How are your typing skills?
Are you a slow but steady two-finger typist, not particularly quick but you get by with stabbing your pointer fingers at the keyboard until it the screen eventually looks kind of how you want it to?
Or are you pretty quick, but fly around the keyboard punching all of the right keys but not necessarily in the right order? Is the ‘delete’ key your most used key?
I am a quick typist – not 100 miles an hour, but fast fingers and, more importantly, I am accurate which saves a lot of time in the long run.
I have always loved typing. I asked for a typewriter for Christmas when I was six and I got a red Petite Elite. I loved that machine. I used to copy my mum when she did the bookwork for my dad and pretend I was a secretary. The keys were squeaky and the print was poor but I thought I was the next Enid Blyton.
I moved on to my mum’s beautiful teal-coloured Smith-Corona Calypso machine and used it to copy type pages and pages of album lyric sheets – Wham! Make It Big was a particular favourite. I typed long stories and had dreams of being a writer who sat at her typewriter all day long. Little did I know that I was what I would almost end up doing – just typing for other writers! (I’m sure I still have a bestseller up my sleeve!)
Nowadays I love my Macbook Pro. The keyboard is a lot kinder to the fingers than on old typewriters and it is certainly a lot more portable. I take mine everywhere with me so I can work anywhere. In fact this blog post is being composed in my car as I wait for my son to finish cricket practice!
Okay so the MacBook doesn’t smell the same as Mum’s Calypso and the print quality is 1,000 times better than that Petite Elite, but those early machines were important to me and gave me skills and a love for typing that makes my daily job enjoyable.
Would you say that you actually enjoy typing? Or is it a necessary task that takes time out of your day when you could be doing other more fun or profitable things like walking on the beach or meeting with your clients? If you have a fair amount of typing that takes you away from doing more interesting stuff for yourself or for your business, have you considered outsourcing it to someone else?
I work like a specialist Virtual Assistant and can help you with one-off typing jobs or more regular tasks.
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