I’ve had my Amazon Echo for a few weeks, and I’m loving it. If you haven’t already, check out this video where I show off how easy it is to enable hands free productivity with Alexa, the voice service by Amazon that powers the Echo smart speaker.
Here are the top three ways I’m using my Amazon Echo to boost my hands-free productivity:
1. Kitchen Productivity
I keep my Amazon Echo in the kitchen. That way, I’ve got access to Alexa when I need her the most and my hands are tied up because I’m making a smoothie or dehydrating some fresh kale chips.
Thankfully, Alexa is packed with skills to make you more productive in the kitchen. Whether you’ve forgotten how many ounces are in a cup or just need to set a timer to remind you to take the roast out of the oven, Alexa has got you covered.
Plus, Alexa can build lists for you, so when you notice your fridge is bare, you can use her to quickly build a grocery list!
- “Alexa, how many tablespoons are in a cup?”
- “Alexa, set a timer for 20 minutes”
- “Alexa, add almond milk to my grocery list”
2. Hands-free Entertainment
For starters, it’s easy to get some music bumping with Echo. Alexa can easily create a music station based on your favorite artist with a simple command like:
“Alexa, play some music.”
But better than that, using the Alexa app on your smartphone, you can connect your Echo to apps like Pandora, Amazon Music and Spotify. You can even upload your own music to your Amazon account, to have access to a wider selection of tracks.
But one feature I really love is the ability to listen to Audiobooks on Echo. While I don’t always have time to sit down and read a book for hours, it’s easy to get Alexa to read to me while I’m doing something else.
For starters, Alexa can read eligible Kindle books in your Kindle library. If you’ve been reading the book on a different device, it will even pick up where you left off.
3. Manage Your Capital One Accounts
With “skills” (which are kind of like apps that enhance the capabilities of Echo) you can give Alexa all kinds of new functionality.
There are apps that turn Alexa into a bartender with thousands of recipes, games that you can play with her, skills that let you order a ride from popular ridesharing services like Uber, and tons more!
One skill I’ve been using a lot lately comes from Capital One. Whether you have a bank account, home mortgage, credit card or auto loan, Capital One’s skill for Amazon Echo makes it easy and hands-free to stay on top of all of your accounts.
Try commands like:
- Alexa, open Capital One and check my bank account balance
- Alexa, ask Capital One, when is my auto loan due?
- Alexa, ask Capital One to pay my mortgage.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Hey readers, this is a “sponsored post” by Capital One. The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.