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How Not Using Keyboard Shortcuts Makes You Lose 64 Hours Every Year

How Not Using Keyboard Shortcuts Makes You Lose 64 Hours Every Year

If you work an office job, chances are you spend all day using a computer. You know how tedious it is: type, type, click, type more…

But, what if you could save time by only typing and not clicking? In fact, by clicking with a mouse instead of using a keyboard shortcut for the same function, you lose 2 second for every minute you spend hunched over a computer.[1]

Assuming you work 8 hours a day, roughly 240 days a year, you waste up to 64 hours a year if you don’t use any keyboard shortcuts. Here’s how the figure is calculated:

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(2 wasted seconds / min) x (480 min / workday) x (240 workdays / year) = 64 wasted hours / year

So, taking some time to memorize some of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts is totally worth it!

When you use keyboard shortcuts, you save the time you spend on looking for the cursor and placing it to the right position.

Let’s say you want to open a new tab and look up some keyboard shortcuts on Google.

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You find your mouse, move the cursor to the tiny ‘+’ button and click on it, do the same for the ‘Google’ button (if you even have one on your browser…), then move your hand back on to your keyboard to type ‘keyboard shortcuts’. Alternatively, you can press ‘cmd’ + ‘T’ on your keyboard and start typing right away.

Now do you see the difference?

Not learning the keyboard shortcuts for the functions you use frequently means literally letting time slip through your fingers, harming your productivity. And if this isn’t a big enough motivation to start using keyboard shortcuts, know that using a mouse is actually bad for you.

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And if you use the mouse extensively, the chance of wrists problems is increased.

Science tells us that clicking with a mouse all day may cause inflammation of the tendons in your wrist.[2]

Which is to say, not only does using a mouse instead of the keyboard make you lose time, but also gives you much more trouble than you think.

So, how to kickstart using keyboard shortcuts? We’ve got the essentials for you!

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Save this article so you don’t forget these killer shortcuts to save you 64 hours this year.

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      You should find yourself using most, if not all, of the above keyboard shortcuts every day. But these are just some basic ones, so feel free to explore more of them and stop wasting any more time on your mouse!

      Reference

      [1] Brainscape: How Keyboard Shortcuts Could Revive America’s Economy
      [2] HubPages: The Advantages to Use the Keyboard Shortcuts) Also, you may be at a higher risk of having ‘repetitive strain injury’, a painful condition, compared to someone who uses the mouse less and the keyboard more.((Shortcut Keys: 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Keyboard Shortcuts

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      Last Updated on March 23, 2021

      Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

      Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

      One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

      The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

      You need more than time management. You need energy management

      1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

      How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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      I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

      I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

      2. Determine your “peak hours”

      Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

      Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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      My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

      In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

      Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

      3. Block those high-energy hours

      Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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      Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

      If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

      That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

      There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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      Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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