Keys to Better Typing
The vast majority of computer users do not type correctly. Whether they hold their wrists at the wrong angle, they are slouched over their keyboard, or they hunt and peck for letters… it’s easy to get lazy with typing. These impediments to your typing skills, however, can cause joint stress over time. If you are a lazy typer at your job, you are incurring an ever-growing opportunity cost for time that could be better spent (networking at the water cooler, perhaps?).
Here are 3 tips to help you out.
Improve Your Typing Posture
This is the toughest thing to watch. Make sure you sit with your back straight, elbows at your sides and your feet flat. Keeping your back straight prevents long-term back pain. Keeping your feet flat makes it easier to keep you back straight. Keeping your elbows at your sides puts less pressure on your wrists. It also allows you to use your bicep muscles to hold your hands so that they gently hover above the keys. If you rest your wrists on the bottom of the keyboard below the spacebar (or by the trackpad of a laptop), you are restricting your finger-reach. By letting your hands hover, you increase your finger mobility. As a side-note, you may find yourself craning your neck to look at a laptop screen with this posture. There are two solutions: one, switch to desktop. Two, buy a wireless keyboard/mouse set and elevate the laptop on object so that your eyesight is level. It is important that every part of the posture puzzle is in place. Consider how long you sit at a computer and think about how fast this damage to your body can add up. Repeated stress on your neck is also something chiropractors warn with smartphone use. Holding phones at a low angle and making your chin touch your trachea to read is harmful too - and has caused documented cases of injury. It is the same concept in the case of computer use.
There is the saying that "Practice makes perfect;" however, that statement is not fully accurate. Perfect practice makes perfect. If you have been typing for a long time, but have been doing it with improper mechanics, that means you have gotten accustomed to typing in a subpar manner. Luckily, that can change. You have to actively practice positive typing habits in order for them to stick. Make sure you thoroughly monitor yourself throughout the day. I would recommend testing your speed (words per minute) and accuracy with an online game or speed tester.
There are some inexpensive products on the market that can help you stop your hunt/peck strategy by hiding the letters. This forces you to memorize your keyboard. It also forces you to look at the screen when you type, because you will be conducting trial and error. You will push the same buttons with the same fingers, and, over time, you will learn which finger can activate which key: Pinky on qaz, ring finger on wsx, middle finger on edc, and so on…
If you are learning to touch type - that is, to use your eight fingers plus a thumb on the space bar to type efficiently - you may especially need help with learning the keyboard layout. The Keybodo cover can help you with this process by making typing a multi-sensory experience.
90 WPM+ AMAZING
≤ 40 "Hunt and Pecker"