Unstuck, is a free iPad app available in the iTunes app store and fits into my favorite category - designed to solve a problem. Specifically, as the name implies, the app helps users get unstuck.
The app is easy to use. Users begin the process with the nice introductory cartoonish page at which time the app digs into your stuckness. You will answer a variety of questions & rank the elements of any problem. I’ve tried several times to confound the app and have yet to do so. The app does have limitations – 11 tools and more than fifty targeted tips to help users… yep, get unstuck. That being said I’ve yet to hit a wall and doubt most users will. Users can save up to five stuck moments all of which are kept private even if you share the iPad with others. Stuck moments can be deleted to make room for new ones.
A quick note about the privacy of the app. It seems they can track users but in accordance with iTunes/Apple they do so anonymously. The benefit is for both Unstuck and the user. A recent blog post provides some insight into how others are stuck. I personally hope this is something they will continue to share. It’s nice knowing how you stack up against the rest of the world.
Everyone gets stuck and there’s no shame in it. There are thousands of self help (biz and personal) books designed to walk us through any challenge. Unfortunately there is no feedback look so they are limited in their ability to truly help us get unstuck. This is where the app beats a book.
What I like most about Unstuck is the personal nature it seems to offer, asking the same question more than once to get to the root of your stuckness. Considering your thoughts, emotions and behaviors as you work through your stuck moment. There is also a a feel of relaxedness so as not to add more stress to your stuck moment.
I’ve launched several stuck moments just to work through a process. In every case the end result is what you would expect – a solution to my stuckness. Of course it is still up to the user to take action/move forward but the clarity of the solution makes even that easy – at least at that moment (ask me about my dogs and how they factored into a stuck moment. It seems I will forever be stuck on that one).
Call it a coach, mentor or an app – it works. Compared to hiring a coach it might just be cheaper – iPad included.