learn to type

Really. I’m not joking. Learn to touch type. If you’re using a keyboard as part of your working life, get proficient at it. Some old-school journalists took pride in their uselessness at typing, relishing their reputation as fast, furious and inaccurate. Breaking keyboards was a badge of honour. Forget it. You wouldn’t be impressed by a plumber, joiner or chef who misused or broke the tools of their trade. You want someone who has achieved some mastery over basic techniques.

If you can type automatically, accurately and without effort you can put your energies into what really matters – thinking about sentences.

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