The Power of Touch Typing: Double Your Typing Speed in 10 Minutes a Day
Do you want to unlock the secret to becoming a faster and more efficient typist for the rest of your professional career? In this blog, I'll share my journey of mastering touch typing, a skill that allowed me to double my typing speed in less than six hours.
Before diving into the world of touch typing, let me introduce myself. I once had a mentor named Steph, a fellow GP, who was a lightning-fast typist. She effortlessly glided across the keyboard, and her secret was touch typing. It turned out that in Australia, where Steph received her education, touch typing was mandatory in schools. It explained her remarkable typing speed.
What is Touch Typing?
Touch typing is the polar opposite of pecking at keys with a few fingers. Instead of using just a couple of favorite digits to hunt and peck the keys, touch typing requires you to use all your fingers. The key is to let your fingers rest on the F and J keys, marked with tiny grooves. The real magic happens when you stop looking at the keyboard and let muscle memory take over.
The Trick to Learning
My first attempt at touch typing was a bit of a rollercoaster. I spent hours trying to master it but found myself losing interest and not seeing any significant improvement in my typing speed. The secret I discovered on my second attempt was to practice for only 10 minutes a day, without exception. Even if you're doing well, stick to those 10 minutes. And be disciplined about it, especially on workdays.
Learning is Ageless
One nagging doubt I had during my second attempt was whether I was too old to learn touch typing. But that was just self-doubt. It's essential to brush such thoughts aside because you're never too old to learn new skills. Whether it's touch typing or any other skill, age is not a limiting factor.
Touch Typing Resources
To get started with touch typing, I recommend using TypingClub. It offers a free basic membership with no apparent restrictions during the course. The lessons and videos are engaging, and you can track your progress. TypingClub provides a fun way to learn touch typing, and it's aesthetically pleasing. Plus, you can see your stats and identify your strongest and weakest fingers, helping you focus on areas that need improvement.
I hope you found this blog informative and inspiring. If you did, please give it a thumbs up, leave a comment, and consider subscribing for more content like this. Feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or feedback. Remember, learning touch typing can be a game-changer in your professional life. Good luck on your journey to mastering touch typing and boosting your productivity!