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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!

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      [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 February 19, 2019

      How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

      How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

      The cycle of bad habits is what keeps us living small and stops us from reaching our true potential. Breaking a bad habit isn’t as hard as it seems; despite being a CEO of a company and raising two children, I still managed to break 3 bad habits I had within 2 months. Yes, that’s quitting one habit in less than 21 days.

      I took steps to eliminate them one at a time. Habits such as drinking Coke every day, slouching when sitting and not having a consistent exercise routine.

      So how did I break these habits? I used the Control Alternate Delete Method (Ctrl Alt Del).

      What is this method and why is it so effective? Read on to find out how to break bad habits with this unique method.

      How to break bad habits with the Control Alternate Delete Method

        We all notice on some level what our bad habits are. A lot of the time we choose to ignore the negative ways these impact us.

        For me, I was sitting most of the day in front of my computer at work in a slouching position. I drank Coke every single day in an attempt to stay awake. I put off any kind of exercise regime because I felt that it was better to just relax and have fun after a whole day of work. As a result, I was leading a really unhealthy lifestyle suffering from weight gain and back pain.

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        I needed to make a change.

        I started to read books about building habits such as The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan, and The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. After reading all these books, I’ve come up with my own method to quit bad habits — The Ctrl Alt Del Method.

        I started by focusing on just one bad habit, the first one being the sheer amount of Coke I was consuming each day.

        Every day I applied the Ctrl Alt Del Method and after two weeks, not only did I stop drinking Coke every day (I only drank one can in 2 weeks), but I started the better habit of drinking 8 glasses of water every day instead.

        After eliminating one bad habit, I moved on to the other two with this same method and a month later I was:

        • Hitting the gym twice a week.
        • Improving my sitting posture, not only at the office but also at home and everywhere else, improving my back pain.
        • Gaining core muscle which improved my back pain as well.
        • Losing fat around my waist which went from 36″ (considered obese level) to 32″ (normal level).

        If I can improve my life using this method, then so can you. Using this structure to eliminate your bad habits will increase your success and replace your bad habits with more positive ones.

        Control: Master your desire

          Identify your triggers

          Bad habits such as drinking alcohol, smoking and snacking too much trigger the release of dopamine, a feel-good chemical in the brain.[1] Although you might not like the end result, they give you a positive outcome in the moment. This is pure psychology.

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          It’s important to identify what is triggering you to continually act out your bad habit. This isn’t always an easy step because our habits have been built up over a long period of time.

          If you need help in identifying your triggers, here’s a list of common bad habits and their triggers: 13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

          Self-reflect

          To help you work out your triggers, do a bit of self-reflection. Ask yourself questions such as:

          • What comfort are you getting from this habit?
          • Why do you need comfort?

          For example, I chose to drink coke because it tasted good and it made me feel good when I was stressed. I slouched only when I sat for too long working on my desk and started to feel tired. I skipped exercises because every day after work I felt I already did enough works and didn’t want to work out.

          If you choose to eat fast food every night, you’re probably telling yourself you’re too busy to cook. But ask yourself why? What are your priorities?

          Maybe you have a lack of self-worth that means you don’t have the self-love to want to look after your health. Perhaps it’s a sign you’re not making enough time for important routines like shopping and creating a healthy meal yourself. Maybe you’ve always had a belief that you’re a bad cook.

          Write a diary

          Write down your thoughts and feelings around this bad habit. Writing things down forces the brain to think harder.[2] This helps you to find the source to your stress or limiting negative beliefs.

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          Alternate: Find a replacement

            Find a positive alternative habit

            Once you think you’ve discovered your trigger, try to find a similar but healthy option. This is where I replaced Coke with lemon water; slouching with simply taking a walk and stretching my back every hour; and chilling at home after work with workout exercises that I actually found fun.

            You could decide to walk to the office instead of driving or getting off the bus earlier to walk. You could switch to a healthier breakfast cereal instead of grabbing a sugary snack when you head out of the door.

            By doing this, you aren’t getting rid of the act altogether like you would if you completely gave something up with nothing to fill that void. This helps your brain accept the improved habit more.

            Create a defence plan

            Everyone has moments of weakness and that want to revert back to the bad habit will rear its ugly head. This is where a plan can help counteract these moments.

            Think of things you can do when the temptations come. For example, if you want to check your phone less, ask your friend or partner to keep it for you or switch it off and read a book. If you’re a starter for an exercise routine, like me, get someone to do it with you to keep you accountable.

            Decide on something you will do once you feel triggered to go back to your old habit. Repeating these positive alternative habits consistently will help wire your brain to see them as your normal new habit over time.

            Delete: Remove temptations

              Remove stuff that reminds you of the bad habit

              Getting rid of anything that reminds you of your bad habit is essential. For example, I got rid of coke in my office and at home and replaced my usual office chair with an exercise ball. It makes it much easier to stop slipping back in a weak moment.

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              Avoid all kinds of temptations

              In the same vein, avoid places or people that you know will tempt you back into that bad habit. Don’t go to the supermarket on an empty stomach to avoid the temptation to buy trashy snacks, don’t drive past that fast food joint but find an alternative route instead, say no more often to the friend you know will get you drunk again this weekend.

              It’s all about not putting yourself in the situation where you’re in danger of relapsing.

              Conclusion

              The Control Alternate Delete Method uses the right steps you need to overcome your need to indulge in your bad habits. Working with your core psychology, emotions and feelings behind your actions is what makes this method effective and easy to apply to all bad habits you have.

              Bad habits are easy to form and making changes can seem difficult but remember that it’s all about consistency and repetition.

              Start using the Control Alternate Delete Method today and you can stop a bad habit permanently.

              What bad habit do you want to put a stop to once and for all? You must set aside time and pick one bad habit to focus on. Start using the steps to increase and maintain more positivity in your life moving forward.

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