We agreed to be test subjects for a scientist who wanted to test our team skills for this adventure. We knew we were signing up for quite a challenge as the scientist usually only allowed teams of six to participate in the experiment. Still, since we are quite experienced escapeletes (pronounced escape-leets, for escape room athletes), she agreed to let us have a try. Since the experiment was built for more people than we had on our team, we decided to go in with the mindset that we would complete as many of the challenges as possible, without any expectation of fully completing the experiment.

After the scientist hit the button and opened the door to the experiment rooms, we rushed in and were immediately overwhelmed at the sheer number of puzzles and clues in the three different rooms. We’re no strangers to overwhelm in a room, so we implemented what we’ve learned from previous experiences and decided to take an inventory of all of the clues and puzzles using a few minutes of our time to walk through, familiarizing ourselves with each room. We then split up and started working on puzzles that interested each of us.

Regardless of intentionally implementing our previous learning of staying focused on one thing at a time, we continually found ourselves losing focus, jumping from puzzle to puzzle, and at times, even attempting to multi-task. We had to reorient ourselves many times, even saying out loud, “focus on one thing at a time,” to keep ourselves on track. In the end, we are happy to say that while we didn’t officially complete the full experiment, we made it farther than a team of two should have. What’s more important is that we learned that even with lots of practice on staying on task, one struggles from time to time when life gets overwhelming. The solution is to continue to focus on the task at hand and learn to be happy with the progress one is making.

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