20 Smart Gadgets That Really And Truly Will Save You Time Every Day
1. An Amazon Echo because you can turn off your alarm, play your favorite morning podcast or playlist, and ask for the day’s weather without picking up your phone — a tempting timesuck any time of day, but especially in the morning before work.
It’s completely compatible with all sorts of audio apps, including Apple Music. And if you want to get really fancy with it, you can get smart bulbs, sync it with a smart thermostat, and so so much more.
Promising review: “I am not super-tech-savvy, but I had it set up and playing music within 20 minutes of it being delivered. I used my iPad to “install” it (after getting the free Alexa app), and that was it. No problems. Sound is fantastic, and even though I bought it mainly for the music, I can see myself using it to ask about the weather, how far it is to the nearest Domino’s pizza, and how late does my local grocery stay open. If you like to listen to music and ask general questions, this is fantastic. If you are really interested, you can do all kinds of other stuff with it. I think I will keep it simple. Highly recommended!” — S.R. Bullock
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2. A smart plug — you control it via Alexa, Google Home, and/or an app, meaning you won’t have to run home when you realize you forgot to turn off your straightener or the iron.
Hook it up with a lamp or two and you can also make it look like you’re home when you’re out unexpectedly late, for a little extra home security. Or make sure your kids lights are on in the morning — and off at night.
Promising review: “This had way more of an effect on my life than I expected. I bought these to use digital assistants to control the lights in my bedroom, so I could turn them off without getting up if I was reading in bed. I didn’t even realize that I could schedule my lights in the morning. Now, instead of waking up to an alarm in a dark room and falling back asleep, I wake up when the lights turn on (just before my alarm), and it’s bright so I don’t want to go back to sleep as badly. I can take advantage of my natural instinct to wake up when the sun rises even in the winter. I have consistently woken up hours earlier than I was before.” — Austin
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3. A Roomba vacuum that you can program to go on an expedition all around your house each and every day, picking up the crumbs, hair, and more while all you do is scroll Instagram / get work done / chill with your family.
This is also yet another device you could pair with your Alexa! This version of the Roomba features five times the suction of cheaper models, advanced sensors that know to spend extra time cleaning the dirtier high-traffic areas, and multi-surface rubber brushes designed to pick up even more dirt and hair. It also returns to its dock to recharge when it’s done cleaning.
Promising review: “I have had this for two weeks now and I cannot believe how much I love it. Let me just say, buy it. You won’t regret it. I have three dogs and two cats and they all shed a lot. They also track dirt in through the pet door. I am amazed with how clean my floors look and feel. This little robot navigates around furniture walls and obstacles wonderfully. My one suggestion is spend the first few days running it while you are home, so you can adjust furniture to make sure it has a clear path to a corner or see that you need to pick up cords. On the second day my son said “mom, you’re acting like it’s one of your kids” and I said “I think I like it more than my kids, I give it power and WiFi and it cleans the house. I’ve been giving you power and WiFi and you just mess up the house!”” — Corinne Knapp
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, and walking away from your computer could help you focus better during the time you’re actually working. These are completely customizable: you can either use the included set of stickers or the included pen to designate tasks on each side. Then it syncs with software on your phone or desktop to breakdown how you spend your time. enough breaks
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