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7 Lesser-Known ChatGPT Prompts That Will Transform Your Productivity

From Organising Your Notes to Mind Maps

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Welcome to a special issue of Through the Noise. With the release of ChatGPT's API, today I'm sharing my favourite 7 lesser-known prompts for ChatGPT that will transform your productivity. Let's dive right in.

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My 7 Favourite ChatGPT Prompts

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I get it, ChatGPT has been around the block.

Yet I still feel people aren't using it effectively. From active recall to mind maps, these are my 7 favourite lesser-known prompts:

1. Organise your notes

In my opinion, this is a hidden gem.

Paste in your disorganised thoughts, quotes and ideas—I like to do this after a meeting.

Let ChatGPT sort your writing into topics and themes.

This will save you hours spent refining or distilling.

2. Active recall

If you're a student or just want to learn something new—this one is for you.

Dunlosky et al. 2013 published a research paper explaining the 3 most ineffective methods of studying:

  1. Re-reading

  2. Highlighting/underlining (people who highlight very rarely go back and re-read)

  3. Summarisation

Active recall on the other hand involves retrieving information from memory. You're essentially testing yourself to make something stick.

This is far more effective than passively reading your material.

ChatGPT allows you to play your own game of 20 questions.

3. Change the format of text

ChatGPT can produce lists, tables, bullet points and written prose.

Tables are a great way to organise information—especially if you're wanting to change a scrappy list into a thoughtful schedule for a surprise getaway. (I may or may not have done this.)

4. Medical assistant

A caveat for this one—ChatGPT is no substitute for a qualified doctor.

But it does allow you to get general advice under different scenarios to help you understand your symptoms better and see potential courses of action.

5. Interview practice

I wish I had this a few years ago. You can turn ChatGPT into your interviewer.

I recommend specifying the role you're applying for, so be specific about the context (job or college) to get relevant results.

6. Pronunciation

Get a better grasp of foreign language dialects. I've used this many times as my co-founder is Norwegian. (If you're reading this Alexander, I'm trying my best... really.)

Dive into the details to nail your understanding. Accurate pronunciation is a sign of respect for the culture and can help to establish your trust and credibility.

7. Mind maps

Mind maps can help you organise complex ideas, making them easier to understand. You get to identify relationships and connect your thoughts together, giving them new-found meaning.

This is especially relevant if you're wanting to create content about a given topic.

All in all, ChatGPT can be immensely powerful when used correctly. So let it augment your creativity, not replace it.

The benefits come from breaking your usual thought patterns and stimulating new ideas.

See you Sunday!

— Alex

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