right numbers on your dominoes. I used to play this game with real dominoes whilst growing up and absolutely love it when I am feeling bored and need a quick fix of fun.

How do games reduce stress?

In my opinion solo games are really good for reducing stress levels as they allow you to be distracted from your everyday problems for a moment. As long as you manage your time well and don’t neglect your work, spending up to an hour a day playing a game online can be beneficial. For me, it is relaxing and if I have been feeling pressured, I usually feel much more chilled out by the end of a gaming session.

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Life Isn’t Always Fair – Poem

Some people work hard

While others do not

Some people skive,

And don’t do a lot.

Some pull their weight,

And go the extra mile,

While others do the minimum,

And wriggle out with a smile.

Some end up working

Above and beyond,

While some do very little

Of them I’m not fond.

I was overhearing a conversation about how some people seem to always get out of doing things. Not just at work, but generally in life. Some don’t pull their weight within a family or community. Others just expect the world to give them what they want without them earning it. Some are just idle.

This was a tongue-in-cheek poem and meant to be a bit of a cynical reflection of modern life. But let’s face it, we all know people who seem to get away with doing very little.

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5 Ways To Stay On Time

One of the things that I find most difficult about getting up in the morning is dragging myself out of the house ready for work. The reason I always manage it is because there is nothing I dislike more than being late. For me, being on time and keeping to time is always really important. If you become good at time management, everything else becomes efficient, at least regarding work, and you will then be able to have plenty of free time rather than time spent trying to catch up.

Being timely is good for you and everybody that you work with. After all, being late causes all sorts of awkwardness and inconvenience. So if you want to stay on time and prevent yourself from missing out on stuff and getting behind, here are my five tips for keeping to time.

1) Have more than one alarm.

I find it helps to have an alarm on either side of the bed. If there are two of you, you both have to turn them off and if you are alone you will have to keep reaching across until it begins to irritate you. With the snooze option and recurring sounds, you should eventually be awake enough to drag yourself out of bed.

Also having one alarm beyond arm’s reach is a good idea as you then have to get out of bed to turn that off. I suggest making this one the last resort alarm, set at the latest time you can possibly get up and still get to work without being late.

2) Change time

When I talk about changing time I mean altering the times that you note down meetings or appointments so that they appear to begin fifteen minutes earlier.

If I know a start time and allow extra time then I may end up cutting into that factored in time because I know the real start time. If I fool myself into thinking the event starts slightly earlier then I will subconsciously focus on this, making being on time much more realistic.

3) Don’t get distracted.

Taking that non-urgent phone call can slow things down.

Sometimes you have good intentions and start to make progress towards getting to an event on time and then something gets in the way.

For instance, just as you are about to walk to your next meeting, the phone rings and you pick up, while deep down knowing that this call may not be brief. Or someone stops you for a quick gossip which turns out to be a drawn out conversation that again makes you late.

4) Don’t be too polite.

Polite people are lovely but often not good at keeping to time. Being afraid to stop a meeting from overrunning because somebody is in full flow or going off on tangents is a popular cause of lateness.

Even on a zoom meeting, going off topic or not following strict timings can result in those meetings taking too long and have the knock on effect of pushing other meetings back too.

5) Be organised

If you do keep to a schedule as much as possible and set reminders and alarms to keep everything going, then your work will be more efficient. Good time management is a real skill to embrace and makes things work more fluently. Even at home, having chores organised with time allocations stops backlogs of things to do and makes family life better as well.

I hope that these ideas were useful. They are just straight forward suggestions to help everyone stay on time for work, hobbies and family events. For another article about things that make me laugh, click here here.

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