The first hurdle I faced was switching in December, what a weird time to switch right? I was supposed to be scaling down and focus on relaxation, but I thought the switch to be such a huge challenge, that It wouldn’t matter when I did it.
The second hurdle: I went cold turkey. I simply switched, printed out the new layout, gave it a solid glance and memorized all the new positions and kept it next to my desk. I watched my typing speed go from 35 WPM(words per minute) to 9. And my frustration levels go into the red.
I started to use this at work immediately. I warned my team mates and just jumped in. A good thing this sort of thing is encouraged at Automattic.
The two things that helped me the most during the first month was Type Fu and a supportive team.
With Type Fu you repeatedly type similar phrases until you “master the keys. At this point, you move on to the next level with more variation. It also has a setting to select the keys you battle with and only focus on them.
My current speed is 30 WPM. I use it as my default layout and I’m way more confident than I was a month ago. My main take away is that, if I can go from 9 -30WPM in a month then I’ll be more productive as time goes on.
I hope to increase this as I continue to practice every working day.
I’m switching to Colemak. It’s an alternate keyboard layout that allows you to type while your fingers travel shorter distances. You can read more about the reasons this is better than QWERTY here: http://chetansurpur.com/blog/2012/11/colemak.html
My main reason for switching is that so many others at Automattic made the switch and had only good things to say. For me it came down to comfort, speed and the joy of trying something new.
I was considering the impact that this will have on my work as a programmer, but figured there will never be a good time to do this. There will always be deadlines, things to get done and communication to be had. So now is the best time.
Also, it’s time to try something new as QWERTY hasn’t done me much good. My current typing speed and accuracy is terrible and I experience pain in my wrists. I pathetically type 30wpm with 77% accuracy. My goal is 100wpm with at least 90% accuracy.
I hope to improve accuracy and typing speed and so my productivity and reduce fatigue in my fingers.
I started some time ago, but it is now more focused and intentional.
I’ve always used a notebook but have recently started using the Dayone App. It allows for multiple journals in one app. So I have a journal for health, wealth my walk in Christ and even one for my son Judah.
I keep track of all my goals and my progress towards them. I write down lessons learnt and mistake I wish to avoid in future. I write some very private stuff, and also keep note of my bad habits.
When you journal you keep a record of your growth. The mind simply doesn’t track change like this. It doesn’t remember small changes over a long time. Just like when you see a friend after a long time, you can show they’ve changed, but they and the people around them don’t notice much. Reviewing the journal after some time is like visiting an old friend. You see all the changes in their life and can compare what you’ve written down.
Jim Rohn speak so powerfully about Journalling, this inspired me even more: