Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past six months, you’ll be aware of the game-changing impact of AI and ChatGPT on the business world. From being able to match corporate tone of voice, to creating professional cold emails and personalised connection requests, there is no doubt that ChatGPT is making our lives easier.
That being said, can ChatGPT be used to improve our personal life and our habits too? Some users and creatives on social media are giving it a go.
After discovering that AI could be used to plan travel itineraries, create meal plans based on what you have in the fridge, and even tailor workout plans to your exact height, build, and age, it’s reasonable enough to assume that platforms like ChatGPT can help us streamline other parts of our lives.
Picking the right prompts
Anyone who’s used ChatGPT will tell you that crafting the right prompt is critical. You can’t put in “fix my life” and expect decent results. The best way to get results out of ChatGPT is to be as specific as possible.
Start with one particular habit that you want to change or improve. Something like, “Give me a four-week plan for improving my sleep”. In mere seconds, you’ll get a series of recommendations and plans for optimising your sleep.
These responses are all well and good, but it is still up to you to put them into action and stick with them.
As good as ChatGPT is, it doesn’t know you personally. Some recommendations aren’t going to work for your lifestyle and that’s fine. You can always go back, tweak your prompt, and regenerate a response.
Make sure that the recommendations are actually attainable and sustainable for you. If in doubt, use the SMART goals method to narrow down the specifics. Add timelines, measurements, and more into your prompt to get more realistic results.
Use behavioural techniques to reinforce new habits
Knowledge is great, but nothing is going to change without putting it into action. That’s the fundamental belief of everything here are Leafyard.
Take the plan given to you by ChatGPT and work out how it’s going to fit into your life. Maybe you need to set up reminders on your phone to prepare for bed. Perhaps you need to go and buy some sleep spray. Alternatively, maybe you need to start leaving your phone in the other room when you go to bed.
All of these little behavioural science strategies help to form new, more positive, neural pathways in your brain. Over time, these strengthen into unconscious habits that you don’t even have to think about. But only if you put ChatGPT’s recommendations into practice on a consistent basis.
So, can AI change our bad habits for good? You know what, with a combination of decent prompts and the motivation to put the plan into action, ChatGPT might actually be able to transform our bad habits.
The key is that you need to take action. Creating plans that you never carry out isn’t going to change anything. AI is great for giving us a starting point or a concrete plan to follow. But ultimately, it’s up to us to follow it and make that theoretical plan a reality.