Why Practicing Your Computer Saves You Time

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How much time do you spend on your computer?

Being mindful of how you command your computer can save you a lot of time; giving you more time to do what you want!

How many times have you used Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V (+C and +V for us OS X users)? It is most likely that Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V were the first shortcuts you learned. (If you don’t know what shortcuts are, welcome to the modern world!)

How much time have those two shortcuts saved you?

Days? Weeks even?

How many shortcuts do you know?

Do you think your efficiency would be greater if you knew more shortcuts?

Probably.

Imagine typing a paragraph with your cursormac-osx-arrow-cursor

It’d take a long time, right?

A lot of us have learned to use the keyboard for text creation and management. But the keyboard is so much more than that! It is a phenomenal command and navigation tool.

The advantage of the cursor is its intuitive spacial navigation. You can watch it move, it follows your mechanical movements, and its point of interest is your point of interest.

Keyboards lack a specific point of interest, and are not fluid. At least, not fluid in the sense of their appearance and mechanical punchiness. But, if by fluid we mean able to enhance our flow of work, keyboards are more fluid than mice!

Unlearn your mouse (or trackpad)!

Dragging that cursor across the screen is stealing valuable time from your work-flow.

It is important to practice awareness of one’s mouse usage. Though it is an intuitive controller, it is often times an inferior navigation tool.

Okay, I’ll admit

Keyboard shortcuts takes time to remember, and more time to become automatic habit. But the fluency of navigation with the keyboard will save you unsurmountable amounts of time in the long run. You can do more in less time. And if you use your computer for work, that means you are more productive and your time is more valuable. A totally valid reason for higher pay.

Here is a ubiquitous chained-command performed with keychain-shortcut:

  1. ⌘ + tab (switch application)
  2. ⌘ + A (select all)
  3. ⌘ + C (copy)
  4. ⌘ + tab (switch back to application)
  5. ⌘ + V (paste)
  6. Click or Enter (to send)

Using these shortcuts in this sequence can be a common part of your efficient work-flow. All you have to do is start.

Here is the list of my top used shortcuts to get started using your computer more efficiently, so you can get work done faster.
And you can read about why unlearning your mouse is such a useful way to not only save you time in the long run, but also how it helps develop a mentality that will make your brain better and more resilient to age.

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