When you live in a world where people consume information in 15-second videos and in 140 characters (or less!) being able to process and remember information as quickly, they come in without getting a biochip implanted in your brain would come in very handy.

We know boosting brain power may not sound like it’s directly related to our usual financial repertoire, but the truth is, to be successful in every aspect of life a brain that is capable of more is essential. It’s not that we’re not smart – it’s that everybody can use a boost, which would help us cope with the influx of information, and unlock more of our brain potential to make better decisions, and be better as people all around.

Here are 6 best brain training apps that can potentially help boost your brain power without sensory overload.

  1. Memory Trainer & Fit Brains Memory Trainer available on Android & iTunes

This app deals with training the brain with mind games (no, not manipulative The Pretty Little Liars sort).

Mind games work the same way as busting out a workout at the gym – you work your muscles to improve the health and wellness of your body, and likewise, mind games do the same for your brain. These games help better mental faculties and improve working memory, according to a study in 2013.

A great way to kill time when you’re commuting, maybe it’s time you ditch Candy Crush for a little bit and train your brain while you’re on the train.

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  1. Sworkit available on Android & iTunes

While exercise can help build muscle, the improved blood flow helps to reduce the neural waste products stuck around the brain.

But monotony kills, and here’s where the app excels. The app randomises the brain exercise routines and training sets to keep your muscles in tip top condition and able to adapt.

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  1. Qi-Gong Vitality & Qigong Exercise and Meditation

Qi-Gong is an ancient Chinese way of movement that is believed to improve blood flow, increase healing and vitality via Qi (气). Qi, in this case, refers to breath, indicating that this system deals with the fluid movements of the body and the breathing to achieve a balance of the mind and body.

In many parts of Asia, you’ll notice a group of people practising Qi-Going bright and early in the mornings, often looking like a time-warped version of martial arts.

While Qi Gong doesn’t directly boost brain power it helps calm the mind, releasing stress from your mind and body, helping extensively in decision making.

  1. Sleep Cycle Available on iTunes and Android for USD0.99, or SGD1.49

We don’t need to tell you this, but sleep is vital for the brain. When we sleep or nap, it allows for the body to remove any brain plaque build-up, removing and preventing major brain-clogging and damage. It has been proven that people who sleep less will inherit a larger amount of health problems that can range from a lowered metabolism, all the way to an increased susceptibility to cancer and stroke.

  1. iMimic

If you’ve been more forgetful than usual, iMimic mimics a retro 1980s game, with 8-bit music and Mario-styled gaming. The only difference is that the game plays a computer-generated sequence of tones on a four-button light up disc. You have to follow the sequence in order to progress, and the faster your correct response, the higher your score will be.

While the higher score may be satisfying, the fact that you’re able to tap faster would also be indicative of the fact that your brain’s working memory is improving too!

  1. Luminosity

The Lumosity website and app equip you with a resource of games designed to boost brain muscles, improving memory, speed, problem-solving, attention and flexibility, all of which are essentially core cognitive abilities that will help you with practical problems like remembering names better.

Lumosity can personalise your training programme based on how you’re performing and what you want to improve on, and gives a daily routine of different brain games to help improve performance in the areas of your choice.

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Anna Haotanto is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment and children’s issues. Anna has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Business Insider, INC and The Peak Singapore. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). Anna has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director in Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).