Leadership doesn't have to equal high blood pressure. It's true that as the leader, people count on you to make the tough decisions. However, getting stressed about it isn't going to help. The ability to keep cool under fire can be learned, and even enhanced. Why are CEOs on magazine covers always smiling? They've already deployed some of the following apps.
1. Stay Sharp
One crisis at a time is not an option. To handle it all effectively in time to prevent a disaster, you've got to have wide vision and laser focus simultaneously. Lumosity gets you there. Imagine having 40 universities and neuroscientists across 180 countries working on improving your brain's functions. These personalized brain trainers will activate whatever portion of your brain you're not using yet.
Time per day: 15 minutes
2. Erase Stress
What has stress ever done for you? Ruin your health, dull your focus, shut out new ideas and light a fire under your anxieties. Effective leaders de-stress to impress. Headspace is a meditation training app that gives you a silver bullet for stress. Twitter's founder, Evan Williams and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington both endorse the app. They both have not only grown their companies significantly but have also made a cultural impact as leaders. It makes you wonder what you've been doing with your time.
Time per day: 10 minutes
3. Think Faster
Jeopardy has the right idea. The winner isn't the one who knows the most; it's the one who buzzes in first and still comes up with the right answer. Think well but think fast. The Fit Brains Trainer is like a speed coach for your flabby thoughts. Improve memory, problem-solving, concentration and visual-spatial recognition. Your brainpower is like a muscle. Use it or lose it.
Time per day: A few minutes
4. Seriously Chill
Consider the eternal cycles of the sky and the ocean. Consider your place in the natural order of things. Consider how much the company must have paid to secure that URL. The Calm app doesn't tell you what to think about, it just makes it incredibly peaceful to do so. When you lose your calm, your people stop trusting you, and that's the number one way to get blindsided.
Time per day: From 2 – 20 minutes per session
5. Finish It
How do you stop procrastinating and just get it done? Warren Buffet refers to this as “thumb-sucking” and he admitted that it cost him over $400 million this year alone. If you and your team need to accomplish more in less time, launch the Pomodoro app. This time management app burns through your to-do lists like a hot tomato.
Time per day: 25 minutes at a time
6. Explain Yourself
Everyone would probably agree with you if they understood what you were talking about. Original, creative, world-changing ideas are usually the most difficult to explain. MindNode makes the connections plain so that others can easily get on board with your vision.
Time per day: As long as it takes to enter your ideas
7. Take a Breather
You've got a conference call with investors in 57 minutes. WiFi is failing. Coffee shops are too loud. You're in a strange city. Would now be a good time to panic? No, the time to panic is a luxury you can't afford. Just launch the Breather app instead. Find a peaceful, professional, relaxing spot to get your business done, no matter where you are.
Time per day: Seconds
A Better Meditation Cushion
The best way to relax is to know that your revenue is increasing. But when the chips are down and you're fighting for every penny, don't waste your time worrying. Use one of these apps to get yourself centered and your business on the path to success.