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Thursday, September 28, 2017

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1. Learn how to do data entry faster by doing the exercise below:

Jane Amanda Doe
1638 Main Avenue
Naples, Florida 07456

When typing Jane, lift your left hand fingers after hitting the A key with your fifth finger to eliminate the likelihood of hitting the E key before you can type a N.  
Amanda: Lift your left fingers after hitting the 2nd A key.
Naples: Lift your right fingers after hitting the N key and lift your left fingers after hitting the A key 
Florida: Lift your left fingers after hitting the F key and lift your right fingers after hitting the O key.

2. Practice touch typing for about ten minutes or more almost daily, making sure to use the proper fingering. 
This will keep your keyboard touch and muscle memory stronger besides making you sharper.
Warming up, tapping your fingers and thrusting your arms forward a few times before doing a test/exercise will help you hit the ground running right away and can reduce frustration from not starting out as poorly. 
Also, if you work on a list of certain words like I do, it helps to do it at least once a week so you'll have more ease doing the tough words you've written down when it comes to clutch time.

3. After fixing an error while doing a long exercise or test, try to remember what line and spot you were last on while picking up where you left off. 
If you accidentally hit the caps lock key at any point, turn it off before you resume doing your exercise/test.
Be as cognizant as possible of the keyboard.

4. Two of the techniques the video above covers are 1) touching the groove marks on the F and J keys and 2) not looking down. 
If finding those marks after lifting your fingers to hit other keys works for you, more power to you; 
But, I find it easier to slide my fingers back into position where the 2nd finger on my left hand is slightly over the F key and the 2nd finger on my right hand is slightly over the J key. 
As for never looking down, it's okay to look up if you're having a bad day and having trouble hitting a particular key such as the apostrophe key or comma key even though you may usually have it mastered.

5. Make doing long or tough words easier by mentally breaking them down into two or three parts. 
For example, I wrote the word "particular" in the paragraph above. 
You can do this word by solely focusing on "part" then typing it out then doing "ic" then doing "ular". 
Type: particular expediency circuitously

6. Realizing what's holding you back and fixing it
If you continue to make fundamental errors, you can only improve by a limited amount.
Take a close look at what hinders you the most on a regular basis.
As you become aware of words or other aspects that continually give you trouble, frequently do tests or exercises that allow you to address your weaknesses.

7. Avoiding capitalization errors
Don't type the first letter of a word that must be capitalized without first hitting the caps lock key or holding down a Shift key. 
Continue holding down a Shift key or leave caps lock key on if you type a wrong letter while capitalizing a word. 
Type: I'll go to Kentucky tomorrow.

It's not time to leave, as you have one more step to your destination of quickly becoming a terrific typist or having your kids ace their keyboarding class. 
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What do you have to lose but a fat paycheck, more time for your family or the delight of seeing your kids develop a key skill?