Keeping a family calendar that your family will actually look at can be difficult.
There are many ways to view and share family calendars digitally, but the trickiest part of it is to get everyone in your family to actually look at the calendar every day.
Alexa can help!
Your family probably loves to talk to Alexa. Make asking “what’s on the calendar today” part of everyone’s morning routine. While the the cereal is pouring or the pop tarts are toasting, they can be reminded of soccer practices, dentist appointments, or whatever life brings that day.
Here’s how to make it happen:
- Amazon Echo
- Google, Outlook.com or Office 365 account
Set up a calendar in your Google, Outlook.com or Office 365 account. If your Echo is used by the entire family, I’d recommend creating a special calendar that is specifically for Alexa to read, unless you want her to read all of your calendar events to anyone who asks.
Open the Alexa app on your phone or go to their web interface at alexa.amazon.com/spa/index.html
Go to Settings - Calendars and select the type of account that you’d like to link
Follow the prompts to connect your account with Alexa
After you’ve linked your account, you can uncheck the calendars that you do not want Alexa to read.
(My calendars are read-only because they're actually iCloud calendars that I subscribed to through google. Yes, this does actually work)
Now you can say things like
“Alexa, what’s on my calendar?”
“Alexa, what’s on my calendar for Tuesday?"