If writing is not your favorite activity or it gets in the way of other tasks, using a third party for your transcription services is the way to go. A professional transcriptionist is able to maintain incredible accuracy and linguistic mastery by developing self-discipline and having attention to detail. However, if you decide you want to improve your own writing speed, here are three tips to remember.
1. Practice Typing Faster
Many people cannot type fast because they don’t take the time to practice with proper hand placement. They may have learned to type with one finger at a time or were not taught the basics by an instructor.
You can learn to type over 40 words per minute just by testing yourself with challenging tasks and keeping your fingers placed on specific keys.
The faster you type, the more productive your writing will be. There’s a big difference between writing one brief article a day and several comprehensive articles per day. If your goal is to be a professional writer, researcher or someone who just wants to save money, increasing your typing speed is an essential goal for success.
2. Time Your Typing
By using a countdown timer you can track how many words per minute you type. There are several free online timers that are easy to use. A countdown timer creates the feel of a sporting event, which makes practice more fun and exciting. It’s a useful tool for tracking words per minute and beating your best performance. Try using a timer for both short and long projects to get a feel for a typing speed that is both comfortable and accurate.
Accuracy is always more important than speed, but if you cannot learn to meet deadlines, it may be time to turn for professional help. A firm offering professional transcription services makes it part of their reputation to produce error-free documents within a short turnaround time.
3. Write Within Fixed Time Limits
One of the best ways to speed up your typing and accelerate your writing is to set deadlines for practice sessions or actual tasks. It helps to set a schedule for when you have time to devote complete attention to writing, whether it involves transcribing or creating original content. Working routinely at a regular time is also helpful for keeping all your activities organized and predictable.
Another reason why writing within fixed time frames helps improve writing skills is that it teaches you to think faster while focusing more sharply on your material. A clear vision is a key to moving forward in developing a narrative for anything you write. The more vivid the vision is in your mind, the clearer your writing will be. Furthermore, it’s easier to write about something when you already have a clear idea about it.
If you find that after repeated testing that you are unable to complete a project in a necessary time frame, you would be better off assigning transcription services to a professional. Typing or writing serious assignments should not be presumed as something that anyone can do effortlessly.
Proofreading is part of the process, which also takes time and can be improved with a countdown timer. Failing to proof your own work carefully can weaken credibility and reputation if you circulate writing full of typos or poor grammar. Consider assigning to transcription services if you need quality results within quick deadlines.
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Beth Worthy is the Director of Operations for GMR Transcription Services, Inc an Orange County, California based company that has been providing accurate and affordable transcription services since 2004. GMR Transcription has worked with over 8,000 clients spanning myriad industries and prides itself on its customer service and quick turnaround time. Their services include audio transcription, video transcription, and digital transcription, as well as Spanish and Mandarin translation. Google +