7 VPA Skills to Help Reach a Work Life Balance

7 VPA Skills to Help Reach a Work Life Balance

Stress is evil. Not only does it affect your health but it affects relationships, communication with others, and your overall happiness. Whether stress stems from all the work going on or not finding enough hours in the day to spend time with our children or significant other, it’s easy to say that stress may have a negative affect on personal life. While it may be hard to truly turn our minds off from work, it is possible to do so while outside of the office.

Without an efficient balance of work and personal time you’re bound to lose your marbles or feel a little empty from missing out on milestones or big moments in your personal life. It’s normal to lose yourself in work once in awhile. But knowing when to say when is the key.

So instead of waiting until you’re “winding down” on projects to find ways to balance your work life and private life why not start now?

How? Well, one thing that is always a worry for people seeking more balance in their life is productivity. What if they become less productive because they aren’t focusing all of the time they once were to work? Lucky for them, advancements in technology have enabled people to stay productive while maintaining a healthy balance of work and life.

One easy way is with Knowmail’s various solutions available which utilize personalized AI to learn work communication habits and in-turn help you focus on things that matter most, do more with less effort, and balance work and life.

Other ways, such as email productivity skills or VPAs may assist are listed below:


We can’t possibly remember everything, which is why so many of us put reminders in our phones or put sticky notes around our homes and desks to keep us on task. However, with a virtual personal assistant you are able to give your device a reminder that they will remember all on their own without you having to jot it down or take up time adding a reminder to your phone.

Cortana, for instance, stays on top of reminders for you and over time learns your habits thus making it a better assistant as time goes on. Cortana also takes the commitments and projects you’ve talked about in emails and reminds you follow up or when you’re supposed to meet deadlines based on those exchanges.


Looking for a cool date night idea now that you’ve finally found some alone time with your wife? Instead of spending twenty minutes trying to make a reservation at your favorite restaurant ask Cortana to reserve a spot via OpenTable.

Amazon’s Alexa works the same way. You can ask her to tell you of the restaurants near you so you don’t have to fumble with your phone while you’re trying to get ready. You can also ask her to play games for you if you decide to stay in with a few friends. Twenty questions, anyone?

Staying Active

It’s hard to stay active and fit even when you don’t work long hours and have a family to take care of, so doing on top of a job and family is super tough. The good news is there are ways Virtual Personal Assistants can help you keep fit.

For example, Alexa can help you stay on top of your fitness by asking for a quick workout or even a tip on staying motivated.

Cortana actually connects to your Fitbit, so you may see the progress without having to wear it all the time. For example, if you drank 5 ounces of water or walked 15,000 steps you can have Cortana update Fitbit for you.


When you need to wind down after a long day at the office simply ask Alexa to open a meditation selection for you. Need some help falling asleep? Both Cortana and Alexa have the capabilities to play soothing tunes to help you drift off to sleep faster.


When you’re stuck on a project and need a little help both Cortana and Alexa can provide a little inspiration. From giving you random facts to naming off five minutes of NPR news , AI is able to get you out of that work rut and get your creative juices flowing again.

With so many ways to stay reminded of what is going on and skills to keep you connected, it’s hard to imagine how we ever lived without virtual personal assistants. Not only do they help us stay on task and not let things fall through the cracks, but they help us delegate the minor tasks in our everyday lives that we shouldn’t have to stress about.


Eran Abramson
Eran Abramson

Eran Abramson has vast background in entrepreneurship, marketing, and content and is an editorial contributor at Knowmail, while also contributing tech and industry related coverage at ReadWrite. VentureBeat, LifeHack, and more.

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