今日推荐英文原文：《Did Touch Typing Improve My Productivity?》
今日推荐英文原文：《Did Touch Typing Improve My Productivity?》作者：Simdi Jinkins
Did Touch Typing Improve My Productivity?
My experience hunt and pecking after 4 years of touch typingBack in 2016, I made the decision to learn touch typing. I felt it was a necessary step to improve my productivity as a programmer.
Typing less would mean more time doing the work that mattered: solving problems. It would also mean being able to focus my full attention on the monitor instead of dividing it by looking at the keyboard.
Muscle memory of the keys made my informal typing style manageable, but there was still room for improvement.
So I practiced by spending 15 minutes each day doing lessons on keybr. It was a slow process and took me about a month to get up to an average of 35wpm.
My brain eventually developed a mental map of all the keys and I could type increasingly quicker and accurately.
MotivationSo now, four years later, with my average wpm hovering around 60 wpm, I got curious about how much impact I had made on my productivity by transitioning away from the traditional hunt-and-peck method.
All the points written below are my observations as I progressed with the draft of this article.
Quick disclaimer: All the points are my sole subjective experiences that may not apply to everyone. It’s also probable that I’m not a good representative of a proper hunt-and-pecker. I might have needed to take more time to grow accustomed to that style of typing.
1. I Found It Difficult Typing Using Two FingersAfter years of continuous touch typing, my hands refused to adapt. My fingers would unconsciously revert to positioning themselves on the home row keys. As a result, typing with my two fingers needed constant attention.
2. I Had to Switch Between Looking at the Screen and KeyboardThere’s a context switch looking back and forth between screen and keyboard. This was headache-inducing and made me queasy and tired.
I imagine it gets worse when copy typing, as you now have to switch attention between the screen, keyboard, and additionally the source of text being copied.
I tried reducing this context switch by spending more time on the keyboard, but it doesn’t work for copy typing and leads to another of my points.
3. I Made a Lot More Mistakes and Spent More Time Correcting ThemBecause I spent a lot of time searching for keys on the keyboard, I wouldn’t be aware of mistakes I made a few words or even lines previously. This meant extra time positioning the cursor at the error — it’s headache-inducing.
4. I Made a Lot More Spelling ErrorsAnother issue I had was… spelling. I made more mistakes with my spelling. Even with being fully conscious of every keystroke, it seemed my brain had trouble spelling common words while touch typing.
The (Almost) Great Equalizer: Code EditorsThe typical code editor includes features like code completion, automatic brace pairing, and syntax highlighting. These help bridge the gap, albeit only slightly.
ConclusionI see a lot of excuses shifting the performance bottleneck from typing to decision-making. Yes, you might not make decisions faster than typing, but touch typing frees up mental load for other tasks — it becomes unconscious (just think and words come up on the screen).
So I believe touch typing’s major advantage isn’t speed but cognitive automaticity.
The benefits of typing without looking seem to even transfer to operating my phone’s keyboard.
Bottom line: Most hunt-and-peckers will never type as efficiently as the average touch typist who’s subconsciously using all ten digits.
It may become workable to harness brain-computer interfaces for typing at speeds impossible at present. This is a long way forward, but this is highly probable and could make touch typing irrelevant.
For now, touch typing remains one of the best ways to improve your productivity.