- 1 6 Best Google Assistant Routines to Make You More Productive
- 1.1 How to Set up Custom Routines
- 1.2 1. Shuffle a Playlist for an Hour
- 1.3 2. Send a Text to Your Loved One
- 1.4 3. Switch Purifier and Lights On
- 1.5 4. Triggering Maps and Music Player When You Are Driving
- 1.6 5. Redefine Smartness in Smart Plugs
- 1.7 6. Help You Focus or Sleep Better
- 1.8 Get the Smartness of Routines
6 Best Google Assistant Routines to Make You More Productive
Google Assistant is the smart companion we desire to make our lives easier. You can set your morning alarm, ask it to crack a funny joke, or even remember what to bring home for dinner. However, it’s counter-productive to do the same things repeatedly for 5 days a week.
For example, I check Google Maps for traffic before I start for the office, and at the same time, I shuffle songs from my playlist. But doing that every day is tedious and feels like a waste of time. Thankfully, Google Assistant Routines can program all these tasks and things.
Google Assistant Routines allow you to program the assistant using your voice. For example, if you want to turn off all the lights, close the blinds, and play relaxation music on Spotify, Routines makes it possible.
With Routines, you can trigger multiple commands simultaneously. Just wake up the assistant and give a command. The best part is that Routines work on Google Home, Android devices, and are supported by Chromecast and Smart TVs.
Setting up Routines is easy and time-saving. Now, let’s learn how to set up custom routines.
How to Set up Custom Routines
To make your phone, open Google Assistant and tap the Compass icon. Then tap your thumbnail and select Settings.
Head over to the Assistant tab and select Routines from the menu. Google offers six default routines, which you can customize. You can also add your own routines.
The trigger in a routine is either a voice command or a fixed time, while the action is added in the part where you write ‘My Assistant should’.
To add a custom action, tap Add action and enter the text. From inquiring about the weather to reminding you about calendar events and to-dos, the assistant can assist you with many tasks. If you’re unsure about the commands, tap ‘Choose popular actions’ to see if there’s a command that meets your needs.
Tap the Add button in the upper-right corner when you finish selecting the commands.
Then, you can set the assistant to play podcasts or songs you like. Tap Media and choose a category. Next, customize the playback by tapping the cog icon.
Click Add, and that’s it! You’ve created your first custom Routine. To activate it, wake up the Assistant and give the command.
Now, let’s explore some of the top Google Assistant routines for enhanced productivity.
1. Shuffle a Playlist for an Hour
What better way to start your day than waking up to your favorite music? You can set your Google Assistant to play your favorite songs in the morning. Need to wake up quickly? Ask it to play heavy metal from Spotify or YouTube Music.
2. Send a Text to Your Loved One
My husband travels for work. Most days, I drop a message that I am on my way to the office (or home). But, as I mentioned, these are redundant, and can easily be taken care of automatically. After all, he’s just a phone call away.
If you are like me, you can take advantage of this feature. Tap the Plus icon to create a custom routine, and then go to the Popular actions section.
Once there, select Send a text. Add the message and choose a contact. Add any other desired actions and save it. The next time, you can easily avoid the hassle of opening the messaging app and drafting the message. In the meantime, you can get some work done. Combine this task by opening the map to determine your commute to work.
3. Switch Purifier and Lights On
This is one of the most useful options — using Routines to turn on your smart lights simultaneously. Like other routines, just utter a command. Giving a short and memorable name is recommended. However, to activate the devices, you must first integrate them with Google Home. Open the Google Home app on your phone, go to Add > Set up device > Works with Google, and choose the devices from the dropdown menu.
You can follow the same setup for your thermostat and other smart gadgets when leaving for work. Need help setting up gadgets? Read on to learn how to set up and assign rooms to your smart home gadgets.
After setting everything up, create a new routine and select Popular Actions. Then, tap on the Cog icon next to ‘Adjust lights, plugs, and more’ to access all your connected devices. Simply tap on the devices to make any necessary adjustments.
Next time you go to bed, say ‘I am going upstairs’ and everything will be taken care of. The hallway lights will turn on, the bedroom lights will turn off, and the air purifier/humidifier will switch on. If you’re forgetful, you can also set the Assistant to ask you if you checked the gas stove.
4. Triggering Maps and Music Player When You Are Driving
Usually, I get in my car, open Google Maps, and YouTube Music. This takes me a good 1-2 minutes as I have to search for the apps, specific places, and the likes.
With Routines, all this can be automated. Just set ‘Tell me about my commute to work’ as an action. You can also add ‘Tell me about today’s calendar’ to kickstart your day. And as a Media option, you can program the Assistant to play YouTube Music’s Mixtapes.
These tasks will ensure your safety as you leave the parking lot and enter the streets. You’re welcome in advance.
5. Redefine Smartness in Smart Plugs
If you don’t have a smart device, you can turn a regular device into a smart one by plugging it into a Google Home compatible smart plug. They are easy to use and affordable.
You need your coffee pot to be hot when you return home from the office or wake up. Simply set a reminder with a specific time, and you’ll be all set. No more grumpy mornings or evenings.
In addition, during the Holiday season or Halloween, you can connect them to string lights and automate the on/off process.
Don’t have a smart plug? Check out the one below.
6. Help You Focus or Sleep Better
Let’s not forget that productivity requires focus and a good night’s sleep. Utilizing routines can be helpful in achieving these goals.
To turn on ambient sounds, choose Sleep sounds from the Media options. Additionally, adjust the volume to avoid interruptions during sleep.
Get the Smartness of Routines
You can set Routines to turn your TV on/off if you have a connected Chromecast. This way, you can get the best out of Google Assistant Routines and save time and energy. Time that can be used for more important tasks. Which one will you implement first?
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