I started learning Touch Typing

A few days ago I decided to learn how to type faster. I still have a long way to go, but I am getting better every day.

After my switch to Pass,I got myself into a bit of trouble. For some reason, I decided to make my passphrase 6 words long, pretty safe, but slow to type for me. I figured out how to change my passphrase and made it shorter, but I couldn’t get the idea of learning to type faster out of my mind.

After watching some YouTube videos, like Ali Abdaal’s video as an experienced typist with a speed of ~145 wpm, as well as Kalle Hallden’s journey trying to learn and get to at least 80 wpm, I decided to start learning once and for all. I used to type with at least 5 or 6 fingers total, since I am a pianist, I was already used to using many fingers, but I still lacked the proper technique of using all my fingers, placing them in the home row and keeping them there.

For my first test at 10fastfingers.com I did 19 wpm, which was terrible compared to my 55 wpm with my previous, lackluster technique mess. I started practicing finger placement and muscle memory on keybr.com and learned the positioning of every letter.

Now, after three days, my current record is 52 wpm, which is quite great, although my average is still on the low 40s. I am starting to catch up to my previous speed, and I hope I manage to get to at least 80 wpm with more weeks of practice. I still have a lot of trouble with punctuation, and my typing is not that precise, but I hope that some more practice allows me to improve and also to find my own style, since I also feel quite robotic sometimes. It feel pretty cool to know I am using all of my fingers, and its also epic when somehow I get one of those rushes where I get like 10 or so words typed without mistakes or pauses, which are still quite common.

This was a bit of a shorter post, but I don’t have a lot of time today, but I still wanted to publish something soon enough, since my time could be even more limited the following weeks.

This was day 38 of #100DaystoOffload


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