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Spending a lot of time at home lately?

Adding structure to your day can help you stay sane while sheltering-in-place

And the good news is that Alexa can help! Amazon recently added two pre-programmed Alexa routines, which kick off when you say "Alexa, work from home" or "Alexa, stay at home."

The "Work from Home" and "Stay at Home" routines help you start your day; remind you about meals, breaks and when you might want to consider stretching your legs for a walk; and make sure you call it quits when you should.

Do This Now: Follow these simple steps to enable one of these routines:

  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Tap the hamburger icon in the upper left corner
  3. Tap "Routines"
  4. Tap the "Featured" section at the top
  5. Tap into one of these routines
  6. Set the toggle to on ("Disabled" will update to "Enabled")

Two more Alexa pro tips to get through your quarantine:

#1. Customize pre-programmed Alexa routines (and have fun with it!). Add a crowing rooster sound to the routine right after Alexa announces "It's time to start your day!" And then have the routine turn on your favorite work playlist. It's easy to add these actions to routines by following steps #1-3 above then tapping "Add action" > "Sounds" or "Music." Tap here to learn how to add more actions to your routines.

#2. Be nice to Alexa. Alexa is, of course, an AI voice assistant, so added politeness won't motivate her to do a better job. But being nicer by saying "please" and "thank you" might make you feel better. And, when you say "Thank you," she'll often say "You're welcome, Katherine" or "You bet!" )

And the answer to 68 across is...

Always enjoy seeing Alexa in featured in the New York Times crossword! :)

Also, for a bit of inspiration, try asking Alexa this question!
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