Friday, April 28, 2017


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

Jane Alicia Doe
34135 Main Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 09652

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. Alicia: Lift your left fingers after hitting the first A key and after hitting the C key. Phoenix: Lift your right fingers after hitting the O key. Arizona: Lift your right fingers after hitting the I 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. Keep your fingers as close as possible to the home row keys as you type word after word. The more you do this, the more control you have and the less out of place your fingers will be at all times.

6. Frequently practice typing an exclamation point, no matter how accustomed you are to it. If you do this, the muscle memory of pressing the left shift key with your left pinkie then quickly hitting the exclamation point with the 4th finger on your left hand will always be there the few times you encounter this character on an exercise/test. Type:!

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. Make the speed-boosting investment of your life above and to the right or below now! 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?