When you learn to ride a bike, you start with training wheels. Over time, you learn to ride without the training wheels, so you take them off.
If you really want to be a good typist, you ultimately need to get rid of your training wheels – the backspace key. Sounds absurd, right? Try it. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can become a better typist. At home I have a special keyboard driver which allows me to change it. I mapped my backspace to ‘x’. But I don’t have that ability here at work…. I’ll have to figure it out somehow.
There is a secondary effect as well. I find that by not having a backspace option, I think more about what I write before I write it. I can’t tell if I’ll be a better author or code writer without the backspace key, but you’ll know I’m more deliberate.
I know, you think I’m crazy. Try it!