Q: What’s one app you use that helps make your day-to-day less stressful?
A: Breathe. “I like to use the Breathe app on my Apple Watch. Sometimes, a simple cure for stress is to simply breathe. Meditation has been proven to calm your mind, and this app helps you to do just that. It reminds me each day to stop, take a deep breath, close my eyes for a minute, and relax. In addition to the series of breathing guides, it also gives you gentle taps to help you focus. Simple, but effective.” Jordan Gurrieri, Blue Label Labs
Google Hangouts. “I use Google Hangouts for my business and my everyday life. It helps me stay connected to everyone at all times, and I don’t even have to be at the computer to do so. We have some team members in different time zones, so it especially helps move things forward when there are quick questions at odd hours of the day.” Jessica Baker, Aligned Signs
OneNote. “Microsoft’s OneNote app has been a life-saver. No matter where I am, I can jot down a few thoughts, to-do lists, or scheduling details, and they’re accessible to me everywhere. It’s great for peace of mind.” Steven Buchwald, Buchwald & Associates
Pandora. “Search engine optimization is a stressful industry to work in, and it’s sometimes difficult hitting internal SEO objectives and deadlines while also maintaining a fun work environment. I pay for the premium version of Pandora and have it play in the office while we’re working. It helps lighten the mood, and when we need some comic relief, I put on an obscure station like traditional Chinese or the Christmas rap station.” Christopher Rodgers, Colorado SEO Pros
Headspace. “Meditation has been proven to increase productivity and reduce stress. I’ve been using Headspace for almost a year. Many of the guests we interview on the podcast I run use it too. I swear by it so much that I bought it for family members for the holidays. Being able to take 10 minutes to focus on myself is one thing I cannot give up. That time is sacred.” Steven Picanza, Latin & Code
Flipboard. “I get almost all of my news and business-related articles from Flipboard. It allows me to follow news outlets and topics that interest me, and I don’t have to scroll through a ton of content I don’t care about. The articles that pop up on my feed are almost always helpful to me in some way, whether it’s personally or professionally. It’s a great app to use if you need a break from work and want to learn something new.” Ben Walker, Transcription Outsourcing, LLC
Gett. “Running a business in New York City also means running around New York City. I wouldn’t be able to get around town without Gett. Not only can I book my rides in advance but they also have $10 flat rides all over Manhattan. Knowing I can make it to a meeting with time to spare definitely alleviates my stress.” Stephanie Cartin, Socialfly