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Switching to Dvorak, Part 2

Posted at age 29.
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After a few months mostly typing in QWERTY due to a compromise to get some programming done faster, I am recommitted to forcing myself to use Dvorak. I picked it back up quickly. In fact, right off the bat I was possibly faster than when I left off. Strange. This entry will continue documenting my progress.

2017-07-29

  • Level 1: 5 mins, 85%
  • Level 1: 4 mins
  • Level 2: 7 mins, 90%
  • Level 2: 7 mins, 89%
  • Level 3: 9 mins, 87%
  • Level 3: 8 mins
  • Level 4: 9 mins, 87%
  • Level 4: 8 mins, 87%
  • Level 5: 8 mins, 89%

2017-07-30

  • Level 5: 12 mins, 80%
  • Level 5: 9 mins, 85%

Your score: 101 CPM (that is 20 WPM)

Your score: 123 CPM (that is 25 WPM)

Your score: 130 CPM (that is 26 WPM)

2017-07-31

  • Level 5: 9 mins (tried to slow for accuracy)
  • Level 5: 8 mins

Did TypingCat lessons to practice bottom row and numbers.

Your score: 159 CPM (that is 32 WPM)

Your score: 138 CPM (that is 28 WPM)

Your score: 127 CPM (that is 25 WPM)

Your score: 133 CPM (that is 27 WPM)

Your score: 154 CPM (that is 31 WPM)

2017-08-01

  • Level 5: 8 mins 90%

2017-08-02

  • Level 5: 8 mins 88%
  • Level 5: 7 mins

I am trying to force myself to go slower, for I fear I already am experiencing the effects of muscle memory mistakes. I have been consistently screwing up certain letters, though they are somewhat different than before. Previously I wrote:

I am most often getting bogged down by the letters F, Y, G, J and K, and I also screw up S much of the time even though I know it pretty well.

I still have trouble with F and J. The others I usually get, but I can feel the pull in the wrong direction. Apparently new is my difficulty with D, many times I switch U and I, and I struggle with W, V and Q. I think I am also better with punctuation than before.

Overall I am typing just barely fast enough to get my thoughts out before I get too frustrated while I am working alone. When I am trying to look something up for someone or typing in front of them, my brain seems to nearly forget everything. So it will probably be a while before I can type confidently in front of a potential employer or at work. Hopefully I get enough practice in now while I still can!

2017-08-06

  • Level 5: 7 mins, 90%
  • Level 5: 7 mins
  • Level 5: 7 mins, 89%

2017-08-08

  • Level 5: 7 mins, 88%
  • Level 5: 7 mins, 87%
  • Level 5: 7 mins, 88%
  • Level 5: 7 mins, 87%

Your score: 157 CPM (that is 31 WPM)
Your score: 148 CPM (that is 30 WPM)
Your score: 144 CPM (that is 29 WPM)
Your score: 146 CPM (that is 29 WPM)
Your score: 160 CPM (that is 32 WPM)
Your score: 170 CPM (that is 34 WPM)
Your score: 155 CPM (that is 31 WPM)

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