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Disclosure: This post is sponsored; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

My life has been crazy busy these days – in a good way. I’ve been on my grind non-stop covering Fashion Week and new product launches, writing stories, speaking at events and lending my discerning eye (and bubbly personality) to TV trend segments. Staying on task while juggling a full plate isn’t always easy, but I try to work efficiently and have as much fun as possible along the way.

Two products that have been a big help on that front lately are my Google Home smart assistant and Google Wifi system. They’re the digital solutions I’ve been using to keep me and my home connected – to the Internet and to my life. I’ve had them for around two months now and find they’ve totally changed how I navigate my day-to-day.   

Here are five things I’m loving about Google Home and Google Wifi so far. 

Google Home and Google Wifi – Photo Credit: Not Just A Girl In A Dress
It’s My Personal DJ

Being able to tell Google Home to play my Spotify music is one of my favorite features. I find myself listening to music more, which has been a great mood elevator for me. Saying, “Ok, Google, play my song list” has become one of the first things I do whenever I walk through my door. 

It’s A Forecast Friend
Google Home – Photo Credit: Not Just A Girl In A Dress

I’m also totally digging that I can ask Google Home the weather forecast while I pick out my outfits for the day. I live in a walkup apartment, so it’s a little inconvenient to step out just to check the temperature. Sure I could open a weather app on my phone, but it is just easier to ask Google.

It Makes Me A Multi-Tasking Maven 

I get my best ideas at the most random moments – like when I’m waiting for a conference call to start or making dinner.  Instead of stopping what I’m doing, I just tell Google to add my bright ideas to my “shopping list” and I circle back to it later. This is a digital hack that I’ve been using since it is the only “make a list” feature Google Home currently offers.    

It Simplifies My Commute
Google Home & Google Wifi – Photo Credit: Not Just A Girl In A Dress

Obviously, knowing how long my commute will take door-to-door helps me arrives where I need to be on time. But it also helps me estimate how many more tasks I can sneak in before heading out or while walking to the train. The phrase, “Ok Google, how’s my commute” has been a true game-changer in helping me check more tasks off in the morning. 

Keeps Me Connected
Google Wifi – Photo Credit: Not Just A Girl In A Dress

Google Wifi has been the little power engine in the background keeping my data uploading and downloading effortlessly. I honestly haven’t had any challenges with my Wi-Fi network since I setup my Google Wifi – which I love. Its lack of technical interruptions keeps me working smoothly, which is the best anyone can ask for from a Wi-Fi network.

Do you have a Google Home or Google Wifi? Let me know how it’s working out for you.

-XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

Disclosure: This post is sponsored; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Working from home has proven to be both one of my greatest joys and one of my greatest challenges as a writer and digital host. There is absolutely nothing better than putting the finishing touches on a story snuggled up on the couch, drinking a cup of green tea from my favorite mug while checking out what shenanigans Tamera and ladies of The Real are up to from time to time.

Of course, the comfy setup I’ve created can easily cause me to be distracted and fall behind schedule. As a result, I’m always on the lookout for easy upgrades that will keep me on track without cramping my style.

Enter Google Home  

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I was really excited to try Google Home – the latest smart speaker to hit the market. The all-white micro pod (it kind of resembles a cute tabletop air freshener) has had people talking since it was announced this fall. I wanted to find out if it could help me be more productive over time.

Unboxing

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Setting up Google Home was a pretty simple affair. I chose my living room as its home base. After unpacking the pod and plugging it in, all I had to do was download the Google Home app on my smartphone and sync it with my Wi-Fi network. Within a few taps I was off and running.

Keeping Me on Task

Over the next few days I found my Google Home became more and more of a resource in helping me complete my work-task efficiently. I’ve used it to set alarms for myself to remember important calls or fact-check items, check my calendar and make a shopping list to order props for my upcoming TV segments. Sure I could open a new tab on my browser while I’m working to do this, but that opens up the chance of me getting off track. There’s something nice about tabling a task until you’re done with the one at hand.

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My favorite features for my Google Home so far have been the timer and dictionary feature. I can literally say, “OK Google, set timer for 45 minutes” and put myself on a schedule to complete a project.

And, Google Home’s voice activated dictionary actually solves a long-standing, but obvious pet peeve of mine. I can’t properly look up the spelling of a word if I don’t remember/know how to spell it in the first place. I love being able to say, “Hey Google, how do you spell…” and it tells me. It’s a real time saver.

I am also digging that it connects to my premium Spotify account. I can easily tell it to play music or my playlists while I’m editing photos or on a break and say, “OK Google, stop playing,” when I need to concentrate.

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Exciting Features Still To Come!

Every once in a while, I’d ask Google Home to do a task, like add an appointment to my calendar and she’d respond, “Sorry, I can’t do that yet.” I called Google Home’s customer service and they said that their team is working on updating the feature to allow users to make voice-automated calendar appointments. The rep didn’t give a timeline on when it would be rolled out, but it sounded like it was a priority from the pitch of his voice.

Oh, and shout out to the customer service crew. A real life person answered the phone within 30 seconds of me dialing.

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Living Smart(er)

Overall, Google Home was a fun and added some efficiencies to my work style. The smart speaker was really easy to use and (for obvious reasons) worked seamlessly with my Google calendar and Google apps. It should only get better and smarter as the google team rolls out updates over time.

If you’re considering getting a voice assistant for yourself or as a gift this holiday season, I’d totally recommend checking out the $129 Google Home. As an added bonus, if you purchase now you’ll also get 6 months free of YouTube Red.

 

-XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress