5 Practical Things I Use ChatGPT for (And So Can You)
I’ve been riding the ChatGPT wave for a few months now, and I’ve gotta say, it’s making me a whole lot more productive at work. When I chat with non-tech people about ChatGPT, I often get the “what’s the big deal” look. They’ve heard the buzz, but they’re not sure how this AI thing can help them day-to-day.
Here are 5 ways ChatGPT is helping me be more productive and creative day-to-day.
1. Writing, Editing and Translations
When it comes to running a business, writing is just part of the deal. There are days when my to-do list is filled with writing tasks, and it’s easy to feel bogged down. ChatGPT has become my secret weapon for tackling all kinds of business writing, everything from official sounding policies to writing up meeting minutes. I use it to help me write emails, specifications documents and even birthday cards. It’s incredibly fast at producing content.
It’s not just about the speed, though; the quality is pretty good and requires some minor editorial. ChatGPT can adapt its writing style to match the tone and format needed for any document. And when I need to switch between English and French, ChatGPT handles the translations seamlessly. I find it does translations much better than Google Translate.
Another thing ChatGPT excels at is editing. I run my drafts through it for a quick review all the time. It catches typos, suggests improvements, and keeps my writing looking sharp.
This article in fact is partially written by ChatGPT. I gave it the introduction text, all the sections I wanted in the article, a short summary of each section and asked it to expand. It took a few tries to get something decent to work off, but in the end I got something that I could clean up and work with.
2. Analyzing Business Data
As a business owner, I’m always keeping an eye on the numbers. Revenue expansion, churn, conversions?You name it, we track it at Vacation Tracker. But analyzing data can be time-consuming, and sometimes it’s hard to spot patterns and trends by staring at numbers and graphs in excel sheets.
That’s where ChatGPT has been helping recently. I use it to run analyses on some of our business metrics on a weekly basis. It can offer some insights and help identify seasonal trends, highlight areas for improvement, and even suggest potential strategies to boost performance.
Now, a word of caution: When sharing data with AI tools like ChatGPT, Bing, Bard or any other similar tool, it’s super important to anonymize your data. You don’t want to be sharing customer information with these companies because they may end up using it as their training data. I usually tell ChatGPT that we’re playing a game in which It’s an expert financial analyst and that it needs to analyze the data for a SaaS startup called Unicorn Delivery.
So how do you import data into ChatGPT? Well, just ask ChatGPT:
It’ll walk you through the process step by step, ensuring your data is in the right format and ready for analysis. And it’ll even suggest data which will help it to better understand your business:
I want to say again that you really need to be careful when giving any kind of company or confidential information to ChatGPT. The data I am sharing with it is aggregated data for our company which has no information related to individual customers, employees or partners. I personally don’t care if OpenAI uses Unicorn Delivery’s week-by-week revenue, CAC and churn data for training their LLM. Especially if ChatGPT can give me insights that we otherwise wouldn’t see. But if you’re thinking about trying this, It’s super important to take into consideration what data you are sharing with companies like OpenAI.
OpenAI did release a new feature where you can turn off the ability for OpenAI to use your chats and data for training, kind of like a ChatGPT incognito mode:
But simply put, I personally don’t trust any of these big tech companies to honour these types of agreements. Let’s say that they do end up using your data for training. What’s going to happen to them? They’ll get a fine which is a tiny fraction of their monthly or quarterly revenue and they’ll treat it as the cost of doing business. So basically, very little incentive for them not to break the rules. Maybe I’m paranoid, but I am very careful with what I upload to ChatGPT or any other comparable tool even in incognito mode.
3. Explain Things and Summarize
I’ll admit it: there are times when I’m reading a complicated document, and my brain just goes into shutdown mode. When that happens, ChatGPT has become my go-to for getting a simple explanation. By pasting a block of text into ChatGPT and asking it to explain in simple terms, I get a breakdown that’s easy to understand.
Summarizing is another area where ChatGPT excels. When I’m swamped with long emails or articles, I use ChatGPT to extract the key points. It’s like having a personal assistant that can distill information down to its essentials, saving me time and mental energy.
There are also tools out there that can take in a long PDF document and then answer questions about it. For example, Bloomberg recently announced their own LLM called BloombergGPT. With the announcement came a “65 page super dry and boring document” explaining how it works and their methodology. I’m very interested to know more about this but I don’t have time to read a 65 page scientific paper about it. So I imported the PDF into an online tool called “ChatPDF” and then I had a conversation with it about the document:
I started with a summary and then I asked a bunch of questions about the content of the PDF document. So not only was this tool answering questions about the document, it was also explaining things that I did not understand in the document. This has been a real time saver when it comes to long and complicated documents!
Just always remember to be careful with the documents you upload to these types of services. I usually only import publicly available documents like the BloombergGPT one.
4. Writing Prompts for Me
As part of my creative process, I’ve been experimenting with using ChatGPT to generate prompts for Midjourney. The idea is to leverage ChatGPT-4 to come up with fresh and interesting prompts to try out on Midjourney. To get started, I fed ChatGPT some relevant material: Midjourney documentation, articles about Midjourney, and about 100 prompts that I found on Twitter and that I really liked.
Writing Midjourney prompts has been giving me mixed results though. ChatGPT-4 seems to have a hard time getting how to write these prompts well no matter how detailed the inputs and instructions I provide are. It’s great with coming up with ideas, so I’ve been mainly using it for that and then working with it to fine tune the prompt. A lot of the ideas we’re doing on ArtfusionGPT are coming from ChatGPT.
I’m also planning on training it to write some ChatGPT prompts for me. Yes, ChatGPT writing prompts for ChatGPT. It sounds crazy. But if there is one thing I’ve learned, It’s that if you want to really maximize ChatGPT, you need to know how to talk to it properly. And I have some ideas on how it could help me talk to it better but I’ll write about that once I’ve run some experiments.
5. Writing Children’s Stories
Now, this one’s a fun one. ChatGPT has become a storyteller in my house, coming up with stories that my son really likes. Whether it’s an adventure with dinosaurs or a journey to a galaxy far, far away, ChatGPT can come up with some really interesting stories that are custom-made for your kids. One of my favorites that it came up with was a dinosaur story written in a Dr. Seuss style.
I’ve even tried creating matching illustrations for these stories using Midjourney. The results were mixed. The characters in the images weren’t always consistent. And I haven’t had much time to play with it, but I’ve seen that some people have “managed to do it“. I’ve heard that Stable Diffusion might be a better choice for this kind of thing though, so that’s something I’ll be exploring in the future.
Try it out for yourself
So there you have it: Five practical ways I use ChatGPT in my daily life. Whether it’s tackling business writing, analyzing data, gaining clarity, sparking creativity, or spinning tales, ChatGPT has proven to be a versatile and valuable tool in my day to day life. I encourage you to try it out to see if it can help you get more done.
And here’s the thing: ChatGPT is constantly evolving and improving. OpenaI recently announced plugins for it, there are over 100 million people training it now and OpenAI is now surely making a fortune with the $20 subscription. Things will be moving very quickly with ChatGPT over the next 6-12 months, so who knows what else it’ll be capable of in the future?