ChatGPT, BARD and other powerful LLMs can be used to write, create, plan, research and assist in any given domain. However, it requires an understanding of prompt engineering to get the most out of their capabilities. Prompt engineering is the skill of creating instructions that tell these models what you want it to do.
There are many examples of prompts available online, but most of them will give generic results. To get personalized results, you need to modify the prompts to include information about yourself or the specific problem you need help with.
I have put together a list of ready-made prompts that can be quickly personalized or focused on your own requirements. These prompts can be used to write poetry, technical documents, computer code, and more.
Most productive individuals, and teams will need to define their own prompt libraries for boosting their productivity and creativity. Here’s some ideas/examples to get your started :-
Prompts for Boosting Your Productivity
1. Use the 80/20 principle to learn faster than ever before.
“I want to learn about [insert topic of interest]. Identify and share the most essential 20% of learnings from this topic to help me understand 80% of it.”
2. Streamline your workflow
“Provide me with a step-by-step guide to streamline my workflow in [your specific profession/industry] and get more done in less time.”
3. Leverage the best tools to maximize your productivity
“What are the best tools and software applications to boost productivity in [insert your profession]?”
4. Improve your decision-making
“I am trying to decide if I should [insert decision]. Give me a list of pros and cons that will help me determine why I should or shouldn’t make this decision.”
5. Learn from the best
“Analyse the top performers in [insert your field of work]. Give me a list of the most vital lessons I can learn from these top performers to boost my productivity.”
6. Leverage AI in your job
“Provide me with tips to automate repetitive tasks in [insert your profession] using technology or artificial intelligence.”
7. Turn ChatGPT into your intern
“I am drafting an article about [insert topic]. Research and create an in-depth analysis with a step-by-step guide that will help readers understand how to [insert outcome].”
8. Learn any skill
“I want to learn [insert skill]. Generate a 30-day plan that will help a beginner like me learn the skill from scratch.”
9. Prepare for a job interview:
“I am interviewing for the role of [insert role]. Give me a list of the most important questions I should prepare for, along with answers for each question.”
10. Ask ChatGPT to write prompts for you
“I am a [insert your profession]. Generate a list of the most powerful prompts to help someone in my profession get more done with the help of AI and ChatGPT.”
Looking for a Great Mentor
How much would you pay for a 1:1 mentorship from Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, or Bill Gates?
Just use ChatGPT or BARD to get the best results.
Step 1: Train ChatGPT to be your coach
Prompt: ” I want you to mentor me as if you were Steve Jobs. I will provide you context about my current business challenges. I then want you to analyze, critique, and give constructive feedback on my current business situation to help me make the best possible strategic decision. For each response, ask probing and clarifying questions to help us settle upon a more effective and personalized answer. Do you understand? ”
Step 2: Provide context about your business challenges
Follow these prompt suggestions:
• “I want to achieve X, but I don’t know how to Y”
• I’m currently working on X. [ask for specific advice]”
• “How should I approach doing X?”
Step 3: Answer probing questions
Good mentors give smart answers. Great mentors ask smart questions.
With our prompt, Steve Jobs will ask you clarifying questions in each interaction that’ll help you make better decisions.
Answer them with as much detail as possible.
Step 4: Continue until satisfied
With just a few messages, Steve will provide actionable advice & wisdom for your current challenges.
Such 1:1 insights from industry leaders is simply invaluable.
Knowledge is the oil of the economy, and LLMs are the Oracle that have the ability to effectively capture/encode knowledge and answer your queries. We can enable LLMs to start asking questions and evaluate their answers against the knowledge encoded in them, thus making them creative/innovative independent of human intervention.
Innovation in human society has been mostly about connecting the dots, and making incremental improvements, this is something the LLMs can do very well.
Everyone needs their own Oracle. It’s a matter of time before every cutting-edge research lab has its own LLM to unlock secrets and get answers to research questions.