The 10-Minute Touch Up is a quick, weekly challenge to get you DOING, not just reading about doing. Each week I’ll give you a task you can complete in about 10 minutes or less. Consider it a way to touch up your blogging just 10 minutes at a time!
Must-Have Keyboard Shortcuts for Your Phone
Challenge: Create at least three keyboard shortcuts on your smart phone.
Why: If you're like me, you use your smart phone. A lot. As a blogger, you might be leaving comments on blogs, logging into an account, or filling out a form to sign up for a new shiny app or entering a giveaway. And I'm sure you get annoyed having to type the same things – your blog URL, your email address, etc – over and over and over again.
Using keyboard shortcuts magically turns all that typing on a small little keyboard into just a few taps. For example, to type in my email address I just type in “@@” and my iPhone asks if I want to use the “[email protected]” Click the space bar and whoomp, there it is!
How to Do It.
Some keyboard shortcuts you'll find über handy:
- Your blog URL
- Your email(s)
- Your name
- Usernames: Especially awesome if you need to log in and out of an account
- URLs for your social profiles: great when you're filling out registration forms
- FUW (Frequently Used Words): words that annoy you because you find you're always having to type them in (and by the way, no one really says FUW… or doooo they?)
Creating these little gems of awesome is soooo easy you might cry that you didn't do it ages ago. I completed one shortcut set-up in about 15 seconds. To create keyboard shortcuts on an iPhone, head over to this post from Schmutzie. Elan breaks it down step-by-step. For an Android phone, try these simple directions on Lifehacker.
Tips: Keep your shortcuts easy to remember. I use “@@” for my blog email, “gm” for my personal gmail, and “bc” for my blog URL. Just to name a few. Also, try to stick with 2-3 characters that don't normally go together in normal language. For example, you don't often see “bc” together in a word.
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Do you already use keyboard shortcuts? Just set some up? Tell me one that you created!
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Hey- I'm Melissa! I'm a mom, side hustler, online course instructor, and brand marketer. I run a 6-figure blog helping online biz owners find their a-ha moments with can-do tips, tutorials, and online courses. I also work at Burt's Bees as the assistant manager of Brand Engagement (yep, it's as cool as it sounds). Jump start your biz productivity with my free worksheet!