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How I Type REALLY Fast (156 Words per Minute)



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hey friends welcome back to the channel

if you're new here my name is ali i'm a

doctor based in the uk and in this video

we're talking about a topic very close

to my heart which is how to

type faster now having a ridiculously

fast typing speed is one of my

super powers in life and i think anyone

can become at least twice as productive

if you just improve your typing speed

and so in this video we're going to talk

about the benefits of improving your

typing speed

and then i'm going to go over eight

actionable practical tips on how you can

personally improve your typing speed

so that you can become a productivity

grease monkey in case you're wondering i

hit around 155 words per minute on a

good day

and if i'm feeling particularly sluggish

i will be hovering around the 140 words

per minute mark

for context the average typing speeds

around 45 words per minute and

if you're watching this video you're

probably a nerd like me so yours is

probably significantly higher

and according to google you need to be

at around 80 words per minute to qualify

as a professional typist whatever that

means

regardless of whether you want to be a

professional typist or not i think

there's some very good reasons to

improve our typing speed to try and get

it as high as possible

the first and most important one is that

it just really impresses people like

when people see me typing at work you

know i work as a doctor in case you

didn't know

the single biggest compliment i've ever

gotten through my two years of being a

doctor is that wow you type really fast

maybe that's not the kind of compliment

i want when i'm a doctor but still it's

nice to hear

and everyone is always so impressed like

oh my god where did you learn to type

i'm just like well you know

i misspent youth and they always like oh

hahaha very funny secondly everything in

life is based on a computer these days

if you can increase the speed at which

you interact with a computer

if you can get the computer to respond

to you kind of as close to you thinking

that thing as possible

then you're just like so much more

productive in front of a computer it's

not just for typing heavy things like

typing essays and whatever you do for

work

it's also just in general in terms of

interacting with the web browser and

going on websites and sending messages

to friends

all of that stuff becomes quicker and

therefore we become more productive

when we can type faster and thirdly to

be honest for me the closer my typing

speed gets to my thinking speed

the more creative i think i become

because when you're writing something

like whether it's a first draft for a

blog post or a project or an essay or

even a script for a video

when you're writing something the first

draft should always be just kind of a

brain dump

without really stopping to think about

it too much and so when i'm planning

videos or writing blog posts or email

newsletters

link below if you want to subscribe to

my weekly email newsletter when i'm

typing out the first draft

i can almost type at the rate that i

think and therefore i just get stuff

onto a page so much quicker

and you know a lot of people ask that

you know ali how do you have time to do

all of these things youtube channel blog

newsletter podcast

how do you have time to do all this

stuff while you're working as a doctor

and my answer is well i'm taking a break

from medicine right now and apart from

all the general productivity advice that

i've given out on this channel in the

past i think just being able to type

super fast makes such a big difference

to everything because

it just makes life so much better so

that's why we should be improving on

typing speed

i've actively worked to improve mine and

it's had a big knock-on effect on my

life and hopefully one day it will um

help me attract a mate let's now go over

eight

ways eight practical actionable ways

that you can improve your typing speed

alright so step one involves learning

some keyboard shortcuts for fixing

mistakes and if you don't know these

already these are an absolute game

changer so

i'm gonna type some stuff and i'll show

you how i fix a mistake

okay i've typed in somewhere over the

rainbow while up so i want to write way

up

now the old school way of fixing this

mistake is going back back back back

y space you know it's like using

backspace multiple times

but a general tip for improving your

typing is that whenever you find

yourself using

backspace more than twice there's

probably a better way of doing it

and so if i take that typo back what i'm

going to do is i'm going to use

option and backspace and what that does

is that that deletes an entire word

option backspace to delete an entire

word and i will show you on a more legit

keyboard what that looks like

so if i type the type again war up i'm

sure this is aligned

i'm hitting option and backspace to

delete the entire word and this is

absolutely absolutely revolutionary

if instead you're one of those heathens

that uses windows then don't worry you

can also do this on windows you press

ctrl and backspace

and on windows that works and that

deletes a whole word

so that just changes the game completely

because now you're not pressing

backspace multiple times to delete

mistakes

you're doing option backspace or control

backspace and then you're more

efficiently fixing mistakes as you go

along the other really useful keyboard

shortcut which is on mac but not on

windows is command backspace to delete

an entire line

this is helpful in fewer circumstances

than being able to do to delete

individual words but that's also an

important one to know all right tip

number two for improving your typing

speed is by discovering a website called

ten fastfingers.com and

semi-regularly doing typing tests on

here i discovered this website when i

was

i think 13 years old i'm 26 now so

look basically half a lifetime ago i

discovered this website and i think at

the time my speed

when i was in like the eighth grade was

about 70 words per minute maybe 18

it was between 70 and 80 words per

minute because i was still a nerd at

that point

but you know just a few times a month

i'll just hop onto 10 fast fingers and

do some practice do one of these typing

speed tests

and just over time my typing speed has

just improved exponentially or

exponentially has improved

linearly based on just practicing the

tests so let's do one now and i'll show

you in real time then we'll speed up the

rest of it so you don't have to sit

through all of it

okay clearly i'm not gonna get above 145

in this session

i feel like it's because i'm quite hot

right now but anyway this is how 10 fast

fingers works

but yeah a few months ago a friend of

mine angus was on about

65 words per minute and then just for

you know once a week for about 10

minutes he's just been practicing on

test

on 10 fast fingers and his typing speed

now is up to round about 95. so that's

about a 50

increase by practicing 10 minutes here

and there

for the last few months so it's very

doable to get quite quick at typing when

you're doing these tests somewhat

regularly

tip number three is another website

called pbr

which is like a typing lesson type

website i don't spend a lot of time on

this personally

i mostly prefer to use 10 fast fingers

but this is quite nice it sort of

trains your typing speed based on what

your own weaknesses are

so let's switch keyboards back what it's

doing if we look over here it says

lessons key set

and it selects a few keys and current

key is e

and so i will i'll just do a little bit

of it first and i'll show you how it

works

so over there my speed was 104.2 in one

error this is my score whatever

but the point is is that it's it's

worked out

essentially it was just testing me on

e-n-i-t-r-l

now it's going to test me on s and a few

other keys um and we'll see how i do on

that

so

so you saw over here that my speed was

75 gain was -26 and so

what it's doing is it is that as i'm

typing it's figuring out which

specific letters on the keyboard i'm

struggling with

and then it's going to train me on those

more often and so

this is a little bit frustrating because

a lot of the words that it's making you

type out aren't actually

real words

and that's why i prefer 10 fast fingers

for just general practice and also

testing myself because it's actual words

and i think

10 fast fingers is based on like the 300

most common words in the english

language or something like that

so more like a real world test and

practice of typing speed

but this website kbr.com is good for

getting those little bits that are a

little bit more pesky so

i occasionally have a little dabble with

this tip four is that if we want to

improve our typing speed and

general digital productivity

productivity in front of computer

we want to move away from using the

mouse to using the keyboard for

absolutely everything

so on mac the app that i like to use for

this is alfred which is sort of a

replacement to spotlight

and so i don't even i don't even show my

dock i like never ever look at my dock

to open up apps

instead if i want to open an app i'll

use alfred command spacebar

and i'll just type in the app uh so if i

want a safari if i want spotify i'll

just go command spacebar spot

enter spotify comes up come on spacebar

bear

you know and so on so i like

i will never ever use this this

screen to select apps i will almost

never use the mouse to drag

over to the dock to click it and a that

just

makes me so much more productive when

i'm on a computer because now i can

think of doing something

and then it immediately happens with the

app uh alfred i can also search for

files and spotlight does some of this

if i want to do a google search or an

amazon search i'll just type it in so

let's see

um what's the so if i type in average

typing speed

the nice thing about alfred which

spotlight doesn't do crucially is that

whatever you type in

if it's not an app or a search term for

like a file or something

it will automatically search google for

it and so you can google things very

quickly

if i want to search for something on

amazon i will type in ama and then type

in i don't know

wheel of the time and it will automatic

it'll

it'll recognize i'm trying to search

amazon and so these day-to-day things

that i'm doing

i'm doing a lot quicker because of

alfred but alongside my own typing speed

is improving because now i'm

sort of interacting with the keyboard

for everything i'm doing on a computer

rather than using a mouse to click and

so even if i'm using any kind of new app

anytime i find myself having to use the

mouse

i think in my head okay this is

suboptimal and i will google what the

keyboard shortcuts are for that

particular app

so that i can kind of learn the keyboard

shortcuts as i go and i think switching

to this keyboard first mentality which i

did in around about

2012 2013 um that's really helped

improve my typing speed because now

we're just kind of

keyboard warrior a lot more than being a

mouse warrior tip five is as you're

improving your typing speed you

basically never ever want to look at the

keyboard

you know the whole point of touch typing

is that you are able to

type whatever you want without looking

at the keyboard

and i think it's very tempting to look

at the keyboard initially but

like even if you're really slow i think

the way to train the muscle is by

going slower but not looking at the

keyboard unless for example you make a

mistake and you really have to

because what we're training is when

we're not really training our ability to

see where the keys are and hit them

we're training our ability to not see

where the keys are and hit them and so

like in the past when my typing speed

was slower i used to give myself the

ability to look at the keyboard when i

needed to but now i kind of force myself

now i'm not allowed to look at the

keyboard

and i will always try and kind of

correct mistakes even without looking at

the keyboard

because correcting mistakes is an

important part of improving our own

typing speed all right tip number six is

that we always want to be returning our

fingers to the resting position of asdf

jkl semicolon and this is very easy to

do because on most key

basically all keyboards the f and the j

keys are going to have these little bits

on them and so

your index fingers of the left and right

hand can always return

to this position and i think this is

just a this generally it's kind of like

when you're playing a piano you want to

return to the rest position like this is

the rest position and it's it's

it's easy enough to get here by feeling

for these little indentations on the f

and the j key from wherever you are on

the keyboard tip number seven is a

little bit weird and that is

try to make noise so i'm not sure how

legit this is

advice is in terms of like a

professional typist but to be honest

i've always found that when i'm typing

loudly

i tend to type faster and if it's like a

quiet room or a lecture or something

and i'm trying not to make noise then i

end up typing a lot slower

and i don't know if this has something

to do with the noise but i think just

the mentality of

you know i'm typing as as loudly as i

can in a way

i don't know at least for me it helps me

get into the mindset of sort of like

typing typing harder it's it ends up

being a lot louder on a mechanical

keyboard like this but even on a

on a sort of less loud keyboard i tend

to hit the keys with quite a lot of

force

possibly i'm being a bit inefficient

because in theory any excess force is

wasted for us

but i find that

yeah when i'm trying to be loud i just

my typing speed just gets better so

maybe that's another tip that you guys

can experiment with

and finally we always want to be

treating improving our typing speed

kind of like a game and we always want

to be improving like for me

i know the next stage of my improvement

as a typist

because i'm trying to hit 200 i think

200 words per minute would be a good a

good thing to aim for

i think the next stage for me is to use

my uh left pinky more often

because with the asdf method what you're

supposed to do is you're supposed to use

your pinky to hit the a key the q key

the one

two and shift but really the only thing

i use my pinky for is to hit the shift

key and i will use my left ring finger

for hitting you know q a z one two

um so yeah

and basically i reserve my pinky just

for shift

and that's probably some optimal like

people say you should use a pinky more

often so i'm

you know even even though my typing

speed is quite high sort of

130s to 140s in this session 150s on a

good day

i'm still trying to improve and i kind

of treat it as a bit of a game and i

think that's one of the most important

things

like it's a skill that can be improved

and

my life has you know significantly

improved since

i developed the ability to type fast and

so yeah i would just encourage you to

trick it like a game treat it like a

constant thingy of improvement and then

youtube will type like a productivity

grease monkey and finally tip number

nine a little bonus tip for you guys is

that well

why are we trying to type faster usually

because well i mean apart from trying to

attract a spouse

we're typing faster because we want to

be more productive but as i said at the

start of the video

being more productive isn't just about

how fast you can kind of like

bash the keys on a keyboard it's also

about a load of other things

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