This one skill may seem kind of obvious, and it seems pretty silly to write a blog post about it but it seems to be often overlooked!
Over the past couple weeks I have been teaching young professionals business and technical skills. The topics range the gamut from writing a professional email to learning some of the tricky nuances of excel.
Yet one thing is presenting itself -- my young professionals are not the quickest typists! I think there is a misnomer that many have is that millennials are constantly using technology and because of this they should have the quickest fingers out of all the generations.
As I was typing an email -- one of my students asked how I could type so quickly -- I joked that I learned how to type when most online games required me to talk to my friends with a keyboard -- usually one handed because I was using the mouse to shoot bad guys, and if I was a slow typist I would end up losing my games.
I then challenged my cohort to take a typing speed test. No one was able to beat my speed, which was barely hitting 80 words per minute. I also challenged them to keep taking the test every couple days and push themselves to get faster, and in turn they would be able to get more of their work done every day.
This got me thinking -- much like everything you get better by actively pushing your limits, and yet most of them have not taken a typing class or a speed test.
The average person types at around 40 words per minute.
Self-help books advertise that they can save you hours every week on mundane tasks, the same could be said by shaving the time it takes to write emails, project reports, status reports and everything in your backlog by 50%.
All you have to do is challenge yourself to learn to type a little quicker.