Six (6) Android Games You Should Play Now not Tomorrow

Got a new device? You need to get some new games. Here are some quick recommendations for great Android games. Some are familiar from other platforms. Some are free. Some are paid, and some have specific hardware requirements. All are listed here.
1.  Minecraft Pocket Edition
Why it is great: Minecraft is an entertaining block-building and survival game. You can play either in creative mode where you build and invent things in your own randomly generated world or you can play in survival mode where you use your wits and resources to survive against the creepers who come out at night.
Note – this does not connect with your main Minecraft account if you play the computer version of the game.
Play for yourself or keep it around to entertain kids. (Turn off in-app purchases if you do this.)
Minecraft is a paid app ($6.99) but you can find occasional sales, in-app purchases run from $0.50 to $1.99.   More »
2.  Lara Croft Go
Based on the popular Tomb Raider series and developed by Square Enix, Lara Craft Go is a relatively simple but very addictive puzzle game you can take with you. The puzzles are designed for short bursts of play, so pull it out in the doctor’s office waiting room or while riding the bus home.
Lara Croft Go sells for $4.99 but is occasionally on sale for $0.99. It allows in-app purchases. If you like this game, you can also check out Hitman Go, which is also from Square Enix.  More »
3.  Buttons and Scissors
This is a free puzzle game where you try to cut matching color buttons off of a square of denim. Mechanically this feels similar to Bejeweled, but not completely the same. The logic puzzles offer great challenges for players of all ages.
The other big advantage to this game is that it does not require any connectivity. You can play this game on devices that aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or in that signal dead spot.
Buttons and Scissors is a free download but allows in-app purchases.  More »
 Did you want to try out the new trend in adult coloring books, but you don’t want to carry around coloring pencil and a coloringb book? Try out this app instead. It’s appropriate for kids or adults, and while it’s not the same as coloring in an actual coloring book, it is still very satisfying.
Mandala Coloring Pages is free (with ads) but also allows in-app purchases.  More »
Yes. You can play an Android version of Portal. This is a real console game. As such, it requires a real console. This version will only work on the Nvidia Shield version of Android TV.  The Nvidia Shield starts at around $199 but allows you to stream movies and play Android games on your TV.
Portal starts at $1.99 but this is “introductory pricing.”  More »
If you have a phone with a fast processor and terrific screen display, you can take it for a ride with this virtual reality game. This is a first-person shooter where you aim at balloons. You’ll need Google Cardboard. This is an inexpensive accessory that you can either make or buy for around $15 and will turn your phone into a virtual reality device. Obviously not a game you can play while waiting in a doctor’s office (unless your doctor is awesome) but a fun novelty game to play by yourself or after having one of your friends try on the headset.
VR Cardboard Shooter 3D is a free download.  More »

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The mystery of being productive in what you do!!!


The business world is a hectic place. And people with larger workloads need to be busier to cope with the speed at which the world works – or do they?

A number of studies have shown that being very busy doesn’t necessarily mean being more productive. Surprisingly, the most productive people are often more relaxed than average performers. It all comes down to how high achievers spend their time, or simply said, make the most of it.

By understanding how these top performers spend their hours you can learn ways to be more productive – and possibly less busy – in your daily work.

Practice makes perfect

A study conducted among a group of violin students in the 1990s revealed some surprising insights into different work styles and their consequences.

The students, divided into “Average” and “Elite” players, seemed to spend the same amount of time practicing. Yet, clearly the latter group was developing faster than the former. So what gives?

Giving the students a series of in-depth interviews, the researchers then gave them diaries which divided each 24-hour period into 50-minute chunks, and sent them home to keep a careful log of how they spent their time.

It soon became clear that the difference was in how they spent their practice time. The Elite group was spending almost three times as many hours on concentrated deliberate practice, whereas the average players spread their work throughout the day.

From here, two simple definitions followed.

“Hard work,” consisting of concentrated attention to a given task, may be more rigorous, but you are able to complete it within a clearly defined set of time. This style of work provides you with a clear measure of progress and adds to motivation, since you can complete a task fully within a single time frame.

“Hard to do work,” on the other hand, is work that you complete with difficulty, because of poor time management, interruptions or simple procrastination. Because you need to continually shift your focus back to the task, it causes a false sense of busyness and wastes precious time. It’s also harder to measure clear progress, and inevitably adds up to worse results.

Adapting working style to the business world

These two work models can easily be understood in the context of your own daily work. Ever spent a day running around, jumping from one project to the next, where you seem to make very little headway? Clearly, how you apply your efforts and how you spread your workload has an effect on your performance.

With that in mind, here are a few tips for creating a more concentrated work style to enable better results and reduce false busyness.

Don’t break your hard work up over the day. This makes for more stress and less productivity. With that in mind, and considering that harder tasks will take more effort, it makes sense to prioritise. Put your strongest efforts into these tasks first, as your energy will naturally wane as the day carries on.

Be wary of multi-tasking. It loses its benefits when you jump from one project to the next, distracted by merely being busy with projects instead of getting them done. For best results, work hard at something in a sustained manner to get the best results.

Define your time on social networks. With a lot to do, it stands to reason that wasting time won’t help you. Again, the benefits of a phenomenon like social media quickly turn to obstacles if it isn’t wisely used. As with any task, set aside some time for it during the day. While you’re doing it, do only that. But don’t let it keep cutting into your productive hours.

Nothing beats efficiency. Learning new skills can help you do more work faster. For example, learning the ins and outs of your word processing program can help you edit or create documents faster and more effectively.

Make lists. Nothing beats the simple pleasure and sense of progress of ticking off items on a to-do list that shows how you’re dealing with your day.

The world won’t come to an end if you can’t do everything today

Often, the secret to doing a lot is to avoid doing too much. In a competitive work arena we often take on any and all tasks, assuming it is expected of us.

But completing three or four tasks perfectly counts more than taking on a dozen and half-completing them.

Remember, you’re only human. You have capacity, to a point. Don’t take on something with a steep learning curve if you don’t have the available resources. Don’t try and complete everything at once, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Rather, plan, prioritise and then commit. Your results will show for it.

Bid farewell to busyness

In the end, productivity is good, but false busyness is your enemy. Fight it with concentrated effort by doing one task at a time, with full focus, and doing it well.

By working this way, you’ll be much more relaxed about leaving a task, knowing you’ve done it properly, and then moving on to the next one. In this fast-paced, digitalised world, an age old adage still rings true: slow and steady wins the race.

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