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Lazy Mary – Free Energiser

Duration: 5 minutes

Intended for:

This free energiser works as a brain teaser that gets participants thinking and helps to get their minds working again after a lull in a training programme.

Training course contents:

A Word format set of instructions to help you run the ernergiser, ‘Lazy Mary’ can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can follow the notes below.

Resources Needed:

Pen/Pencil and paper for each participant


Ask the following question:

Mary was meant to proof read a document at the rate of 30 pages a day. Lazy Mary was half way through the document before she realised that she was only working at the rate of 15 pages a day.

How fast does she need to proof-read the rest of the document in order to reach the target of 30 pages a day?


She cannot do it, since she has already used up all the time available completing just half of the task.


Use this energiser to help participants to re-focus their minds during a lull in a training programme.

Lazy Mary – Free Energiser


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