I’m not sure if most people would consider this a lifehack, but knowing where your fingers go on a keyboard transforms you from mere mortal to hacker god.
You’d be surprised how many people don’t know (or practice) proper typing.
Typing is probably one of the most important basic skills you can learn today. Unlike tying a shoe (bunny ears vs bunny hole), there aren’t multiple ways to perform the task.
Typing is now a part of our every day lives.
Whether or not you work in an office, you will likely end up on a computer keyboard at least once per week.
Therefore, if you can type fast and efficiently, you will find numerous benefits:
The faster you can type, the more time you can save.
A 2,000-word essay being typed at 25 words per minute will take 80 minutes vs typing at 70 words per minute which will take 28 minutes.
You might be thinking, “70 words per minute? Wow – not realistic.” However, I am able to type up to 113 words per minute.
Be More Productive
Double the speed means double the amount you can get done.
I practice a technique called “task batching,” which means I only focus on one task for an hour or two. If I only type 25 WPM, I won’t be finishing nearly as much.
Knowing where your fingers are and where they’re going means you won’t have to look at the keyboard as often.
To find your positioning, you can gently run your pointer fingers across the F & J key to get your bearing.
Once you start typing fast enough, you will be able to watch the screen the entire time without losing focus on the big idea. Every time you look down to find a key, you risk losing your concentration.
Knowing where to place your fingers and how to type on a keyboard with precision and speed is the best lifehack you could ever learn.
It improves your life in numerous ways and helps you look less like a caveman.