Smart home innovations in recent years have really made our lives easier. But do you maximize the use of your devices to really make your days as seamless as possible? Here are some smart routines that can help you maximize your productivity and improve your peace of mind.
Amazon’s Alexa is one of the most popular smart home assistants, and it just so happens that there are many routines you can take advantage of to get the most out of your smart device. One way to do this is through “Alexa Skills”
From there, you can set up Alexa routines with the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet. Click on the upper left corner and routines will be an option in the drop-down list. This is also where you should go to see what routines you have currently configured. To make routines, you need to have “triggers” that urge them to happen. These can be a variety of things: voice commands, a time of day, alarms or even the location of your phone and so on. These triggers call for a routine action.
Google Home Routines
Your Google Home can also set up routines to use around your home. To do so, go to the Google Assistant app and tap the blue icon in the upper right corner. From there, press the three vertical dots and select “settings”. Scroll down and select Services under “Routines”. Choose from the selection of tasks and routines in this menu to automate your home and simplify your life.
1. Play music in the morning
You can set your hub to play music in the morning in a separate room from your bedroom to help you get out of bed. This is a good routine to set up to stay regular in the morning.
2. Routine at night
Closing the house for the night can really feel like a chore. Let your smart hub help you through a night routine. Your hub can work with other smart home technology to turn off lights, turn on the bedroom lights, lock the doors and adjust the temperature. This can be set to happen automatically every night at set times or by a voice command.
3. Encourage chores
You can encourage your children to complete their chores with smart hub routines. For example, set up a routine that tells your children at a certain time each day that it’s time to clean their room, set the table or put away the laundry. This way, you can hold them accountable for completing their chores as soon as the daily reminder occurs.
4. Switch on appliances
Your smart devices can work to turn on appliances in your home at set times. For example, take coffee penetrating when you wake up or run the dishwasher overnight for clean dishes and utensils in the morning.
5. Night light
Let your device act as a night light in your home to prevent bumps and trips during the middle of the night trips to the bathroom. This is a simple routine when the night light comes on every night, but it makes a difference.
6. Notice of door opening
Especially if you have small ones in the house, it is a good routine and wonderful security function to notify when one of the doors to your home is open. That way, you’re always aware if something’s wrong.
Automating your life has never been easier, making things safer, more efficient and easier as you go through your days around the house.