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4 Applets for problem solving

We’ve all been there: stuck on a problem, our thoughts going round and round. It’s a frustrating feeling. Applets don’t hold all the answers, but there are some ways they can help. Here’s 4 that might just get you to a solution quicker:


1. Capture your ideas as they come, without judgment.

Think of it as a brainstorming session with yourself. Wherever you are, whenever it is, use the Note widget Applet to quickly send your idea to your email. You’ll have an inbox full of potential solutions to review the next time you’re at your desk.

2. Draw on collective brain power.

There’s approximately 500 million tweets posted every single day. One of them might just hold your answer! Think of a keyword or phrase related to your problem, and create an Applet that sends tweets with it to a Google spreadsheet.


3. Ask around.

Create a simple, free survey and send it to a trusted group of colleagues or confidants. Getting their feedback in a more impersonal, anonymous way might unlock some important feedback and insights. This JotForm Applet will make sure you know as soon as someone’s responded.

4. Stay informed.

The better the input, the better the output. Feed your brain regularly with content on the topics you’re tackling. If the New York Times doesn’t work for you, you can try NPR, find a Feed, or even draw from Reddit communities.