Most people using ChatGPT don’t know how to get the full value out of the tool. As it’s a powerful system that can help with everything from education to mental health, business and coding, knowing how to get what you want from the chatbot can be a tremendous asset in your everyday life. This is what’s made OpenAI’s ChatGPT so popular worldwide, and yet we must ask: what is the use of having such a capable AI at your disposal if you can’t extract the most value from it? In this article I’ll cover the different commands and strategies you can use to optimize your experience with ChatGPT.
- Multiple Chat Threads
One of the first things to do is to take advantage of creating multiple chat threads. Each thread represents a different conversation between you and the chatbot. You can rename these threads on the left-hand side of the screen, but ChatGPT will also automatically name them for you. By creating new threads when switching to a different task, you keep things organized and optimized. Part of the reason ChatGPT is much more compelling than a regular search engine is that it will remember what you said and can actively understand what you’re referencing within the chat thread. If you ask it for famous artwork from the 1800’s it will reply with a list of art pieces. But your follow up question can then be, “What are famous musical pieces from the same time?” and ChatGPT will know that you’re still referencing the 1800’s, unlike Google which would require clarification on that point.
2. List Commands
List commands allow you to create tailored responses to fit your specific circumstances. Whether you need a list of date ideas, hobbies, or gifts for Mother’s Day, ChatGPT can help brainstorm. To get the most out of this command (and all others), be as specific as possible with what you want. For instance, “Create a list of recipes for vegans who want to use fresh produce available in Vermont during the summer and who are allergic to gluten, nuts, and soy”. This would be challenging to find online and would take considerable time to research on your own. If you don’t want generic responses, don’t give generic prompts.