Domino is a game in which players place pieces, called dominoes, on a table to try to match them with those already played. There are a variety of rules and variations, but the most basic game involves 28 dominoes, each of which has a certain number of pips (spots) on each end. The first player plays the heaviest piece and the second player plays the next one, which must also have a matching number of pips to the first domino.
In the most basic games, a “double six” set is used; these dominoes have six pips on each side and a line across the middle. A “double eight” or “double ten” set has a similar number of pips on each side, and a “double twelve” or “double fifteen” set has a similar number of spotting on each end.
The origins of domino are a little murky. In English, the word is thought to come from a French verb meaning “to make,” and it is said that the earliest dominoes were made of black-and-white porcelain. In France, however, it was a large, hooded cloak with a mask worn at masquerades that may have inspired the name.
While dominoes have their roots in medieval Europe, modern games use sets of fewer or more pips. The most common and traditional dominoes have six pips per side, but larger sets are available with a number of pips equal to the total length of each side; the most common extended domino sets are double-nine (55 tiles), double-12 (91 tiles), and double-15 (136 tiles).
When a domino is placed upright on the table, it gives off potential energy; as it falls, it uses some of that energy to push against the wall or other surface it’s on. Much of that potential energy is converted to kinetic energy, or the energy of motion.
Some of this kinetic energy is then transferred to the next domino, and so on until all the dominoes have fallen. The process creates a chain reaction that knocks over the dominoes as they fall, and it’s this process that makes the Domino Effect so fascinating.
The Domino Effect is also a powerful way to think about personal strategy. It’s a simple concept that is very effective at helping people develop new habits.
When it comes to the Domino Effect, the key is to find an activity that you are excited about and focus on making progress on that behavior until it becomes a habit. Once it becomes a habit, you can start letting the domino effect cascade as you continue to work on that behavior.
For example, if you are working on improving your time management skills, focus on creating more efficient ways to do everyday tasks and let the domino effect begin to happen. You can then use that as an incentive to keep on moving forward.
In order to create an effective personal strategy, you need to break down your activities into small steps that you can achieve quickly and easily. You can also try to build momentum by setting aside time to work on that activity.