3 Things You Need to Reach Your Goals

As we mentioned in a previous post, it’s true that setting a goal is an important first step. But goal setting is easy. Just think how many times you have said, “I want to quit smoking” or “I want to lose weight” or “I want a better paying job.” These are all goals that people set.

Defining a goal, whether it is quitting smoking or losing weight or something else, is the first step in reaching that goal. The problem is this: that’s as far as most people get. And when they don’t back up their words with actions, they continually fail to meet their goals.

Once you have set a goal, there are three things you need in order to actually achieve that goal.

#1: Commitment
In order to reach your goals, you need commitment. In addition, you also need to be confident that you are committed to working towards achieving your goal. When you feel a strong commitment towards achieving your goal, it is much easier to make necessary sacrifices, overcome obstacles, effectively deal with conflict, and devote yourself to the effort.

Achieving your touch typing goal, whether it is speed or accuracy or both, most likely will require certain sacrifices. You’ll need time to practice, and if your schedule is already full, you will need to decide what you will sacrifice, temporarily, in order to free up time to practice. Your actions must display a commitment to being ready and willing to make those sacrifices, whatever they are. Until you are committed, it will not be possible to achieve your goal.

#2: Time
Besides commitment, you also need to create a timeline for achieving your goal. A timeline is crucial to keeping your goal on track. Obviously, if you are starting out with no previous typing experience other than being able to “hunt-and peck,” it will take you longer to achieve your goal than it might for someone who is more familiar with keyboard layout.

If you want to begin applying for a new job by a certain date, you can use that date as a deadline for accomplishing your goal. Then you can work backwards from that deadline when identifying the dates by which you plan to achieve smaller accomplishments that move you towards your ultimate goal.

Defining a timeline is also going to help in another important way. It’ll make it easier to gauge the amount of time you will need to spend each day working towards your goal so you can turn that goal into reality.

#3: Planning
In order to meet your goal, you’ll need to develop a plan of action for overcoming the obstacles you’re likely to encounter. If you’re as busy as most people are, one of your biggest obstacles will likely be finding time to use Typesy to develop your touch typing skills. We’re all so busy juggling our jobs, our families, and so many other daily chores and responsibilities that finding time to improve ourselves often falls to the bottom of the priority list. But when you believe strongly in your goal, you will find a way to overcome whatever obstacles stand in the way of your success.

How to Turn Basic Typing Abilities Into Advanced Skills

Whether you’re starting at the very beginning or just re-training yourself to touch type, you’ll eventually complete all the beginner level exercises available. Once you’re satisfied with what you have accomplished, you can move on to advanced courses where you can focus on activities designed to build upon the basics and help you improve both your touch typing speed and accuracy.

Once your basic training is complete, your fingers know where they’re supposed to be positioned on the home row, and you can type all of the required letters in words and sentences – including punctuation – using the proper fingers, and you rarely need to peek at the keyboard to locate the keys you need. With that basic skill set, you can turn to working on building touch typing speed and touch typing accuracy.

You’ll be happy to know that Typesy offers focused instruction in specific advanced skill building areas. Included in the advanced course are specially designed “fast typing tonics” for working with the regular keyboard, the numeric keypad, and more. Typesy’s Fast Typing Tonics are designed as quick refresher courses that take fifteen minutes or less to complete so you can work on them whenever you have spare time.

Typesy also offers an advanced free study section. This lets you select from a number of activities and games, and allows you to select the text that you would like to practice with. The types of practice text you can choose from include drills, stories, and other types of text blocks.

Note: Even if you can already touch type, you should complete the speed and accuracy tests in Typesy. Typesy may also require you to complete typing speed and accuracy tests so it can track this information for you.

Multimedia and Making Things Fun: The Typesy Advantage

We all know that all work and no play would make learning feel like a chore. The people that designed Typesy know this, too which is why they’ve included multiple fun typing games. You’ll enjoy playing these games, and while you play, you’ll be working towards the goals you’ve set for improving speed and accuracy. The games train your eyes, your fingers, and your brain to quickly recognize and accurately type a series of words, letters, symbols, and numbers. Unlike standard typing tests, these games allow you to have fun while you’re working on your typing skills. We’ll bet you won’t even realize how much time you’re spending playing these games! But it’s not a waste of time, like some games: each typing game hones your touch typing skills effectively and easily. You’ll find that even children enjoy learning how to touch type when these fun games are part of the program!

Speaking of learning, Typesy is the only touch typing skill builder that includes Wiki Connect Technology. This proprietary technology lets you practice typing with any article on Wikipedia, or any other wiki site. It’s a great way to improve your typing while discovering amazing facts. Compared to other typing courses that use canned texts that you soon get bored with, you’ll always be able to use new material to enhance your typing capabilities.

As a matter of fact, Typesy’s Advanced Text Management feature lets you import text or exercises from a variety of sources. That means you can make your own typing exercises and then import them into Typesy. The import process is quick and easy and offers another creative way for you to challenge yourself.

Typesy even offers a module that lets you practice typing to dictation, which is a valuable skill to learn for many jobs, especially high-paying ones like medical or legal transcription.

Do You Know Where Your Keys Are?

In some respects, getting to know your keyboard is probably the single most important thing you can do before starting work on your touch typing skills. Because touch typing is the ability to type the correct letters in the correct order using the correct symbols, numbers and/or punctuation – without the need to actually look at the keyboard in order to locate the desired keys – you’ll need to memorize the layout of your keyboard. Depending on where you live and whether you use a desktop computer or a laptop, you may find variations in keyboard layout.

The letters of the alphabet typically take up a total of three rows on a standard computer keyboard. The row in the center of these three rows is referred to as the “home” row and it is where the “home row” keys are located. The home row keys consist of letters and several important punctuation marks. As you learn more about touch typing, you will start to understand the need to familiarize your fingers with these home row keys.

The rows immediately above and immediately below the home row also consist of letters, along with other punctuation marks, the Tab key, the Cap Lock key, the Enter key (formerly the “Return” key on a typewriter), the Shift key, and other symbols that are used primarily for programming.

Directly above the top row of letter keys sits a row of keys that displays the digits 1 through 0 from left to right. You’ll notice that each of these keys also displays a symbol above each of the digits. For example, above the four is the dollar sign. The left and the right parentheses are displayed above the digits nine and zero respectively. You’ll also notice a few other keys on this row that display only symbols but no digits. Over to the far right is the frequently used Backspace key.

The top row on the keyboard is where you will find the function keys. The function or functions that each key performs depends upon the software that is currently being used. The instruction manual for the particular program or software will define the functionality of each function key. Since these function keys have no relevance to touch typing, you don’t need to be concerned with them when you’re working on your typing skills.

Using Ergonomics to Improve Your Typing Ability

You may have heard the term “ergonomics” and may even be convinced of its value. But have you actually taken steps to set up an ergonomically-correct workspace, either at home or at your office or both?

When it comes to ergonomics for computer users, many factors are involved, including decisions made on selection and placement of common components like a computer desk, computer monitor, and chair. However, when thinking about ergonomics, it’s also important to consider your mouse, the height and position of your keyboard and monitor, ambient lighting, glare, document holders, and even leg and foot support. When all of these components are set up just right, you can lower your risk of injury, strain, fatigue – and tension!

Before designing an ergonomical work space, remember that there isn’t any “one-size-fits-all” guideline. Every computer user is different, both physically and in how each uses his or her computer. That means work space ergonomics is really more about achieving certain goals.

For example, you can reduce neck tension by ensuring your elbows are properly supported. Here, proper elbow support is the goal. Making adjustments to your chair’s height until your elbows are properly supported is one way to achieve that goal.

Something you may want to invest in, especially if you will do a lot of touch typing, is a document holder. This desk accessory holds your working documents close to your monitor. In fact, the ideal place to put a document holder is right beside the monitor so your source document is at the same distance and height as your monitor. Proper positioning of source documents helps reduce eye strain, headaches, and fatigue, and will keep you from putting your head and neck in awkward positions.

It’s important to consider ergonomics when setting up your workspace. Many employers are open to suggestions on how your desk area should be set up in order to suit your body and work style. After all, they want to keep you at work, not out with back pains or stress injuries! In fact, many offices will pay for special keyboards, mouse components, and chairs in order to benefit their employees.

Note: If you experience musculoskeletal pain and discomfort now, or while completing the Typesy Course, you may need to seek professional help. Only someone with the proper training can accurately diagnosis the source of your pain or discomfort and recommend a treatment plan that may or may not include ergonomics.

Beginner or Skill Builder? Typesy Can Help

Typesy is designed to be helpful for anyone who wants to improve typing skills, whether they’re already good typists or absolute beginners. Even someone who has never used a keyboard before will be able to easily follow the exercises, because the majority of the Beginner Typing course consists of hands-on lessons. A brief audio introduction explaining the keys that will be taught precedes each lesson. The introduction also identifies the fingers used to press those keys. While the introductory audio is providing an overview, computer animation displays images on the screen of the proper hand-finger-key arrangement. After the lesson introduction is over, the user has an opportunity to complete and practice an actual hands-on lesson.

Each lesson in the Beginner Typing Course focuses on learning different keys and key sequences. When finished with this course, the user will know everything needed to start focusing on speed and accuracy: the location of every letter, number, punctuation mark, and symbol available on a standard QWERTY keyboard; the location of the editing keys and the keys that control other actions; even how to touch type on the numeric keypad. The Beginner Typing Course was designed to turn beginners into touch typists in the shortest time possible.

That really is the sole purpose of the Typesy software. It does not matter what type of job you have. It does not matter what your reason is for wanting to develop touch typing skills. It does not matter if you are still in school or retired after a lengthy career. If you want to learn touch typing, you can, if you are willing to take the time and make the effort to learn. If you’re willing to do both, you will improve your touch typing ability, speed, and accuracy.

There’s More to Touch Typing Than Typing

While you could just take a course that shows you how to match fingers with the appropriate keys on the keyboard, there are other aspects of typing that all add up to increased speed and decreased stress. Because of this, a key feature of Typesy is that it teaches more than touch typing. For example, Typesy includes a workshop on getting to know your keyboard. The workshop discusses the standard QWERTY keyboard layout, regional differences among keyboards and how Typesy handles them, keyboard variations like the split keyboard design, and other keyboard details.

There’s also an in-depth workshop on ergonomics. Maybe you don’t think an ergonomically correct work environment matters. But after completing the Typesy online workshop on ergonomics, you’ll see that ergonomics plays a huge role in improving your touch typing speed and accuracy, and more importantly, your comfort.

During the workshop on ergonomics, you’ll learn how to position your desk, chair, armrests, keyboard, monitor, lighting, mouse, arms, wrists, fingers, elbows, and feet in a way that maximizes comfort while minimizing the risk of developing repetitive stress injury, eye strain, neck and back pain, and other health issues. The workshop offers an abundance of valuable tips for setting up your workspace, plus instructions for several stretching exercises that you can do right at your desk.

There’s even a workshop on goal setting. This workshop discusses the importance of goal setting and offers general tips for setting goals. The discussion also offers insight into defining a touch typing goal based on your career objectives and personal preferences. Once defined, you can input your goal and let Typesy help you achieve it.

All in all, Typesy has everything you need to learn about all aspects of touch typing, so that you develop a well-rounded and complete skill set that’s sure to help you succeed.

Are You Already a Touch Typist?

Touch typing is a skill that anyone can use. Whether you’re looking for an edge over your competition – like when you’re applying for entry level positions or you’re ready to climb the career ladder – or simply wishing to be more efficient on the computer in general, the ability to touch type quickly and accurately can help you get the most out of your keyboard time.

But do you already have the ability to touch type? Assessing your touch typing skills really isn’t that difficult. In fact, the assessment basically comes down to whether you answer “yes” or “no” to one important question: Can you touch type already?

Keep in mind that in order to type, your fingertips must “touch” certain keys. But the simple act of “touching” specific keys is not what touch typing is all about. Touch typing is really about the way you touch those keys. That’s because touch typing relies on memory, and the ability to type the correct letters in the correct order using the correct symbols, numbers and/or punctuation – without the need to actually look at the keyboard in order to locate the desired keys.

When you know how to touch type, you don’t need to look. Your fingers will know where to go to find the correct letters, numbers and symbols because you’ve properly trained them to recall the correct keyboard location from memory. You’re a touch typist if your answer to this question is “yes”:

Can you type the correct letters in the correct order using the correct symbols, numbers and/or punctuation – without ever looking at the keyboard?

If you cannot touch type, start at the beginning with the simplest finger/key exercises. In fact, if you ever look at the keyboard, it’s a good idea to review the basics before trying to work on speed.

As your touch typing skills improve, you will be ready to progress to more advanced exercises. That’s one of the nice features of Typesy: it lets you work at your own pace. You can start and end each set of exercises whenever you want. Just keep in mind that the more you practice, the more your touch typing skills will improve.

Can Setting A Goal Help You Reach It?

Anyone who has ever achieved a goal knows that setting a goal is the first step in reaching that goal. That’s because a goal really is nothing more than a desired result. Some people like to compare a goal to a destination on a map. It defines where they want to eventually end up. A goal gives them direction and something to look forward to.

Knowing exactly what your goals are makes it easier to define all of the smaller steps you need to take to achieve those goals, or desired results. In keeping with the map analogy, you could compare these smaller steps to the different roads you must travel in order to reach your ultimate destination.

Most business owners would never attempt to open their doors without clearly defining both short-term and long-term goals. The ones that fail to do this – whether because of a lack of time or a lack of goal-setting knowledge – are usually the ones that fail. But the businesses that set short-term and long-term goals – and know what’s needed to accomplish those goals – will always be in a much better position to succeed.

The same is true with personal goals. It all sounds so easy and so obvious, doesn’t it? But you would be amazed by the number of people who don’t know what it takes to achieve their goals and, as a result, never realize their business, career, or personal dreams.

The simple act of going through the process of thinking about your goal and setting that goal is the first – and maybe the most important – step towards reaching it. In order to ensure that you make quick progress towards your touch typing goals, you’ll need to set specific targets for your speed (words per minute) and accuracy, and a timeframe for making those goals. Make sure they’re within reach, however – if you’ve never used a computer, you can’t expect to be typing at 120wpm in two days!

Why Typesy is the Top-Rated Typing Course

As reviewers have noted, Typesy offers step-by-step courses that have been designed to fulfill different needs. If your touch typing skills are limited, you can start with the beginner course. As your skills improve, you can progress to the advanced courses. If you already have some touch typing experience, you can skip the beginner courses and jump right into the advanced instruction.

Typesy also offers focused instruction in specific skill building areas. You’ll find specially designed “fast typing tonics” on building speed, improving accuracy, working with the numeric keypad, and more. These are excellent refresher courses that you can work on whenever you have a few minutes of free time.

No matter what course you choose to work on first, each course is a separate module that functions as a virtual workshops that combines video and computer training. Each course begins with verbal instruction that describes what will be covered in the course, the correct fingers to use, and other appropriate information.

Instruction is followed by computer-generated exercises that are always accompanied by images showing proper hand and finger placement. All of this is designed to simulate what you would expect to happen in a live touch typing workshop. The key difference is convenience. You won’t waste time traveling to and from Typesy’s workshops, because you can take the workshops with you on your laptop. And you can repeat the workshops as often as you like.