Are you experiencing the common phenomenon of days and weeks melding together to create one continuous blur of monotonous existence? Now is a great time to start mixing it up. As you go about your regular routine, consider employing some of the following mind games to spice up an average day. You have unlimited opportunities to make each day entertaining and memorable.
Names and Baristas:
Have a competition between friends to see who can get your local baristas to write the most outrageous names: Twinkie, Nombre, Methuselah, Umbridge
Keep the cup stickers for proof.
Try and get people to use a word or phrase that you have changed the definition for.
For example, on a youth group trip to Carowinds, my sister and I decided to use the word “rent” in a variety of situations. “That roller coaster was rent!” “Did you see that rent trashcan over there?” This is actually fairly easy to accomplish—in this age people are always absorbing new vocabulary, usually with vague definitions.
Last year, my class spread the phrase “wet socks” to describe someone who is trying to hide how uncomfortable they are. The phrase died mercifully, but it’s still a good inside joke. You can be the originating source of a whole slew of vocabulary, and no one will know! Who knows, one day your slang might up in the Urban Dictionary alongside Yolo, Swag, and Chick Flick.
Stories from Litter:
Go on a walk downtown, or even to your local Cracker Barrel to examine odds and ends. Then create a whole story, scenario, or life around those objects.
Objects that may work include, but are certainly not limited to, a beat-up baseball cap (the cause of a family schism), a knotted string (a makeshift engagement ring for a forbidden love), a bent paper clip (the liberator of an escaped inmate from handcuffs), and a bicycle chain (braces for a pet elephant).
The possibilities are endless; and you never know, one or two of your stories may actually be accurate!
Imaginary Significant Other:
Are you tired of grandparents, extended relatives, or perfect strangers asking you if you have a significant other yet? Here’s an idea: don’t rattle off the same old refrain, “Not a chance,” “I don’t want to settle,” or “Thank goodness, no.” Instead, convince people that you do indeed have a significant other. As you describe them with a straight face, make sure it sounds like someone of whom they would never approve.
You could also make up a weird occupation or pastime for your fictional sweetheart like, “He recycles helicopter wheels to make welcome mats,” or “She rides an electric chair to school, because she thinks slower things are better for the environment.”
You can also create weird quirks about them like “She has wobbly shoulders” or “He’s super tall, but at the same time kind of short,” all the while watching the expressions of your victim.
The Life of a Stranger:
Describe the life of a person you have only observed for 30 seconds.
This pastime is most successful while sitting in a coffee shop pretending to study chemistry with a friend.
Focus in on your target the moment they step into the chilly interior of your Starbucks haunt. Notice the way they walk, monitor the way they wait in line, scrutinize the way they treat the barista and note the drink they order.
Once they walk out, your time is up!
Turn to your friend and explain in detail that the aged man who stumbled into Starbucks, checked his watch as he waited in line, greeted the barista like a friend, and ordered a Caramel Apple Spice is in fact in the Witness Protection Program!
Inform your friend that the man walked with a limp because he twisted his ankle running away from a member of the Knox Gang on his way to testify against the gang leader, Rodger Wanderson. He is now late to the trial, which is why he checked his watch. He seemed familiar with the barista because he grew up in a military family, always moving, and has, therefore, learned to make friends quickly. Finally, he ordered an un-caffeinated beverage to prevent migraines—a condition he has suffered from ever since his little sister took up singing lessons when he was eight-years-old…or something along those lines.
This activity will boost your creativity, which in turn will positively affect your concentration once you decide to get back to chemistry. Also, it will help open your eyes to the extraordinary people around you, who initially were just faces in the crowd.
Here are some more quick ideas: start an Instagram account as a fictional person and see how many followers you can get. Memorize Morse code. Make up a new alphabet (think elfish). Learn to speak Pig Latin.