This experience was a little reminiscent of the 80’s flick War Games. We played against a computer and uncovered an assassin’s plot before the computer did, so we didn’t get blown up. We were in a seemingly simple room until many doors in the walls started opening up to provide clue after clue as we solved each puzzle. There was no way to close the doors that had already opened, so we had to keep track of the doors that we had already used and make sure we didn’t miss any of the doors that were newly opened so we could work the next puzzle before the computer launched another attack on us.
Talk about exhausting! Our brains were in cognitive overload several times, so we found ourselves having to check all of the doors to make sure we didn’t miss anything. We ended up beating the computer with just a few minutes to spare before it unleashed a massive bomb on the local populace; however, we left the mission needing a much-earned break. This experience taught us how important it is to give yourself a lot of time to recover after those times in life when you are required to track a lot of information at any given time. Perhaps you have several competing priorities at work and home – carve out time to recover; otherwise, you may not be able to thwart the evil computer from taking over the world.