At times, life can be very busy. If you can find a good balance between work, your personal life, and your social life, it will be easier to get everything done. You can get help with just a few words if you have Amazon Alexa. There are many ways to use Alexa to get more done and make your day feel a little less crazy.
The anxiety of getting things done might make it harder for you to reach your daily goals. A management services company called ComPsych found that stress causes 41% of people to waste between 15 and 30 minutes of work time daily. Three-sixths of them lose an hour or more.
But Apperian, a company that manages mobile phones, found that 23% of people said that technologies like mobile apps could help people be more productive at work. Even if your job isn’t the only place you won’t be productive, the numbers show it’s a good place to be.
Technology might help you get more done, but you must know how to use it to your benefit. So, here are eleven Alexa tricks that will help you start your day, organize your schedule, remain productive, and breeze through the workweek like a pro:
When getting ready, set timers.
You can use Alexa’s timers to make sure you don’t take too long to get ready in the morning if you want to get ready faster. Say something like, Alexa, set a timer for 20 minutes, and you can ensure you finish your morning routine on time. You’ll have enough time to get out the door and not worry about being late.
Utilize Announcements To Motivate Everyone
If you live with your family or other people and are all carpooling or need to go to the same place, you can use Alexa’s announcements to ensure everyone gets ready and leaves home on time. Just tell Alexa, Announce that we’re leaving in 10 minutes, and the message will play on all the devices in your home that support Alexa. Everyone will know what to do, and you won’t have to yell down the hall or look in every room.
Keep an eye on your schedule.
Part of preparing your day is knowing what you already have planned for that day. You don’t have to pull out your phone to check your schedule. Just ask Alexa, What’s on my schedule for today? or Alexa, tell me when my next meeting is. And you can ensure you stay on schedule even when busy with other things.
Create reminders for yourself throughout the day
Sometimes, you plan your day after you’ve already started it. If you need to go to the doctor or make an important phone call, you can ask to set a reminder, so you don’t forget. You can tell Alexa, Remind me to call Cheyenne at 3 PM, and Alexa will send you a reminder at 3 PM. You can add reminders as you go about your day without moving a finger.
Make a list of things to do.
Making lists of the things you need to do is one of the best ways to plan your day. And with Alexa, you don’t have to get a pen and paper or open the Notes app on your phone. Say things like, Alexa, add exercise to my to-do list, and Alexa will add it to a list you can access by voice or through the Alexa app. You can even make a list for later in the day with Alexa’s Lists feature.
Check Your Emails on the Go
Depending on how busy your day is, you might not have time to sit down and check your email before going to work. This is especially true if you drive or need to do else on your way to work. With Alexa, you won’t miss a beat when you check your email. Alexa can tell you if you have any emails from Shantel. Your device will peruse your emails out loud, and you can even reply to any email by talking to it.
Make Dinner Reservations
Alexa can start taking away the stress of deciding what to make for dinner every night. Just turn on the What’s for Dinner skill and ask Alexa, What should I make for dinner? Your device will give you ideas for what you should eat. Also, Alexa will also give you recipes so you can hear step-by-step instructions on how to cook your food. This makes it easy to know what to make for dinner.
Make a plan for going to bed.
Now Alexa can take care of everything you need to do to wind down for the night. With the Routines feature of the device, you can link a series of actions to a place or time to ensure you do all you need to do at night to get a good night’s sleep. Alexa can play white noise, dim the lights, set a certain temperature, or do all these things as part of your Routine.
Set alarms to wake you up the next day.
You can make plans for tomorrow even before today is over. Alexa can set alarms to get you up in the morning so you don’t have to fret about sleeping in or being late to work. As long as the Wake-Up skill is turned on, you must tell Alexa, Set the alarm for 7 AM. If you’re like me and want to be woken up by more than one alarm, you can ask Alexa to establish as many as you want.
Save time during your showers.
Are you among those people who take way too long in the shower? Alexa’s Shower Timer skill can help track how long you’re in the tub. Whether you want 15 minutes or only 5, the Shower Timer will save you time to get to your next task faster.