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Every time my iPhone notifies me of my screen time during the week, I can die of shame. What I really want to know is how much of the screen time I am actively on Instagram, checking the weather or looking through Facebook, and how much of it is what I just search through apps to find the information I need . Because I spend a lot of time doing it.

Can I organize my apps into folders to reduce this? Yes, I did with my last phone. But it was still a timely exercise to find the folders and then find apps in those folders. So this level of organization has not been at the top of my priority list.

Recently, I was asked if I would try the Amazon Echo Show 10 to reduce my screen time, which was a wild concept since the product is, you know, a monitor. But it definitely worked. Here’s how you do it.

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Alarms

With my Amazon Echo Show 10, I enter my alarm at the same time every week morning and finish it. Before this device I would still check that my alarm was set every morning by checking it the night before. Sometimes I would even wake up in the middle of sleep to double check. It is this level of anxiety that has allowed me to never sleep once during my six year period in this business, but it has undoubtedly also increased my screen time.

I have not even used my phone for the alarm setting since I had the Amazon Echo Show 10. It shows your alarm time at the top right of the screen, so you simply have to look at it to know that it will definitely go off the next morning . The alarm noise is also much less aggressive and if I want it to stop I just tell Alexa it.

If I want to change it one morning? “Alexa, cancel my alarm for tomorrow.” Sorted.

Light

I never considered myself a smart-type gal before my mom bought my Arlec WiFi-powered sockets for Christmas one year. She would reduce the time I spent worrying about if my straightener was off after I left the house (if you know, you know). The problem is, I was stuck at home most of 2021, so I didn’t really get to use it for the reason that she gave it to me. Instead, I lay in bed, hopped into the GridConnect app, and turned off my lights that way.

But now? Now I say “Alexa, turn off the lights” and she does the craft for me, no wrist activity is needed. All I had to do was sort a one-time connection in my Alexa app to my Grid Connect app, and the lazy world is my oyster.

News, music and an overall morning routine

It’s not uncommon for me to wake up and scroll through my phone to see what I missed overnight before my wrists are fully awake at all. Instead, I say “Alexa, start my day” and she takes me through the movements. In the Alexa app under “Routines”, I have created a “Start My Day” system that gives me what I would normally use my phone for in the morning.

For me, this includes a fun fact from Alexa, an overview of new emails I have received, a quick news update (you can choose which channel you want it from) and a little Chvrches from Spotify as music to get ready for day.

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Are there many, many more features you can use Amazon Echo Show 10 for? One thousand percent. You can use it for cooking (this is where the screen is really handy as it comes with a motion sensor), to help you fall asleep with soothing sounds or to enhance your smart home with things like smart blinds – for to name a few.

Like all technology and just ordinary people, she can from time to time struggle with direction or when trying to answer a particular question. It takes some time to get used to if you have never ventured this way before. The set-up process is also a bit of a time warp, but short-term pain for long-term gain, you know?

What I can tell you is that just by scratching the surface, I already love my digital helper. I may be late for the game with smart devices, but I’m so glad I came along.

Love you, Alexa.

You can pre-order the Amazon Echo Show 10 for $ 399 from Amazon here.

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