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There are some part about my day that are so mundane, routine, and boring that I long for a way to do it more quickly so I can get it over and done with. That’s why I love keyboard shortcuts: they make these things faster.
Are you still using your mouse to click on “Send Mail” in Outlook? Press CTRL+ENTER instead. In Gmail, hit TAB then ENTER at the end of your email.
Want to immediately start a slide show in PowerPoint? Hit F5. Hit SHIFT+F5 to view from the current slide.
Press CTRL+D in most web browsers to bookmark a page.
There are thousands of these little time savers, and if you get good at them you can sail through these boring tasks.
But keyboard shortcuts not only create efficiency: they allow us to look at our habits. Just like coaching.
When I go exploring for a keyboard shortcut, there’s a mental model that I want to break: I want to learn how to do something better. Partaking in coaching does the same thing: you want to examine and possibly break a habit or way of doing things. You want to search, explore, and find a way to do something with more efficiency or in a way that creates more resonance. When I can hammer through emails by not touching my mouse, I feel better about the work that I do as well as the fact that I learned something new. My perspective is opened by awakening to a new way of doing things. It’s slight, but significant.
Coaching takes it to a whole other level, because you’re not only breaking habits and learning, but you’re breaking habits that interfere with your overall success and you’re learning about aspects of yourself that fuel your confidence and self worth.
When you get sick of the boring repetitiveness of day-to-day computer use, employ some shortcuts. When you’re sick of falling into the same patterns that keep you from being the person you want to be, employ a coach.