Mornings are hard. In fact, if you’re anything like us, just the prospect of getting out of bed at 6:00 sends a shiver down your spine. Luckily though, with a little bit of help from a smart assistant like Amazon’s Alexa, it’s now becoming even easier to shed those morning blues.
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Here are seven of our favorite Amazon Alexa skills for early mornings that will help you rise and shine every day.
1. Wake up on time.
The alarm functionality on the Echo is basic but effective allowing you to ask Alexa to set a wake-up call for you at the time of your choice and then turn off with a grumble as you roll out of bed. While the standard set of tones for the alarm offers a pretty slim choice of audio awakenings, there are also ways to pair Alexa with Spotify and wake to something a little more to your taste.
2. Get your daily briefing.
(Sort of) like the president, you can get Alexa to give you a rundown of the most important events of the day through flash news briefings as soon as you wake up. The news that Alexa reads to you can be set in advance by defining the categories you’re most interested in. If you just want an immediate update on what’s been going on in the world, simply ask “Alexa, what’s new?”
3. Recap your schedule.
Alexa can let you know what you’ve got lined up for the day ahead like an always-on PA. Simply ask and Alexa will let you know the calendar events in your diary as well as the next and most important appointments for the day ahead.
4. Be inspired.
Waking up early and then feeling motivated can feel like a tall order on some mornings. Luckily, Alexa is looking to help here too though and simply through vocalizing the request “Alexa, inspire me”, she’ll proceed to read an inspirational quote to help get you ready for the day. We like to think of it as our own early morning pep talk.
5. Brighten things up.
If it’s dark outside, use Alexa’s skills to bring a little light into your morning by telling your smart assistant to switch the lights on. When combined with one of the many compatible smart light solutions such as LIFX, Philips Hue or TP Link, you can replicate a pretty close match to natural daylight indoors without even leaving the bed, let alone getting up to flick a light switch.
6. Get the pot on.
Alexa can be tied up to smart plugs to activate an on/off function on any power outlet switch for most regular ‘non-smart’ devices. Hook an Alexa compatible smart plug up to your coffee machine or kettle and be welcomed downstairs by the shot of caffeine you need to face the day.
7. Check the forecast.
Umbrella or sunglasses? Scarf or shorts? To get an idea of how it feels out there when it’s still too dark to tell, just ask “Alexa, what’s the weather?” and you’ll be provided with a personalized report of your local weather for the day to make the most informed decisions before ever opening the front door. This is one of our favorite Amazon Alexa skills.
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