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Practical Tips for Using AI on a Daily Basis

Headshot of the Author Matt Kreikemeier

I use AI almost every day.

You can do crazy stuff with artificial intelligence — we generated an AI Christmas card for our team (shoutout Drew for nerding out on some hardcore stable diffusion software to create this from scratch). I use it for coding help, analytics analysis, quick photo editing in Photoshop, and many other things.

But, AI can also be used in simpler, practical ways to make your daily life easier and more productive.

Here are some ways I use AI in my everyday life, both personally and for work.

1. Brainstorming

Easily, the best way you can start taking advantage of AI today is as a brainstorming partner. I have ChatGPT pinned open in my browser. More and more, I’ll go there instead of Google.

Take this blog post for instance.

This is the old way of writing…

1. Sit and think about ways I use AI to start my list
2. Google “practical ways to use AI”
3. Read 5-10 articles to 1) see if I’m forgetting anything 2) see if there are other ways I should/could be using AI
4. Write a rough outline based on my notes
5. Turn the outline into sentences
6. Fine-tune, re-organize, and try to turn the notes into an interesting story

The new, AI-way of writing…

– Visit chat.openai.com and prompt it with “create an outline for a blog post that includes 10-15 practical ways to use ChatGPT or general AI on a daily basis”
– I will get a response within about 20 seconds that takes me right to step 5 where I can start writing

I use this tactic so. much. I use it to spark ideas for marketing strategy, LinkedIn post ideas, new business opportunities, etc.

The point is, AI helps save me a lot of brainpower on ideation. Instead, I can let it take the first stab at throwing out a bunch of thoughts. Then, my human brain, with its creative preferences and opinions, can take those ideas and flesh them out with my voice. My brainpower becomes reserved for the creative part as it is less needed for the research part. For me, that’s huge.

2. Writing Assistance

In that same vein, AI can be great for writing assistance. Picking up on step 5 of my process above, I may take the AI outline and start writing. But, if writer’s block persists, I can then follow up with another prompt for each point in the outline that might be something like “write a paragraph that explains how you can use ChatGPT for brainstorming.”

That would give me this response…
“ChatGPT can be a powerful tool for brainstorming across a wide range of topics and objectives. By engaging in a conversation with ChatGPT, users can explore ideas, pose questions, and receive instant feedback and suggestions. Whether it’s generating creative concepts, exploring different perspectives, or refining existing ideas, ChatGPT’s ability to understand and generate human-like text enables dynamic and productive brainstorming sessions. Users can provide prompts or context to guide the conversation, allowing ChatGPT to generate relevant insights and spark new avenues of thought. Additionally, ChatGPT can serve as a collaborative partner, facilitating group brainstorming sessions where multiple participants can contribute ideas and build upon each other’s contributions. With its vast knowledge base and ability to generate diverse responses, ChatGPT offers a valuable resource for individuals and teams seeking to stimulate creativity and generate innovative solutions.”

You can’t just copy and paste responses from ChatGPT—that’s plagiarism, the same way it is if you copy information from a book or website without appropriate sourcing—but you now have a basic framework to work from. Again, we leverage our brainpower for the creative stuff.

Once you’ve written something, AI can step in again to help with proofreading, editing, formatting, and maybe even a little creative help if you get stuck. I will often struggle to find the appropriate phrasing for a complex thought. If so, I can prompt ChatGPT with “re-write in 3 different ways that makes it as succinct as possible” (or whatever creative/editorial guidance you need). I’ve then got a few more ideas to work with.

3. Content Generation

Marrying the ideas from above, you can use AI to generate content for the web, social, email, etc. I will often take content I’ve created and prompt ChatGPT with something like, “create 5 social post ideas to promote my blog on Instagram.”

It becomes extra valuable the more direction you provide. You can train it with traits of your ideal customer persona and ask it to create content ideas that would appeal to that target audience. Or, you can ask for guidance on where your audience is most active in order to create content that meets them where they are when they may be interested in your offering.

Once you’ve planned out your ideas and content calendar, you can get help with the actual copy too. We use a tool called Later for social post planning. As we add media for an Instagram post, for example, it will create 3 caption options to go along with it. As a team, we review, tweak to our voice, and are done—MUCH more efficient!

4. Task Planning

I coach youth soccer and have leaned on AI for both practice and game planning. One day, I spent about an hour planning out lineups for a tournament weekend. It’s important to me that the kids all get the same playing time while also playing all positions. So, I created a little matrix where I mapped out where each boy would play in each game. I had it all ready to go—until—I find out one kid is sick and can’t make it anymore 😩. If you’re a coach, you understand that this changes EVERYTHING. I would have to redo everything.

That’s when I turned to ChatGPT. I gave it a prompt like “I have a soccer team with 11 players who can play 6 different positions. Our games are 50 minutes long. I want them all to play about the same amount of time, and I want to sub every 5 minutes. I also want them to play every position. We have 3 games—create lineups for me for each game.”

I had no idea what it would do, but sure enough, it spit out a table with each player and position labeled and when they’d play that position.

It gave me this in about 15 seconds. The beauty was, I then tested to see how it can adapt to changing variables. I told it to adjust for only 10 players (faking a “player is now sick” condition). 15 seconds later, a new table with lineups was ready.

This same idea of organizing data, tasks, goals, etc. can be applied to let AI do the heavy-lifting—you then tweak to your liking.

5. Cooking / Health

One last fun implementation that I have used recently is for cooking and health-related stuff.

I’m a terrible eater and want to improve, but I’m too lazy to put in the work. So, I reached for AI for some help. I asked ChatGPT to create a “clean meal schedule” for me. It mapped out exactly what to eat for every meal for the span of a week. The only issue was that it gave me a bunch of fish to eat. But, I have allergies, so I simply clarified to redo it without fish—10 seconds later, I had my clean-eating meal schedule. It’s not perfect, but I can pick and choose the things that I know I can/will eat and then fine-tune to my liking.

Now, have I actually implemented it? No! 😂 — but hopefully I will. I certainly never would have if I had to do all the meal prep planning on my own so there is hope!

Recipes

The other way I’ve used AI in the kitchen is for recipe recommendations. We cook at home almost every night so meal ideas can get repetitive. A fun experiment is to give ChatGPT 5-10 ingredients and let it recommend a new recipe based on the ingredients you have. We eat a lot of chicken, but switching up the seasonings, style of cooking, or sides can make it feel like a brand new dish.

I feel like a broken record, but even in this application, it’s just the ideas that I find so helpful.

In all of the examples above, it may take a little bit of trial and error to find the right prompts to get value out of AI. But, just like all things, the more you use it, the more you learn, the better you get at it. You know how some people are extra good at Googling? Well, this is the next version of that. AI prompts will become a valuable skillset to get the most out of the tools available.

I look forward to continuing to explore ways to use AI in both complex and practical ways. We already have clients leaning on us to AI-ify their digital experiences. Have an idea? Let’s explore it together—now is the time!

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Practical Tips for Using AI on a Daily Basis

I use AI almost every day. You can do crazy stuff with artificial intelligence — we generated an AI Christmas card for our team (shoutout Drew for nerding out on some hardcore stable diffusion software to create this from scratch)....

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