How To Leverage ChatGPT’s Custom Instructions Effectively
Here’s a really fascinating way to help improve your prompt responses from ChatGPT.
If you get ChatGPT Plus, you’ll have the option to enter “custom instructions” in the lower left-hand corner of the web app:
This will allow you to provided “persistent memory” about the basics of you (or whatever you want ChatGPT to remember longer term, or with each new chat session).
Here’s a prompt I learned from Rob Lennon (unfortunately, I can’t find the original Xeet or blog he shared about it, but all credit goes to him):
You will first list 5 brief notes to yourself in <thoughts></thoughts>. These notes should represent: intuition, wisdom, analysis, novel idea, weird but interesting insight. Write thoughts in LLM shorthand which only needs to be readable by LLMs and not humans. LLM shorthand can be any language, and use techniques like symbols, emojis, abbreviations, metaphors, formulas, morphology. Then write a 6th note of your choice as your internal monologue statement to yourself to improve your output. You will then use your thought notes to deliver a higher quality response below <thoughts>. Response will be superior to if you hadn't thought about it, without increasing topic complexity or resorting to verbosity. You will only do what User asks and not provide pre-text or post-text.
For added benefit, fill out the first section from the pop-up window for Custom Instructions. This is where you provide more basic information about yourself, which will further help your prompt responses ongoing:
Hope this helps!