It’s funny how breakthroughs in productivity come from the most unlikely turn of events.
Several years ago, after having consumed a few too many beverages, I ended up with a broken finger.
How’d that happen? Well, let’s just say I made a few poor choices. (If you’d really like to know the whole story then you’ll have to buy me a beer sometime and I’ll be happy to share the gory details with you.)
But for now, let’s get back to the story.
There I was at work, the day after a ridiculously long surgery on said broken finger (I had an evil boss who wouldn’t give me more than a day’s leave), pecking away pathetically at my keyboard with one hand in plaster.
I was a sorry sight.
Trying to use the keyboard and the mouse with a solitary functioning hand. Things were painfully slow (pun intended).
I had to find a way of working smarter.
Well, as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Before long I had mastered keyboard shortcuts on my PC (which is what I was using at the time). My digital life was never the same again.
Using keyboard shortcuts is one of the best time-saving hacks I’ve come across. It’s probably right up there with my other favorite hacks which include using Dragon Dictate to save time in typing on the keyboard, Divvy for screen management which saves oodles of time in minimizing and resizing screens, or my Top 15 iPhone Siri voice commands to save you an hour a week on your iPhone.
Here are some very useful keyboard shortcuts for your Mac. (Are you a PC user? Check out these 57 keyboard shortcuts to turn you into an Excel Ninja!)
At a guess, I’d say I save over 15 minutes each day using keyboard shortcuts by using my keyboard instead fo reaching across to my mouse each time I want to open a new window or launch an application.
Over a period of a week, this adds up to 75 minutes assuming a 5 day work week – which is well over an hour in saved time.
And as they say … time is money, right?
And so I present to you …. (*drumroll*)
Note: these shortcuts were first created for Mac OSX Mavericks as at 24th Jan 2014 but I’ve recently gone through and updated them for 2019. Please email me if you find any errors in this list and I’ll be happy to fix them 🙂
What Keyboard shortcuts do you use to save yourself time? Is there anything you’d like to add to this list? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!