What QWERTY keyboards do you tolerate in your life?

by Daniel Batten on February 23, 2010

Have you noticed that the keyboard was designed to slow down typing?

In the age of the typewriter, designers cunningly designed the qwerty keyboard so that most of the typing was done by the weaker fingers, and most of the typing was done on the left hand. Why? So that the keys wouldn’t jam together through typing too fast.

It was the right solution at the time, but now it actively slows us down and makes people less effieicnt the planet over.

What QWERTY keyboards might you have welcomed into your life?

I pondered on this and thought of 5.

1. SMART goal setting (great at the time, now there are far better methods to realise a dream)

2. Power-handshakes (effective at the time or domination-based-business, but a real turnoff in the age of win-win based business)

3. Body language books (fascinating when people were completely out of touch with their bodies; now simply a recipe to paint over some peeling paint, rather than get your body to authentically change from the inside to reflect genuine confidence

4. Seminars where notetaking is the predominant feature (great at the time, now a great way to ensure you get little recall because the mind is not enthused and the body is not engaged. And the result is not self-development but shelf-development)

5. CVs (good at the time in the pre-Internet age. Now a defunct and superficial document that conveys close to nothing about candidates and turns you into a cut-out, not a stand-out.

The good news is that unlike the actual QWERTY keyboard that would be extremely difficult to replace globally – the QWERTY keyboards in your own life you can remove immediately. All you have to do is make a decision. Actually, there are two decisions. First, decide what you will do instead. Second, decide to remove your old keyboard.

For example you might decide instead to

  1. Learn about the 5 levels of manifestation (SMART is second from the bottom) or take a course in goal-setting which embraces the imagination and the necessity for fun.
  2. Shake hands firmly but not aggresively while you look the person in the eye with a smile, remembering to breath and feeling that the other person is your brother or sister.
  3. Learn techniques (NLP, meditation, breathing, yoga, visualisation, take your pick!) that make you feel confident and free on the inside, so that your body-language spontaneously changes to reflect your new level of confidence
  4. Only go to seminars that use experiential learning techniques (As John Holt said “We learn to do by doing, there is no other way”). Or you could make the commitment that you are never going to read anything or hear anything that you nod your head in agreement to, but then fail to apply in your life.
  5. Learn about authentic ways to convey your job history plus your real self that give you an unfair advantage over all other job candidates.

Whatever you do, feel great about it. Don’t blame the QWERTY keyboard. Remember it was right at the time. So feel grateful that it was there, then let it go. Also know that just like learning to touch-type, it is initially slower than 2-finger typing. However, once you adjust, you will go faster than you imagined possible and you will never look back. Just like a child who learns to walk will never feel compelled to crawl again.

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