I would compare getting an Amazon Alexa to getting a brand new friend, it’s kinda awkward, you don’t know what to talk about, but yet the entire relationship is right there in front of you. It’s exciting but intimidating, and when I first got my Alexa there were sometimes WEEKS of silence because how was I supposed to know what to ask her I barely knew her. Luckily, our relationship has since blossomed and I’ve tapped into her full capabilities and ever since we’ve been getting along swimmingly. I’ve since learned some pretty sweet things to ask my new BFF and so I’ve compiled them in this vault for all of you to enjoy as well! If you have a google home idk what to tell you, I’m sure you can modify these to work on your device but ask someone else I’m not IT.
“Alexa, help me sleep”
This one is forever life altering. If you’re like me and have some wee troubles getting your brain to turn off this is the Alexa function for you! Just ask, “Alexa, help me sleep.” You can then choose to have her enable white noise, read to you, tell you a bedtime story, help you meditate, or my personal favourite, play one of her 40+ sleep sounds. Why a crackling fire, blowing leaves, and rain are so relaxing I have no idea but trust me here its INCREDIBLE. You can even request she turn it off after an hour so you don’t have to worry about having her wailing away all night after you’ve reached your REM state.
“Alexa, help me with my commute”
I drive a lot. Like a lot a lot. And that means most of the time I’m running out the door like a triathlon athlete. It sounds so petty, but when you have 4 minutes to get out the door commands like, “Alexa, what’s the weather in Winnipeg” and “Alexa, what time is it” are killer. Plus you can input your most common route so you can ask, “Alexa, how long is my commute this morning” AND SHE’LL GIVE YOU IT TO THE MINUTE. She’s a genius I know it. I also find it helpful when doing my makeup to as her set an alarm for 7:42 a.m. (or whatever your drop dead time to get out the door is) so that she’s got my back even if I get carried away working on my eyebrows for 20 minutes.
“Alexa, help me with my homework”
I’m one of those annoying people always asking everyone in my life to quiz me or let me tell them about my fascinating eight pages of notes I can recite by heart and pro-tip: people do not like doing that. You can ask Alexa, to spell, calculate or translate ANYTHING. She can give you synonyms and antonyms if you’re writing a paper and are trying to find the perfect diction, and can wikipedia anything you ask. Just say “Alexa, wikipedia ________” and you’ll get the opening paragraph. EVEN BETTER, sync your Alexa with Quizlet and she will study with you verbally. You’ll sound absolutely insane talking to yourself in your bedroom but it’s worth it for that A++ amirite ladies.
“Alexa, help me work out”
Always wanted a personal trainer but on a tiiggghhhtttttt budget. SAME. Let Alexa do it instead. Just ask, “Alexa, help me breath” to go through a 5-minute breathing exercise, download the Yoga Trainer App and use Alexa to walk you through the workout. Just say, “Alexa, ask Yoga Trainer to start a new session” then “Alexa, ask Yoga trainer for the next pose” etc. My personal favourite is to ask Alexa to “start 7-minute workout” to give you a circuit training session that KILLS. You can ask her to pause and go as you please.
There you have it, the commands I use for my Alexa on the daily. These are just scratching the surface and I’m sure we have a long and fulfilling life together ahead. Here’s the link to my Amazon Echo if you’re just dyyyyyinggg to put these into practice (I would 10/10 recommend).