We found ourselves in the land of swords and wizards for this adventure, specifically, in a wizard’s lair that had a familiar-looking sword trapped in a stone. Our mission was to locate five elemental crystals to free the sword and return to our own time; otherwise, we’d be trapped in the past. This was a big mission to accomplish in 60 minutes, so we immediately got to work on identifying the various aspects of the room we could work with. Unfortunately, there was so much to look at and appreciate that we found ourselves spending way too much time wandering around. In fairness, this was also our seventh adventure for the day, and it was later in the evening than we were used to having to cognitively function (in other words, we were usually watching tv or asleep at this time.)

Thankfully we had a guide to help us through the experience. As we found ourselves slowing down, we asked for guidance to pick up our pace as we had yet to uncover one of the five crystals, and we were almost halfway through the adventure. That extra guidance and the burst of energy from realizing we were behind helped us focus and strategize on how we would complete the rest of the room. We decided it was time to split up, and each worked through a series of challenges to locate the five elemental crystals. Luckily, we were able to put all five in their places to free the sword and return to our time within mere seconds of being trapped there forever.

This experience taught us several lessons – most of all, how important it is to be well-rested when tackling complex challenges. However, we also realized how important it is to create a plan of attack for whatever project we are about to embark upon. Identify and communicate expectations for which person will work on what tasks and check in regularly for progress and guidance.

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