The Best Way to Use ChatGPT

The Best Way to Use ChatGPT

While ChatGPT has become increasingly well-known in recent times, many people are still unaware of its full potential. Though our clients are often familiar with ChatGPT, some have raised questions about how it can be utilized outside of a business context. In this article, I will provide some examples to help you understand how ChatGPT can be utilized as a consumer. As always, the possibilities are endless and you should be creative.

Prompt engineering

First up is prompt engineering. This essentially means writing a good enough prompt (question), giving ChatGPT enough information on how to reply. The prompt in the following screenshot is technically good enough, but it might suggest I travel across the entire country between activities (it did further down), it's not taking my interests into account and ChatGPT has no idea how long I'm staying.

Sweden itinerary prompt example

Tage wrote a blog on how to write good prompts, and I've previously written a blog about jailbreaking ChatGPT, but it can be summarized like this:

  • Clearly define the purpose of your conversation with ChatGPT before starting.
  • Avoid asking too many questions at once to help ChatGPT better understand what you're looking for.
  • Avoid jargon or overly technical terms if possible.
  • Use clear and consise language to avoid confusion or misinterpretation.
  • Provide specific examples or details to help ChatGPT better understand your needs.
  • Keep the conversation focused and avoid deviating from the main topic.
  • Review and refine your prompts to improve the quality of ChatGPT's responses.

ChatGPT may need additional information or context to provide the best possible response. If you're not getting the desired quality, experiment with different prompts and approaches. The prompt in the following screenshot is much better than the prompt in the previous one, as it mentions how long I'm staying, which city I'm staying in, my interests, restaurants and a need for accessibility.

Sweden itinerary better prompt example

What should you use ChatGPT for?

ChatGPT can be used for a lot, and now that you're able to turn off chat history you can safely provide very specific information about yourself if you're comfortable with that. Now, what in the world are you supposed to use ChatGPT for? You can use it for big and micro tasks in your daily life. I've previously used ChatGPT to help me with meal planning, adhering to any dietary restrictions and avoiding foods I'm allergic to. It probably only saves me around 20 minutes per week, but it saves me the headache of mealplanning myself, as I personally don't enjoy that task. I regularly use ChatGPT to reword things to sound more friendly/professional etc, which I've done for parts of this blog as well. Can you guess which paragraphs are me and which are ChatGPT?

Examples of things to use ChatGPT for

You can use ChatGPT for most things, but here are some specific examples that might give you an idea:

  • Getting answers to common questions related to a product or service.
  • Seeking advise or recommendations for a particular situation or problem.
  • Obtaining information about a specific topic or subject.
  • Engaging in a conversation to practice a foreign language.
  • Helping you with things such as scheduling or organizing tasks.
  • Helping you with planning things such as meals, shopping lists etc.
  • Generating creative writing prompts or ideas for content creation.
  • Helping you research topics (make sure to fact check it, as standard ChatGPT may give incorrect info at times).
  • Creating a travel itineary (double check that the places like museums etc are still open).
  • Utilizing ChatGPT to assist with writing projects.
  • Enhancing productivity by delegating tasks.
  • Having a conversation to combat boredom.

The possibilities are so many that it's hard to summarize everything in a blog, but if there's ever anything you're struggling with or need help with, consider asking ChatGPT. If your prompt is good enough, it'll give very high quality replies, but even so you can change it up a bit. You can experiment with your prompt, have ChatGPT regenerate its response if you're not happy with the first one or give it comments - for example write "I liked your first suggestion but part x and y are incorrect". It'll give you a new response taking your new comments into account. Have fun testing it out!

Aria Natali Aurora

Aria Natali Aurora Nygård I am the COO and Co-Founder of AINIRO.IO AS together with Tage. I write about Machine Learning, AI, and how to help organizations adopt said technologies. You can follow me on LinkedIn if you want to read more of what I write.

Published 3. May 2023