Don’t force a fit. Not only will the piece not fit right; it won’t fit where it belongs, either. If something is meant to be, it will come together.
When things aren’t going so well, take a break. Things will look different when you return.
Be sure to look at the big picture. Getting hung up on all the little pieces only makes you frustrated.
Perseverance pays off. Every important puzzle went together bit by bit, piece by piece.
When one spot isn’t working, move to another. Coming at something from another angle often reveals new pieces you weren’t noticing before. You can then come back to the first one.
The creator of the puzzle always offers you the picture as a guide.
Variety spices up life. It’s the different colors and patterns that make the puzzle interesting. Nobody enjoys the same thing all the time.
Establish the border first. Boundaries give a sense of order and reason to any puzzle. They’re there for a reason.
Don’t be afraid to try different combinations. Some matches are surprising.
Take time to celebrate your successes – even little ones. Sit back and enjoy a good cup of java.
Anything worth doing takes time, effort and patience. A great puzzle can’t be rushed.
—from the 2nd Cup of Coffee files