I asked you: “Did you walk to work or carry a lunch?” What was your initial reaction?
Most likely it didn’t make sense, maybe it created some confusion in your mind because the question really does not make sense.
What can you take away from this?
When you are playing Sudoku, regardless if you’re just starting out or have been playing for a long time, you may be creating confusion in your mind.
For example. Let’s say you’re working on a specific box, you may have just ONE too many options for a particular spot…
And what happens is a mental block.
When this happens, there is a moment of paralysis.
Has that ever happened to you where you’re playing and all of a sudden, it’s like you’re paralyzed?
Well that happens because your brain has gotten confused. It’s the normal reaction of your brain.
Another cause of this confusion could be that you haven’t written down ENOUGH information, perhaps feeling like you can keep it all in your head and be able to follow it.
In both cases the outcome is the same…
The same thing that happened to you when you read the title of this article…confusion. That’s the outcome.
But, how do you make sure you’re keeping the level of confusion down to a bare minimum?
- Make sure you stay consistent. Think about it, as people we love consistency because it is safe. So make sure you do it in your playing as well.
What do I mean by staying consistent? Well, there’s lots of examples but the easiest one is to follow the pencil marking strategy I’ve taught you in the lessons.
And follow them exactly EVERY SINGLE TIME.
If you feel you’re more advanced and think you can tweak what I’ve showed you, that’s ok, but be sure you do it the same exact way every single time.
Another example is how you start your game. You need to start the same way every time because if you don’t, it will create confusion later on in the puzzle.
Remember, your brain LOVES consistency, so give it what it wants!
- I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: Keep the information you have on the puzzle to a minimum. Just enough to help you.
I covered this concept early on in the videos but it seems like it’s still a point where many folks are falling behind.
When I get emails for help, almost always one of the main reasons for all the confusion, and for getting stuck is way too much information in a particular area.
If you follow my recommendation in the videos for how many possibilities you should account for, you won’t get stuck as much.
Again, don’t create confusion in your game…if you do, you’ll just create mental blocks that will be VERY uncomfortable for you…
And if that happens…
Chances are you’re probably not going to want to keep playing.
The game already has a level of difficulty engineered into it, no need to add your own!