It is the time of year when board games emerge. So this is a best of post. A while back my children and I set up the Scrabble® board and played a game of scrabble. This game started me thinking about some productivity techniques.
The rule in Scrabble® is to start in the middle. If you venture too far in one direction with your game, it is hard to make it fun. We had difficulty because we positioned the game “too low” and therefore our choices were limited. So like project work, it is best to stay focused on the center rather than the tangential sides.
The game of Scrabble® offers seven tiles. When it comes to project work, seven is about the total number of projects one person can handle effectively at one time.
The game of Scrabble® ends when the first person runs out of tiles. The one to finish first is often the winner because they are skilled or have great luck with their tile selections. This game parallels life. Productive people take advantage of what they have and generally make something good happen because of it.
The following is a previous follow-up guest post from Fred Beiderbecke of California.
Successful Scrabble® strategies form a parallel metaphor to success in our lives. By helping your partner develop the tiles in a more balanced way around the board, you open up win-win opportunities for both players. As Terry suggests in her earlier posting, getting everyone cornered in one area is a lose-lose situation – and it’s not as much fun as sacrificially opening the board!
Another life lesson about Scrabble® is your richness of associations gathered through reading and conversations over the years. Reading strengthens your inner voice and intuition so that you can recognize and capitalize on opportunities when they present themselves. That is, with richness of associations you can imagine a high scoring word just as you can imagine a highly beneficial course of action for your business or personal lives. Likewise, Scrabble® teaches you patience to save a security margin for when you’re in a pinch. In Scrabble®, it’s saving your blank tiles. In life, it may mean saving enough emergency fund or investing conservatively or diversely so that you can weather out economic crises such as the one we’re now enduring.
Thanks to Fred Beiderbecke for his insightful comments.