It has been almost a year since I learned how to touch type, and I can’t describe how much it has helped me. In the past, I often wished to type fast, accurately, using all my fingers, and without looking at the keyboard. Learning the skill of touch-typing fulfilled all of these wishes. This article is aimed at informing you about the importance of typing skills (i.e. the skill of touch typing or fast typing). I shall tell you how I find this skill useful and how it can be helpful for you.
First, we should know what touch typing is. By definition, it is typing by using the sense of touch only without looking at the keyboard. But usually, this term is used to refer to a specific type of touch typing in which the typist first places his eight fingers in the middle row of the keyboard (the home row). Then he moves his fingers to reach other keys. Those typists who do not see the keyboard while typing but also don’t use the home row, are called hybrid typists or hybrid touch typists. Whatever it be called, basically it is the ability to type with a good speed without looking at the keyboard.
Following are the benefits of typing skills that you can enjoy by putting a little effort;
Increased typing speed & decreased time consumption
The first benefit of touch typing is the increase in your typing speed. Touch-typing makes it easy for the typist to type faster. One of the reasons is now you don’t have to waste time searching the keys for every alphabet. Rather the position of the key is already engraved in your muscle memory. You just have to think of a word and your fingers will automatically move to type it. This increase in typing speed automatically leads to less time consumed in typing.
Many other factors also help you conserve your time while doing typing or writing work e.g. improved accuracy, less diversion of attention, etc. These are going to be discussed further in this article.
Being able to type accurately is a very sweet fruit of the effort you have to put in learning touch typing. Once you have learned the basic skill of touch typing, you can enhance your accuracy in a short time. You just have to keep an eye on your mistakes and try to make fewer every time you sit to type. Online tools like Typisto.com can help you improve your accuracy.
Typing with good accuracy means you have to spend less time checking and correcting your mistakes in your text. It will not only save your time but also reduce the chance of mistakes sneaking into the final version of your document.
If you are a regular writer who cannot touch type, you may be tired of shifting your focus between screen and keyboard again and again. You may also find it difficult to focus on your thoughts while typing this way. If you face these problems, you should learn how to touch type. Because it can help you solve these problems. It will spare you your attention to put it where it is more required i.e. creating the content.
Possessing the skill of typing smoothly and accurately without having to look at the keyboard will make things a lot easier for you. You no longer have to focus on finding the alphabets on the keyboard. Touch-typing allows you to freely concentrate all your attention on creating the content. And your fingers will themselves take care of typing that content.
The above-mentioned benefits of touch-typing lead to this one i.e. increase in productivity. This increase in productivity can be seen at different levels. If you are working alone and independently, it will give a boost to your individual productivity. Your typing/writing speed can be almost doubled once you learn touch typing. Also, the quality of your writing/typing work will improve. If you are a content writer, you can write more and better articles in less time. The reason is now you can concentrate on thinking about the content more freely and you can type more in less time and with fewer errors.
In an office, if most of the workers are good at touch-typing, it will increase the productivity of the whole office. Similar can be the advantage in an organization if the culture of touch typing prevails in it. In short, touch typing skills can provide a good method to increase productivity wherever it is applied.
Better for health
Touch-typing is also good for your health. The reason is, it causes less fatigue both physically and mentally. You have to spend less time typing on your desk and therefore, you can have more time for relaxing and resting. It also helps you improve your sitting posture.
Moreover, learning the skill of touch-typing can be good for your brain as well. This video by Teaching.com tells us how learning to type at a young age can strengthen connections between our brain hemispheres, improve hand-eye coordination, and enhance our memory.
So, touch-typing can help you improve your physical and mental health in your work environment.
Touch-typing can help you find more and better opportunities. Many jobs require efficient typing skills. So, good WPM (Words Per Minute) and Accuracy can be a good boost for your resume.
Feels good and confident
Last but not least. Touch-typing, besides making you efficient at typing, will also make you confident at it. It will feel better. You should learn touch typing because you are going to love this combined feeling of being confident and efficient.
This was some information about the importance of typing skills in our daily working life. Hopefully, you will find it useful. I highly recommend you to learn to touch-type. You can learn it either by attending classes at a center/school, or you can learn it through the internet. And it won’t take more than a month for you to learn it.