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Week 1: Work, canned responses, reading and off to Andalusia
A rather easy start into the new year.
I am sitting in a cafe at the BER Airport right now and drinking a Capuccino with intense oat milk. I am about to board a plane to Andalusia with one of my twin sons, and the other is staying at home (university events) with my wife.
This was a shorter week. I started working after the holiday break on Monday and experienced an empty office and many people still on vacation.
"Where to work" plans
In 2023, I plan to work on a new balance between where I am and where I work. I plan to work from different locations and spend weekends in nature. With the Corona restrictions hopefully going away, more options become available: camping while hiking, Airbnb, Hotels, and short and extended-term options around occasions and locations. Let's see what the year brings.
Canned Responses on AI Steroids
I love pattern recognition. When I look at my emails, I auto-split them into different categories. Some require immediate action, and others are FYIs I must acknowledge during the day. For some of the emails I want to respond to promptly, I have been using "canned responses" for a long time. So whenever I receive startup materials, I can reply either with a "super, we have a structured process for you and us to find out if there is a fit… and here is a link…" email or with one of my "sorry, this is outside of our scope" responses. Using pre-written answers in this and other situations saves me a lot of time as I do not have to write the same email repeatedly.
I sometimes also use mixed emails where some of the content is pre-written text and some text I write while composing the email. This saves a lot of time; this way, I can ensure that I do not forget essential links, content, or attachments.
With all the new AI tools becoming available, I am excited to see how they will help me to do this even faster. I.e., figuring out patterns in my behavior, how I answer emails, or how I react to specific communication. I look forward to this augmented working method and how it might make me better and faster.
What I read and watched:
During the flight, I will watch the Movie Everything Everywhere all at Once
I was impressed by DataDrivenVC's post on how he is using ChatGPT in his work. I think this is just the start. A lot of my more innovative tools now have AI features built in. (I wrote the draft of this post on lex.page) It's a great time now to relearn (again) how we do things, and I am excited to see how my surrounding environments will integrate this into the days. Thank you, Robert, for sharing!
The rest of what I read was behind paywalls. I cannot wait to have a solution to share these links with you.
Have a great weekend and the following week, and thank you for reading; I hope you found something meaningful.