Sticking to the task while working can be a challenge, especially at home, and it’s not just about productivity. Getting up to move and drink water is also important. Automate reminders for these things with the Google Assistant “Workday”; routine!
“Routines” is a feature built into Google Assistant and Nest smart speakers and screens. They allow you to create a series of actions to run with a single command or at set times. They can be extremely powerful if you take the time to install them.
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Open the Google Home app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device, then tap your profile icon in the upper right corner.
Select “Assistant Settings” from the menu.
Depending on your device, you either see settings in a single long list or sorted by tabs. Go to the “Assistant” tab in the tab interface. Skip this step if you only see a long list.
Select “Routines” from the list.
You may see a section at the top for “New routines to try.” If “Workday” is not there, scroll down and select it in the “Ready-Made” section.
There are a few different sections of the Workday routine. We go through them all to set it up. First, turn on the power switch at the top to “Enable Routine.”
Then we have to decide which weekdays the working day routine should run. Touch the days listed under “When the day / days are.”
Select all days to run the routine each week, then press “OK”.
Now we need to choose where Google Assistant will play answers. You want to select the device that will be close to you during the working day. Tap the drop-down menu under “Play the assistant’s answer with” and select a device.
You can also select the “Get notification on your phone” checkbox when the routine runs. This will ensure that you receive a message if you are not near the selected device.
Now it’s time to configure what the Workday routine will actually do. You will notice that Google has already set up a number of time slots and actions. You can edit any of these by tapping the gear icon next to them.
There will be different options depending on the measure. First, edit the time slots that determine when actions should be run. These time slots are usually for breaks and meals throughout the day.
Then edit the “Say Something” commands. This is what Google Assistant will recite across the device at the selected time. Common examples are “It’s time to get up and stretch” and “It’s time for lunch.”
To delete or reorganize time slots and actions in bulk, press the “Change” button.
Scroll through the list and delete everything you do not want by pressing the “X” icon.
To change the order in which the assistant runs the commands, press and drag the handles on the left side.
You also have the option to “Add action” for each time slot.
You can enter any command you can give to Google Assistant and then press “Add”.
To add a new time slot to the routine, scroll down to the bottom and press “Add New Time.”
You will first be asked to select a time or enter a custom time. Press “Next” when done.
Then you can add your first action. Enter any command you can give Google Assistant or browse popular actions. Press “Add” when done.
When you are satisfied with all the time slots and actions, select the “Save” button at the top of the page.
That’s all! The workday routine will now run at set times and help you throughout the day.