Working from home using your computer requires a lot of typing. You can improve your productivity by getting work done faster, and your typing skills can play a major role. Here are 6 ways to improve your typing skills.
1. Use Typing Software
You can purchase a typing software that will track your progress and tailor lessons based on your weaknesses. Mavis Teaches Typing is one option that is well known and liked by typists, and there are others. When you first install these programs, you will be prompted to take a typing test for the purpose of analyzing your current abilities, such as how many words you can type per minute. Then, it will guide you through lessons to help you improve your accuracy and speed.
2. Take a Free Online Typing Course
If purchasing typing software is not an affordable option, you can use a free online typing course. GoodTyping is a web course that doesn't require any downloads and provides 27 guided lessons. You can even choose which keyboard layout you want to work with. To gain access to free online courses, you'll usually be asked to register with the website, which entails giving them your email address. You should never give your credit card number or other financial or personal information.
3. Sit Correctly
A simple but important way to improve your typing skills is to sit correctly. You must have the right posture to type faster, which means sitting up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Your keyboard should rest on the keyboard tray, your lap or table in a way that allows your hands to rest comfortably below your shoulders and above your waist. Otherwise, you'll create physical health problems that will be far worse for you than your typing.
The more you practice typing, the more you'll improve. However, engage meaningless typing. Type things that you can use in your business and personal life. Type emails instead of making a phone call if appropriate. Type topics in search engines to research your industry or news instead of watching television or just reading a book. Offer to type your church's newsletter or type your own instead of outsourcing it. If you benefit from practicing your typing by working on the things that you and others need, you're most likely to do it.
5. Play Games
If you look at a lot of text all day long and could use a break, you might try playing a typing game or two. There are several free online games that don't require you to download anything to your computer, such as Play4Traffic. These games range from working on letters to typing words. If you have typing software, you can play the games that come with it.
6. Get a New Keyboard
The keyboard you use can make a difference in how fast and how accurate you type. An ergonomic keyboard may be a good investment especially if you have to type for long periods of time. These keyboards make typing more comfortable and helps to foster a proper posture for typing.
Follow these tips, and you'll be well on your way to improving your typing skills. The key is to be consistent and to remember that improving will result in increased productivity, which may mean more money for you.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.