The One Skill Every Programmer Should Learn: Touch Typing

In this post I am going to show you some excellent resources for learning how to touch type, i.e., how to type properly using all ten of your fingers without looking at your keyboard.

I always thought I could type fast. And it was true, I could indeed type fast. However, I wasn’t doing it the proper way. I wasn’t using all ten fingers.

It was only when I was battling with tendinitis and consequently bought an ergonomic keyboard that I realized how inefficient my typing habits were. The split layout of my newly acquired keyboard forced me to notice that I was really only using six or seven fingers out of all ten fingers. This lead me to finally learn how to type properly. I know you might think that you can type fast already; that you are in no need of learning how to touch type when your own system already works … but trust me, learning how to properly type doesn’t take much effort nor very long, yet will it increase your productivity immensely.

You don’t have to go all-in right from the start and do all your writing with touch typing. You don’t need to decide between all black or all white. I knew for sure that if I were to force myself to do only touch typing from now on, I’d be so unproductive that I wouldn’t get anything done in a reasonable timespan with my meager 20 words per minute. But you can do the exercises on this site after your day’s work is done and you may allow yourself to be a little slower in terms of typing speed. You will see rapid improvements even within the first few days. If you stay consistent and practise every day, even if it’s only for five minutes a day, then you will surpass your old typing speed within just a handful of weeks.

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