Typing Faster Can Help Boost Your Productivity

Mindfulness boosts your productivity. The once-lauded “multitasking” has fallen out of favor as its usefulness in overall productivity has been debunked by studies time and time again. Multitasking actually risks depleting your energy and the focus necessary to complete a project successfully. No matter how badly we want to believe we can simultaneously write an email, talk on the phone with a client, and watch the funny cat video a friend sent, it doesn’t work.

According to the American Psychological Association, multitasking entails a lot of risks and costs for the multitasker. Not only does it impede our overall productivity, it has a negative impact on each task we engage with. For example, it raises the risk of making more mistakes.

Your brain can afford to engage in light multitasking quite easily, but when it comes to demanding and complicated cognitive tasks, the brain just loses it after a certain point. By practicing mindfulness, by contrast, you increase your ability to focus and you decrease your susceptibility to give in to the temptations multitasking presents.

With an advanced ability to leverage your focus and attention, you instantly energize yourself to do well in a stressful or demanding environment. Mindfulness gives you a productivity boost. When you’re mindful, multitasking won’t affect your ability to concentrate, because you practice self-control and carry on with the task you’re engaged in, no matter what.

But what does typing have to do with mindfulness and productivity, you might ask?

Well, typing fast(er) brings you into a high-paced cognitive mode that makes you more focused. When you are focused, it’s harder for you to come out of your productivity mode when you’re using accelerated typing techniques, and less likely to think about looking at your inbox or switching to a less demanding task.

Touch typing requires attention and increased focus to be done correctly. What’s more important, touch typing can be both a practice and an end in itself.

Touch typing will help you improve your mindfulness. Next type you touch type, make an effort to stick to it for at least 5 minutes. Don’t stop to think, don’t stop to correct anything. Keep the words coming and you will notice that soon your productivity will soar. Undivided attention can do wonders for your efficiency. Don’t underestimate its power.


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Tracking Personal Goals In Today’s Era

How do you keep track of the time and efforts you put into achieving your goals? Do you keep a journal to note important tasks and milestones, or do you have a more relaxed attitude?

Most people focus on setting goals and make sure to start out by listing the nitty-gritty details required to achieve them, but only a few people spend the time to understand, much less follow, the essential goal-tracking process. Goal tracking is as important as the effort you put in achieving your goals. Without goal tracking, there’s no way of knowing how far you’ve come, what issues are begging for more time and effort, and what sub-goals have already been achieved. Here’s why it’s time well spent to track your goals, and some easy ways to do it.

Accountability on Social Media

Use social media or apps like Stride and Lift to track your daily, weekly, or monthly milestone achievements.

By having to account for your success (or lack of success) to others, you’ll activate a sense of urgency inside yourself which motivates you to stay focused and save face by remaining committed to your goals.

Goal accountability allows you to stay on track, preserves your enthusiasm, and gives you a clear purpose in how to fine-tune your efforts in achieving even more.

Visual Reminders

A great way to track a goal-achieving progress is to visualize it. Have a print or digital calendar on which you tick off each day in which you work on a specific goal. The more consecutive days are ticked off, the more encouraged you are to stick to your goal so as to not break the chain. This “chain of days” habit is allegedly attributed to comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who is said to have developed it as a motivation technique for achieving goals and sticking to good habits.

Keep a Journal

You can start a blog to use to record your struggles and small victories on the way to achieving your life’s goals. If you don’t like the idea of a public journal you can always keep it personal. Have a file or page where you spend a few minutes each week and at the end of the month to review your progress and adjust your strategy.

Since it’s only you against yourself, make sure you don’t overlook mistakes or failures. Honesty is essential. This is about achieving your goals, and if you turn a blind eye to your errors, you will not see any progress.

For instance, if your goal is to increase your typing speed and accuracy, make sure you frequently test your words-per-minute rate. Create a chart to see how each week’s practice gets you a step closer to achieving your ultimate word per minute record, and you’ll keep your motivation high, ensuring that you put the effort in that you need to succeed at this or any other goal.

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13 Epic Tattoo Spelling Failures (PHOTOS)

Deciding to put a tattoo in your body requires a careful design as to avoid creating misspelled tattoos.

Better look at this epic tattoo failures that will forever be in the owner’s skin!

Really Cool for a S-C-H-O-O-L!

Success and Process – LACK OF SPACE

The TRAGEDY of Getting This Tattoo

No REGRETS After Having It

KNOWLEDGE Power

Totally AWESOME!

YOLO = You Only LIVE Once

Looking at an ANGLE

Yes, Regret NOTHING!

Happens When You Get A Misspelled Tattoo – ERASE

Make A DECISION Now!

Then Or Than?

EXTREME Misspelling Selfie Tattoo!

 


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Cross-posted on the Ultimate Spelling blog.

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Schools Are Now Adapting To Technology For Learning

Technology is taking over a school near you! Well, not exactly, but slowly but surely, steps are already being taken around the world and education is undergoing a massive shift. Textbooks and whiteboards and the occasional DVD-based class are now making way for tablets, digital content, and 3D printers.

While the message remains the same, technology is changing the medium. Students don’t go browse for a book on the shelves in the library, they do so with a search through their library’s app. From the cloud-based Chromebooks by Google to Amazon’s e-reader Kindle, for the average student learning is more and more tech-driven.

While there’s still a long way to go before every 2nd grade student has their own tablet or laptop to work with in class, the change is underway. The tech-based educational model is not a distant possibility any longer, and what was once science fiction is becoming daily reality. And here’s why that’s a good thing:

Efficient Research

The web offers students access to academic databases and the Internet itself, making the research process easier and more efficient than ever before.

Collaboration

Students can now interact and collaborate through Personal Learning Networks, dedicated forums, and other online school communities to share their thoughts, pose questions to teachers and each other, and work together.

Project-based learning seems to have found its ideal mate in modern technology. Students can continue collaboration after school hours, emphasizing the importance of working together, something that helps students in their education and prepares them for a team-driven workforce.

Independent Learning

With fundamental computer and Internet literacy, students as young as 8 and 9 years old can study independently and at their own pace.

A student can go back to what a teacher said by re-watching a class or lecture. Asking questions via Twitter, creating a blog post for what they’ve learned, or linking to sites that show how that knowledge complements and provides solutions to other issues are but a few more ways technology facilitates education.

Active Learning

Interactive games, instant communication, access to class notes and other media content – everything is more easily and quickly available to students these days through technology.

Students that miss school can join the rest of the class through an online video conference and even participate with questions.

Technology has transformed, and will continue to transform, education. There’s immense potential in new ways to make learning more efficient and successful for the younger generation, and these well-educated students will become the innovators of the future.

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7 Cool And Outstanding Designs For Keyboard (PHOTOS)

Keyboards have replaced the typewriters in today’s era. Compared to its predecessor, keyboards are more convenient to users. The keyboard has also been dotted as the most versatile device used to directly input information into computers or tablets. Due to its versatility, artists create different versions and designs of keyboard that would be suitable to different people.

Here are the top 7 Designs for Keyboards:

1)      Batrider Keyboard for Dota Players

2)      Ancient Design

3)      Born in the ‘70s

4)      Alchemy Lovers

5)      A Little Chemistry For A Keyboard

6)      Word Game: Scrabble Keyboard

7)      Keyboard Goes MINI

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7 Stupid Typos On The Road Signs (PHOTOS)

1. Watch Out For That Lane


2. No VIOLATORS Here

3. Better Keep It CLEAR

4. Please, Don’t TOLERATE!

5. This Is Only TEMPORARY

6. What BUSINESS?

7. BUY For Goodbyes

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The Top 10 Internet Trends of 2013 (Guest Post)

NetLingo announces the The Top 10 Internet Trends of 2013 – view full article here:

http://netlingo.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-top-10-internet-trends-of-2013.html

Everyone’s talking tech again and NetLingo continues to track the most popular online trends.

Shocking, innovative, and definitely a sign of the times, here are the The Top 10 Internet Trends of 2013.

1) Big Data

2) Frape

Frape me master

3) Hashtag

4) Influencer

5) Listicle

6) Revenge Porn

7) Selfie

8) TBT & MCM & WCW

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9) Twerk

10) 3-D printers

The Top 10 Internet Trends of 2013 is compiled by Erin Jansen, founder of NetLingo.com and author of “NetLingo: The Internet Dictionary” and “NetLingo: The List – A Guide to Text & Chat Acronyms.” Get the new book on Amazon.com!

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5 New Educational Trends to Beat Old School Techniques

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Technology has always changed education, and the increased pace of technological development means that change is almost inevitable. Mobile apps and tablets are now being integrated into the learning process both inside and outside the classroom, and stubbornly sticking to old school techniques means losing sight of the many benefits technology-assisted education can provide.

Blended Learning

Blended learning has its fair share of both advocates and opponents. This type of mixed learning infuses the old with the new.

Traditional class tasks and assignments get an interactive, connected character by integrating state-of-the-art props like social media usage, online forums, and internet research into pencil-and-paper classwork.

Blended learning emphasizes the significance of the web as a facilitator of learning, where every valuable body of knowledge, support, and resources is available to students to promote their learning.

Collaborative Learning

Collaboration has always been a favored strategy in learning, and with the omnipresence of technology, it is now easier than ever to establish collaborative learning models, especially in after-school hours.

Teachers use collaborative learning models to reach out to the talent already in their classrooms, tapping into their students’ ideas and creativity. Collaboration moves the teacher away from the front of the classroom and lets them join the students in a creative circle, where each student can get into the spotlight. The teacher is regarded as a facilitator of learning in this educational trend, one which is expected to be very popular in 2014.

In this model, an added dimension is offered by the web and associated media, something that makes collaboration possible both during and outside of school hours, because communication is efficient and always available.

Tech-Powered Advantages

Instant communication between students and teachers, and between students in working groups, is made easier with technology. Between the internet, tablets, and cell phones, there are always ways to ensure smooth project completion and enriched collaboration for shared projects.

Today, students also have the advantage of using media-creating tools to complete school projects to get the most out of their learning. This teaches both creativity in design and development and the computer skills that are so necessary to the 21st century world.

Information sharing and interaction is what nurtures new relationships between students and teachers. Technology levels the playing field, allowing a student and a teacher to form a relationship that doesn’t discriminate against rank but sees both as equally contributing to the dissemination of knowledge.

From social media use in classrooms to skill-improvement software that teaches students keyboarding and spelling, technology aids promote learning in a variety of areas.

Personal Learning Network

This trend touches upon the tech-driven teaching approach and it’s essentially the idea of fruitful interactions between a learner and the knowledgeable group of people they are expecting to learn from.

The winning point of this educational trend is that it is learning-driven. While the use of social media and technological equipment can distract learners from learning, PLN’s are created with the sole purpose of knowledge sharing, so there’s no distraction or side-tracking.

Performance-Based Learning

Many educators and researchers believe this is the ideal learning model. It focuses on active use of knowledge, following the theory that no knowledge can be truly mastered until it is actively applied by the learner.

This trend calls for significant focus on critical evaluation of knowledge and its application in ways that illustrate the learner’s mastery of that knowledge. Performance-based learning helps the learner link a new skill or knowledge to a specific purpose.

Using any of these new trends in education, the teacher can learn as much as the student, because teaching often becomes bi-directional. As many of these trends are new, a lot of study and testing is expected to take place until the perfect balance between tech-based and conventional teaching methods is found.

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Making Sense of Touch Typing Techniques is Easy With Sense-Lang.org

If you’re looking for a free typing test, easy techniques to learn keyboarding skills, or just a few fun typing games to help keep your fingers nimble, then you’ll want to visit the website Sense-Lang.org. Anyone can join in the fun, and the competitions sponsored by the website open up typing challenges to schools and students around the world. We asked the development team at Sense-Lang.org to describe the competitions and to talk about some of their favorite games.

UT: On February 10, 2014, your next typing challenge starts. How can people get signed up to participate in the Typing Race?

SL: The competition is intended for classes. We’ve provided teachers with a virtual school environment. This environment allows to create classes, manage students, generate assignments, lessons and tests and view their progress. Our concept is that games can efficiently motivate the learning process and the teachers feedback support it.

The “Typing Race” is an excellent example for a game which inspire students to practice. Therefore, we’ve created the World Typing Championship for Classes. Teachers can register classes in the competition from their dashboard and enjoy cool statistics to share at the class/student level.

UT: The games you provide let people practice a wide range of keyboarding skills, from letter placement to whole-word typing and even sentence construction. Teens and adults will have a lot of fun with them, but there’s no game on the site right now for younger kids. Since children as young as three years old are learning to use computers these days, will you be developing games that are designed for the 3-to-6-year-old age group?

SL: Although we’re constantly looking for new ideas, markets and visions, the goal of the website is to share the touch typing technique with the world and the main focus is aimed for school ages. Sense-lang already targeted senior audience (Skillfulsenior.com) and it is very likely that pre-school ages will be approached as well at some point.

UT: Users can select tutorials based on the common QWERTY keyboard layout or the less-common but still popular Dvorak layout. What is the Colemak keyboard, which is also an available option?

SL: Indeed, Colemak is less common than QWERTY and DVORAK. The Colemak structure is relatively similar to QWERTY but offers convenient capabilities such as a heavier use of home (middle) row and minimized finger path distance.

UT: How can a teacher use the Sense-Lang.org website in their classroom?

SL: Sometimes, one link is better than thousand words. Our manual contains all the available features and characteristics of the virtual school environment – click here to find out more: http://www.sense-lang.org/teachers/instruction.pdf

UT: Although more and more people are using social media, it’s still often hard for older people who never learned to type to make the most of the internet. What suggestions do you have for people who aren’t comfortable using a computer, much less the keyboard?

SL: As mentioned previously, Skillfulsenior.com (one of our brands) offers to teach computers basics for seniors or inexperienced users. Our brand – PieceOfCake – contains a large variety of educational websites: poenglishcake.com (learning English), spanishuno.com (learning Spanish), pomindcake.com (mind challenges) are currently on line, and more are still to come.

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Typing: A Life Skill Children Need to Know

Today’s children are growing up knowing how to use keyboards-based devices to play and interact from an early age. Whether on their own tablet or smartphone or one a parent handed to them to keep them distracted and entertained, children no older than 2 or 3 years old are already engaging with touchscreen and physical keyboards. But just because their exposure to touch typing keyboards happens early, that doesn’t mean they’ll end up developing an efficient typing technique. There’s still a need for formal touch typing training for school-age children. Touch typing is neither time-consuming nor difficult to master, especially for children, who pick up new skills easily. The key to successfully teaching children to touch type is to offer them early and age-appropriate touch typing practice and guidance.

Make learning to touch type fun by taking advantage of the wide variety of games and activities that introduce touch typing to young children. Approaching touch typing through play increases a child’s willingness to engage with learning and makes them eager to come back for more lessons. Games and apps give young students a sense for touch typing within a context that’s friendly, informal and entertaining. Letting kids associate touch typing with fun and play builds the basis for introducing more learning-focused touch typing activities in their practice later on, when they have better motor skills and a longer attention span.

Take advantage of the fact that the child hasn’t yet developed their own hunt-and-peck touch typing habit and use this opportunity to introduce solid and efficient typing habits. First, take enough time to introduce the keyboard to the child. During the familiarization process you can introduce basic rules of ergonomics, regarding the ideal sitting position and wrist placement, monitor distance and height, as well as more to-the-point rules with regard to finger placement on the Home Row keys.

One basic element of successful touch typing for young learners is to reward progress and let the child know that touch typing is a skill that involves a lot of trial and error to get it right. Children are often disappointed by their initial lack of typing accuracy, resulting in them being no longer interested in learning to touch type. You can avoid this by motivating them through rewards and affirmative talk. This is essential for keeping them inspired to practice until they become good at it.

Even if you choose the best touch typing software out there, it’s still important that you allow ample time for breaks. Each typing training session should last no more than 20 minutes. After 20 minutes of practice, the child will most likely lose interest and get easily distracted. Rather than practicing 20 or 30 minutes straight, split the practice into three sessions and in between each session introduce “brain breaks” – a little dance to a song, walking outside for 3 minutes, anything to relax them and help their mind refocus.

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