About two years ago I started at a new job at CoScale.com, a start-up for monitoring with a focus on containers. At my previous job I was a programmer which meant most of my typing was programming related. At CoScale the focus was different. I was writing e-mails to customers, tutorials and documentation.
A month in, I started to notice pain in my fingers, mostly because of the increased volume of typing. I had never bothered to type with 10 fingers in school, no matter how much my teacher tried to stress the importance. I felt that I didn't type slower compared to my friends, and in a contest against my teacher I proved that I could even beat him by only using four of my fingers. But I was starting to regret that decision. So I set out to learn how to type with ten fingers.
I found a website called Typing.com and I started out with their tutorials. The first thing I did was take a typing test with my old method of typing, and I would take a new test every couple of weeks to see my progress. You can see the progress in the graph below.
It took me 2 months to make the switch from 4 fingers to 10. And another 4 months to go from barely 25 WPM (words per minute) to 79 WPM, an improvement compared to my four finger typing. Best of all the pain in my hands was gone. I still have a long way to go, programming is difficult for example, but it was definitly worth my time. If you're thinking about taking the step to 10 finger typing, check out Typing.com, as it's never too late to learn something new. It's just a pain in the butt.