The adage “Time is Money” is never more relevant than when it comes to navigating through your Windows operating system to knock out your business’s week’s to-do list and boost productivity.
Consider this: Let’s say you spend 5-8 seconds browsing through a menu to pull up a calendar, move appointments that have rescheduled, or using your pesky URL search bar to google irrelevant facts about celebrities, the average user spends 15-25 minutes a week on inefficient productivity processes within their Windows devices.
Our solution? Save those precious wrists, fingers from carpal tunnel, and eyes from strain and fatigue and use Cortana.
Virtual Assistants Like Siri On Mac Platforms And Cortana On Windows Are Some Of The Top Tools To Help Boost Productivity.
Sure, there may be a little learning curve when warming up Cortana to the sultry sound of your voice, and you may feel like an idiot when you realize how terrible you are at oration, but like anything, the more you do it, the quicker you learn.
Have you tried using the Talk to Text function on your phone yet? Talk about an incredible exercise to recognize the amount of fluff we use in our daily vocabulary when we start transcribing our thoughts.
Be forewarned if you’ve got a heavy southern accent, or your President of the Mumbler Club Cortana may infuriate you more than anything, but if your enunciation game is on point, or you’re committed to trying, she may be one of your most significant assets.
Here’s how to get her fired up:
- Search for “Cortana settings” in your Start Menu.
- Enable the toggle under “Hey Cortana.”
- (Optional) Under “Respond best,” you can choose “to me” to tailor Cortana to your voice. You’ll need to perform a couple of quick exercises to teach Cortana your voice. Otherwise, Cortana will work for anyone.
Once you’ve got her ready to rock and roll, here are some sample tasks to get you rolling:
- “Cortana, what’s the weather like today?” To bring the umbrella, or not bring the umbrella? Find out today’s forecast in one breath.
- “Cortana, What’s the status of my flight?” Yep. If you’ve had your flight itinerary in your Microsoft Calendar App or Google Sync compatible calendar, catch real-time updates and delays for your travel details.
- “Cortana, How long will it take me to get to [place]?” With location services enabled, you can ask about travel time to particular destinations.
- “Cortana, show me my notes from May 25, 2018.” Cortana can open up-to-date specific notes in your device, ranging from a particular date to an entire month.
- “Cortana, create a lunch meeting tomorrow with Sarah at 1 PM.” If you use Microsoft’s calendar services, you can create or modify appointments with a voice command. You can say “Create an appointment” to type the information manually or say the details out loud (for example: “Create a lunch meeting tomorrow with Sarah at 1 PM”).
- “Cortana, Move tomorrow’s appointment with Sarah to Thursday at 3:30 PM.” Move, postpone or cancel meetings as mentioned earlier in your schedule, all through the sound of your voice.
- “Cortana, remind me to water the plants for once at noon.” Set a reminder. Cortana can set reminders like “Remind me to turn off the sprinklers at 4 PM.”
- “Cortana, set an alarm for 10 AM.” Just like reminders, you can set alerts for specific times of the day. You can set these to occur only once, or recur on a regular basis. You can cancel them in the same way, too.
- “Cortana, how tall is Tom Cruise?” Cortana can give you all kinds of irrelevant information on notable public figures like age, weight, height, and so on. 5’7” by the way.
- “Cortana, define Taradiddle” Cortana can give you the definition of a word, so you don’t look like a dud in that facebook argument. Or worse, be a real taradiddle like Jerry with his latest redfish story.
- “Cortana, what time is it in Traverse City?” About to make a call to a client and you can’t remember the time difference (or let’s be real, your too lazy to do the math) – Cortana’s got you covered when it comes to real-time logistics of time zones and locations.
- “Cortana, show me pictures of Megan Fox.” With Cortana, the world is your oyster. You can run a Bing image search for a vacation destination, restaurants in your city, just about anything. But mostly Megan Fox.
There you have it. 12 Game-Changer Tricks to spend less time searching, googling, typing, and scheduling, and more time focusing on what you do best.