Productivity Tip: Train Your Fingers

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Image of a man typing on a keyboard and the phrase, Productivity Tip: Train Your FingersCan you type the following phrase without looking at your keyboard?

The phrase includes all the letters of the alphabet.

Get ready, set, and…go!

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

How did you do? If typing isn’t one of your strong skills, you might consider learning touch typing to help you become more productive when working at the computer.

Touch typing allows you to type without looking for the location of keys on the keyboard.

Fingers rest on a certain set of keys called the home row (ASDF for the left hand, JKL; for the right hand) and always return to that row after typing letters on other rows.

Ever wonder what those little ridges on the keys “F” and “J” are for? They are the resting places for your index fingers on the home row.

The touch typing method allows for greater typing speed, as you are more efficient in your keystrokes, and greater accuracy, as you know exactly where the keys are located on the keyboard.

Good touch typists type with both speed and accuracy.

Are you ready to train your fingers to become a faster and more accurate typist? Search online for touch typing software and tutorials. There’s lots of different choices to choose from, including free and for purchase options.

Set up a regular schedule to practice your lessons a few minutes each day and also try to touch type in your daily work (such as writing emails).

Remember it takes several weeks for a new habit to form. Be patient with yourself. It might be slow going at first but remember that learning touch typing is part memorization and part rewiring connections between your hands and your brain.

Once you’ve solidified the connections, typing will be a breeze. You’ll literally have more time on your hands!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.
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