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Using these five intelligent assistants might change the way you get things done

Let’s face it, there are never enough hours in the day. It’s difficult balancing professional responsibilities with personal ones, and sometimes you can’t get it all done. While you may not be able to afford an actual human assistant, you’re not out of luck. Advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning have led to a big boom in virtual assistants—digital services that adapt and learn to help you simplify tasks. So, if you’re looking to get things done faster and more efficiently, check out these five virtual assistants. Here’s who you may want to “hire.”

The Personal Trainer

If you’re looking to rediscover your high school physique, but lack the motivation or expertise, a personal trainer might be the way to go.

Try the no-excuse virtual assistant, Optimize Fitness. This exercise app redefines the term “personal trainer” by bringing the workout to you. Whether it’s a few minutes at home or an hour and a half at the gym, Optimize Fitness designs custom routines based on the time and equipment you have available. And, just like a human trainer, Optimize calculates your performance—learning your strengths and weakness—to develop an entirely new routine based on what you accomplished.

It’s always there to spot you too because it comes with over 1,000 animations that ensure proper form. Good for first-time gym goers or advanced workout warriors, Optimize Fitness is like having a free personal trainer with you whenever you want.

The Personal Chef

Preparing dinner for the family might feel like you’re working as a short-order cook. In order to please everyone, you’d need a full-time chef.

Use an app like Yummly instead. Like a five-star chef, this virtual kitchen assistant provides you with thousands of delicious recipes, plus it remembers your personal preferences to become your cooking sidekick. See, Yummly uses machine learning to identify the foods you do and don’t like, then uses that information to suggest recipes with only those ingredients. The more it’s used, the smarter it gets. And every recipe comes with a detailed grocery list that eliminates any guesswork.

 

There are even search filters that allow you to narrow recommendations based on cook time, difficulty, nutritional value or allergens. Great for parents of picky eaters, Yummly is the chef that saves you dough and pleases everyone’s palate.

The Office Admin

The endless cycle of scheduling meetings can get frustrating sometimes. That’s probably why your boss has an admin of their own. Unfortunately for you, hiring an assistant might just not be in the budget this year.

Instead, leave the scheduling job to Amy and Andrew—the office assistant smart bots from x.ai. Simply connect them with your email calendar, update your preferences, and voila! Amy and Andrew do (virtually) all the rest. Just like your boss’s admin, when someone requests a meeting, Amy and Andrew will determine the best location and time for the meeting to take place. All you have to do is copy them on the initial request. So, while they handle when and where you meet, you can focus on more pressing duties.

A great option for anyone in sales or recruiting, your coworkers might even begin to wonder if you landed that senior gig now that someone else is scheduling your meetings. (Don’t worry. Your secret is safe with us.)

The Money Manager

Staying on top of your money is important, but sometimes complicated or stressful. You could hire a personal financial assistant to look keep track of your accounts, but you’ll be paying for it.

Instead, try Eno. This intelligent assistant from Capital One is changing the way people interact with their money. Start a conversation with one text, and Eno will tell you about your Capital One bank and credit card accounts. Using your own natural language, you can text with Eno to get things like your balance, most recent transactions or next bill due date. You can even pay your bill on the go, with the thumbs up emoji.

Eno’s got your back when shopping online, too. At checkout, Eno creates merchant-specific virtual card numbers to protect your actual credit card online, preventing you from data breaches and suspicious sites.

So, if you think about it, Eno is like your very own financial intelligent assistant that looks out for you and your money— anytime, anywhere.

The Everyday Reminder

Sometimes the problem isn’t getting things done, it’s remembering what you needed to do in the first place.

That’s where ImprompDo comes in. Beyond just an ordinary “planner” app, this activity assistant studies your day-to-day routine in an effort to boost productivity. The machine algorithms inside ImprompDo monitor your location habits and then arrange when and where to do them. You can also adjust the suggestions based on time and budget. Throughout the day, ImprompDo pushes reminders to you as it checks off your to-do list.

Even if you’re trying to avoid boredom, ImprompDo can help with that as well by suggesting activities to do near you. Whether you’re the frequent errand-runner or constant procrastinator, this everyday assistant will determine the best way to maximize your day.

So, if you’re looking to take a few more everyday tasks off your plate, these intelligent virtual assistants may just do the trick.