Hey Sam, good question.
The assistant, in the example above, is most useful because it saves you time, especially for routine tasks. Normally, you’d look through your files or emails to find your friend’s info, and then type up an email from scratch. With the assistant, all you have to do asked for a first name or even nickname, and it will give you all the info you need and draft an email template for you.
Here’s what that could look like. In your excel sheet, you’ll have data about different people. After each of the sheet rows is iterated through and stored into arrays, the assistant will look to these arrays for data. Examples include:
firstname=[“Jane”, “Dave”, “John”,…]nickname=[“n/a”, “Dee Dee”, “Jo”]lastname=[“Smith”, “Goodman”, “Seederman"]email=[“email@example.com”, “firstname.lastname@example.org”, “email@example.com"]interests=[“tennis”, “writing”, “cooking”]
Now, imagine that each month, you want to send a personalized check-in email to some of these friends and wish them well. Normally, you’d search through your files to find their email and then type up an email from scratch.
With the assistant, all you’d need to do type in a name/nickname, for example, “Dee Dee”, and you can get something like the following automatically copied to your clipboard:
Full name: Dave “Dee Dee” GoodmanEmail to send to: firstname.lastname@example.orgHey Dee Dee!Now that it’s December, I just wanted to check-in and see how things are. Are you still keeping up with all of your writing activities? I look forward to hearing from you!-Ben
If you type in “John”, you would get something like this:
Full name: John “Jo” SeedermanEmail to send to: email@example.comHey Jo!Now that it’s December, I just wanted to check-in and see how things are. Are you still keeping up with all of your cooking activities? I look forward to hearing from you!-Ben
With very minimal effort, you got all the info you needed to send your check-in emails. From there, you can edit this draft however you like before sending it. Some aspects of this could be potentially more dynamic. In this example, you can use a datetime module to display the current month like “December”.
I found this assistant to be especially helpful in the workplace with routine tasks. For instance, you may be working with a large number of folks who are on many different teams and some of them are based in other states/countries.
With an assistant like this, you have the freedom to gear it towards what is most helpful to you, whether it’s with friends, at work, or something completely different.
I hope this helps answer your question!