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AI productivity series: Make the most of your time and augment your creativity with the help of AI

Reimagine creativity with AI tools, from idea generation to project completion. Learn how AI can fuel productivity and transform your creative process.

Updated on July 15, 2024

Published on June 17, 2024

AI productivity series: Make the most of your time and augment your creativity with the help of AI

It’s the beginning of a project, and you’re staring at a blank page. Sometimes, the ideas flow easily, and you’re an unstoppable creative machine. Other times, the sparks of your best ideas just don’t appear, and you need a helping hand. That’s where generative artificial intelligence (AI) can be an incredible tool for brainstorming and boosting your creativity, whether you’re stuck on your next page or the slide deck due to your manager tomorrow.

The secret to finishing your work is doing the work. When you get stalled at that blank page, the best thing you can do is fill it with something. With anything. Putting something down gets you started, and when those “somethings” don’t come, you can have AI Companion get the ball rolling.

AI is a tool you use, not a replacement for your creativity

Human creativity and ingenuity are unparalleled in history, and AI could be the next step in a long line of productivity-focused tools that include the printing press, the typewriter, and the word processor. It doesn’t replace what makes us unique. It’s just another stepping stone to get where you want to go.

Let’s start with how AI text generation and organization works. When you give it a prompt, it will use its vast datasets to predict which words will come next in the sentence or group of words. When you ask it to organize existing words, it will draw on what it knows to organize your content sensibly.

But that’s the secret. These AI tools generate content based on what they’ve seen before. They aren’t able to create something truly new. And that’s where you come in. You can take the results of AI generation, apply your own human creativity, and create something unique. 

Use whiteboard sticky notes and mind maps to organize your thoughts

Let’s look at how you can use Zoom Whiteboard and AI Companion to spark ideas for whatever project, meeting, or workflow you’re collaborating on. In any new or existing whiteboard, you can go to the left toolbar and click the Zoom AI Companion icon .

From your own prompt or a suggestion, tell AI Companion what you want it to create. It’s okay if you don’t get it quite right the first time. You’ll be able to refine the output later. In Zoom Whiteboard, you can generate:

  • Stickies: Get a grid of multicolored sticky notes you can sort and rearrange.
  • Tables: Generate standard tables that are automatically filled with relevant information. 
  • Text:  text you can refine to change the length or tone.
  • Mind maps: Visualizations of interconnected ideas branching off one another.
  • Flow charts: Create diagrams outlining processes, conditions, and outcomes.

Here are some actual unedited examples of what AI Companion provided when asked to generate some stickies in Zoom Whiteboard about how Zoom AI Copmanion can help with creativity:

  • Zoom AI Companion can suggest creative ideas and solutions for brainstorming sessions.
  • It can provide inspiration and new perspectives to enhance creativity in discussions.
  • It facilitates collaboration by offering real-time feedback and suggestions during creative processes.
AI-generated stickies in Zoom Whiteboard can kickstart your creative process.

AI-generated stickies in Zoom Whiteboard can kickstart your creative process.

These results are generated from a simple question asked to Zoom AI Companion. From here, you could refine your results by sorting them into categories or asking for more examples of a specific note. You could move them around your whiteboard, rewrite them yourself, or delete the ones that don’t fit your project. This can help you connect dots you might not have connected on your own. 

Mind maps and tables offer a more linear way to organize your information. When you start with a prompt, the results you get will appear, usually two levels deep, and you can start refining. If the results are too much, click “Simplify.” If you need more detail, click “Expand.” After you accept your results, feel free to edit and arrange as you see best. If you’ve moved around a bunch of your nodes, don’t forget to click “Tidy Up” to keep your mind map decluttered and organized!

AI-generated mind maps in Zoom Whiteboard stay organized and can keep your thoughts organized, too.

AI-generated mind maps in Zoom Whiteboard stay organized and can keep your thoughts organized, too.

 

Generated content is the starting point, and you define the endpoint

For many people, AI tools are already embedded in their daily workflows, saving time to focus on tasks that only humans can do. Zoom Whiteboard is a great way to test AI Companion to see where they can save you time. You can:

  • Pass the blank page: Prompt Zoom AI Companion to create sticky notes, tables, text, or a mind map on a topic of your choice.
  • Refine your ideas: Fine-tune your own content or the content generated for you.
  • Simply or expand created mind maps: Depending on your desire for details, you can get more or less of what you want.
  • Organize what you have: Get AI Companion to take the first pass at categorizing your sticky notes.

There’s a lot of work to do. Delegating repetitive tasks to technology is something that we’ve been doing for millennia, and it’s no different today. AI tools don’t replace the creativity you need to complete your task; they can empower it instead. 

Zoom AI Companion features for Zoom Whiteboard are included at no additional cost for users with eligible paid Whiteboard services. If you’re a Zoom Basic user, you can sign up for an eligible paid plan. Zoom AI Companion may not be available for all regions and industry verticals.

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