Video Tutorials on Typing Comfortably

Below you will see several videos to help people type and use a mouse comfortably.  If you want to use these videos to change your movements at the computer, here are some tips for you.

Start by watching all the videos to get an overview.  Then, begin working more closely with the mouse video (if you use a mouse), and then proceed slowly through parts 1, 2, and 3.  Stop the video to try everything you see demonstrated.  Once you are reasonably sure you are doing it, then start every typing session with 1 or 2 minutes of practice on that element.  When that element is around 75 or 80% consistent, move on to the next element, and teach yourself that element in the same way.  You will probably have to remind yourself how to execute movements you learned previously.  That is normal.  If you keep up your short practice sessions, the new and better movements will gradually become more conscious and automatic.

Take the time, over time, to visit all the elements of alignment, interface, and movement, because they all work together.  It is clear from the number of views of each of these videos that people are not as interested in Part 2 as in Part 1 or 3.  The wise among you will work with Part 2 in addition to the others!

Changing habits requires a combination of awareness of what you are doing, and coaching of what you want to do.  1 or 2 minutes of practice at the beginning of every typing session will help you develop both.  Awareness can be difficult, because even habits that cause you discomfort probably only feel like typing when you’re concentrating on content.  But being persistent with that 1 or 2 minutes at the beginning of typing sessions will help you develop awareness.  Similarly, you will become increasingly able to direct your body with specificity as you consistently continue those short practices.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that your best movements for typing will feel easy and lively in a playful way.  The only hard part is not doing the unwanted movement.  Remembering that doesn’t remove your habit, but it should give you clear insight about whether you are going in a good direction.