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Entrepreneurs, Redditors and Amazon reviews alike have sung the praises of the Amazon Echo as a tool for managing the ADHD brain. Writes one user: “It keeps a shopping list, a to do list, calendar, timer, and alarm. And the best part? We can do what we do best – just blurt it out when we think of it.”
There’s no doubt that having Alexa is making life easier for users, but how would she fit into your life? Is it worth the effort to learn all the commands? Is it worth the price tag?
To get started with the Amazon Echo, you will need the device itself, a reliable wireless connection and a mobile device with which to use the app. The app is where you will be able to edit shopping and to-do lists and access alarms among many other features including:
- Voice-controlled music playing.
- 360º audio that fills the room.
- Voice control that can hear you from far away.
- Apps and smart home device integration.
- Ongoing updates that means Alexa just gets smarter.
Here’s a breakdown of a few features those with ADHD can especially take advantage of:
Command(s): “Alexa, add X to shopping list” and “Alexa, I need to buy X. You also can hold down the microphone button on the remote and say “I need X.”
The Lowdown: Simply talk to your Amazon Echo when you suddenly remember you need to add something to your grocery list. Check off items as you purchase them on your app, where you also can buy from Amazon directly.
Command(s): “Alexa, I need to X.”
The Lowdown: Same concept as the grocery list, except for items like getting your oil changed. The list is stored on the Amazon Echo app, where you can make edits as needed and cross off when completed.
Command(s): “Alexa, what’s on my calendar for today?” or “Alexa, what’s on my calendar next week?”
The Lowdown: Start your day right by asking Alexa what’s on the agenda for the day. While you’re at it, ask about the weather and traffic so you can prepare accordingly.
Command(s): “Alexa, set timer for X”, “Alexa, how much time is left?” and “Alexa, stop timer.”
The Lowdown: This is a favorite Amazon Echo feature for those cooking multiple items and need multiple timers. Also comes in handy when you need to be reminded to leave for something.
Command(s): “Alexa, set alarm for X,” “Alexa snooze” and “Alexa stop”.
The Lowdown: If using this as an alarm to wake up in the morning, make sure the volume on the device is turned up high, as the alarm tone is on the mellow side.
How Much Is An Amazon Echo?
The Echo retails for $179.99 upfront or you can break it up in 5 monthly payments of $36. There are no monthly subscription costs associated with the Echo, and all you need is a reliable wireless connection and a mobile device to get started.
When it comes to the Amazon Echo and the ADHD brain, it’s really a matter of what’s going to work for you. For some who may already be going in the smart home direction, this solution may make perfect sense. For others, their mobile apps or a good old-fashioned pen and paper work just fine thank-you-very-much.