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Who doesn’t enjoy tackling a fun jigsaw puzzle? Well, some folks might not… but there’s plenty to like about the hobby. Jigsaw puzzles can be an enjoyable and productive way to pass time. And, they’re one of very few pastimes that can be both relaxing and intellectually stimulating.

Working on a jigsaw puzzle provides a break from anything that may be bothering or weighing on you. A jigsaw puzzle demands your full attention and the intense concentration it requires can help take your mind off other things in your life that may be stressful. The process also requires reasoning and strategic thinking, which helps keep the mind sharp.

Of course, assembling most jigsaw puzzles isn’t an easy or simple process. It takes plenty of effort and time, but it’s time and effort that’s spent on something satisfying. When you finish a puzzle, you’ve accomplished something tangible you can look at and take pride in.If it’s been a while since you tried putting one together, you might want to think about taking on the challenge. Why? Well… why not?

Here are some steps that can help make working on a jigsaw puzzle a bit more organized.

  • Determine a spot to work on your puzzle. A spot with a flat surface and plenty of space, where you can leave everything as is throughout the process.
  • Spread all your puzzle pieces out, turning each piece over so you can see its image.
  • Separate edge pieces from interior pieces.
  • Sort pieces into piles based on where in the puzzle they most likely belong.
  • Group together pieces with the same distinguishing colors and features. Look for minor variations in color that may help pinpoint their exact location.
  • Divide pieces into smaller groups by shape. For example, pile those with one tab together and those with four tabs together.
  • Begin. Assemble the puzzle’s border first. Locate the four corner pieces of the puzzle and then assemble each edge at a time.
  • Have a plan. Don’t go about the process haphazardly. Focus your attention on one specific portion of the puzzle at a time, working with one group of puzzle pieces at a time.​
  • Take plenty of breaks. It can become frustrating when you can’t find the right puzzle piece for a specific spot. But, don’t let your jigsaw puzzle be a source of stress. Take a break and walk away from the puzzle for a while. Taking a break gives you a fresh perspective.

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