Happy New Year! You’ve made it to 2021, and it’s time for a new start.
Like most of us, we’re guessing that you’re interested in being more productive and saving time in 2021. If you clicked on this article, we’re certain of it.
The great thing is that Siri, iPhone’s voice assistant, is always here to help us with our productivity needs. You just have to know how to use it.
The great thing is that we are experts on Siri. We know plenty of Siri hacks to get your new year off to a bold start. Just keep reading if you want to know our top ten hacks for improving productivity through Siri.
1. Set Reminders
You can use Siri to set reminders for the day. All you have to do is say, “Hey, Siri, remind me to do dishes at 8PM.”
It’ll set a reminder with the title of your requests and an alarm matching the time you say. It’ll even give you an option to change something while you’re talking to it. You can use this in case it heard something incorrectly or you misspoke.
These reminders are great for when you think you’re going to forget to do something. You don’t have to worry about relying on your short-term memory or a sticky note that’ll probably get lost on your desk.
2. Set a Timer
Siri can also set a timer for you. If you’re cooking and have too much in your hands, you can tell Siri this: “Hey, Siri, set a timer for 20 minutes.”
It’ll confirm the time and start counting down. You didn’t have to lift a finger.
This is great for a variety of things. You may want to limit television time or track how long a workout is or chunk your schoolwork.
Whatever it is, Siri can count it down.
3. Track Your Sleep
With a shortcut, Siri can track your sleep. You just need to download a sleep tracker app and create a shortcut for Siri to read the information that the app gathers.
Instead of having to run through your sleep analytics every morning, you can have Siri call out the details. This way, you can listen to it while you’re getting ready and you don’t have to run through the numbers yourself.
4. Reply to Texts
One of the best features that Siri offers is the ability to respond to text messages. Just say, “Hey, Siri, send a text message to Erin.”
Siri will pop up and ask what you want to say. Then, it’ll verify the message and ask for your permission to send it. After you tell it to send the text, it’s done.
Boom! By far, this is one of our favorite Siri features. It’s easy, convenient, and quick.
Try using it next time you want to send a text.
5. Send Emails
Just like texts, Siri can send emails. This is a lifesaver for someone who spends way too much time trying to type out emails.
The best thing is that Siri shows you the email as it types it out, so you can correct any mistakes.
It may not be perfect for people who are looking to attach files, but it’s great for those of you who need to write quick replies or send short notes.
6. Make Reservations
Surprisingly, Siri can help you make reservations at restaurants. It’s not as intuitive as we’d like it to be, but it is pretty cool.
Just say, “Hey, Siri, make a reservation at Longhorn.” It’ll pull up the nearest Longhorns and ask you which one you’d like to call.
All you have to do is choose and call to make your reservation. It’s quick and easy. Plus, you don’t have to do the searching yourself.
7. Add an Event to Your Calendar
If you’re looking to quickly add an event to your calendar, Siri has your back. You just need to say, “Hey, Siri, add dinner with Sara to my calendar for January 5th at 5PM.”
It’ll take care of it quickly and easily. As with other planning functions, there’s an option to change anything if something wasn’t added the way that you like it.
8. See How Far Something Is
If you’re planning on making a trip somewhere, it’s likely that you need to know how far away that place is. This can help you plan your day and make it to places on time.
Just ask, “Hey, Siri, how close is Target?” It’ll ask which Target you’re referring to and help you find out how far it is.
9. Log Your Meals
We have another Siri shortcut for you. With this one, you can log your meals.
You just need to download a food logging app and set up a shortcut for Siri to access the date from it. Then, you can tell Siri, “Hey, Siri, log Cheerios and milk for breakfast today.”
It’s done. You’ve logged your food without having to go into the app to do it.
10. Ask Random Questions
With as many times as you’ll use Siri, you’ll be wondering, “is Siri always listening?” Well, it will be listening when you’re asking random questions.
No matter what you want to know, ask Siri. Our personal favorites include asking Siri to calculate complicated math problems and convert complex cooking quantities.
For example, “Hey, Siri, what is 28 times 6?” You can also try, “Hey, Siri, what is 32 ounces in cups?”
Whatever you end up asking it, it’s likely to know the answer or find it using its search engine.
Siri and More
You’re a Siri expert now! It’s time to use these tips and tricks to make the most of 2021.
We can’t wait to see how productive you become by using these strategies. Plus, you’ll be able to share all of them with your friends and help them with their Siri, too.
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