While the research varies quite widely on how often people use their mouses at work, the 2 most reliable calculations we found are 428 clicks/day (calculated by a Cornell University researcher) and 1,480 clicks/day (average pulled from 5-year study of 50,000 computer users across 100 companies.
Are keyboard shortcuts faster to use than the mouse? Yes! The more surprising part is that this is true even when people start with one hand on the mouse.
How much faster are keyboard shortcuts than the mouse? 2 seconds faster is a safe assumption.
When we assume the number of clicks/day is the average of 428 and 1,480 and that 70% of clicks can be replaced with a shortcut (which is pretty conservative), we get to 22 minutes lost per day by not using shortcuts.
But don't most people use shortcuts, given how simple most are to use? No... most self-reported surveys show that people use shortcuts in about 10% of the opportunities they have to use them.
Why do most people skip this time-saving technique?
Ok, so even if you're convinced that you should start using more shortcuts, why take this course rather than just Google a few?
Still not convinced? Take your time reading through the details of our time-savings calculations below in the research and analysis section.
"This course was useful! I learned new things and tactics for implementing that seem genuinely relevant to my life, and something I've wanted to do for a while!"
- Consultant, Bain & Company
"I know shortcuts exist, but the idea of finding the useful ones and incorporating them has always seemed time-consuming and overwhelming. It's nice to have it served up in bite-sized lessons."
- Senior Manager, Twitter
"I feel that many of the shortcuts I've learned have been through friends, so I appreciate being given the tools to find short-cuts on my own (and also the lists provided)."
- Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Government Performance Lab)
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RESEARCH & ANALYSIS: 37 minute/day time-saving opportunity
Since it’s relevant to all the points below, we’ll start by saying that using a keyboard shortcut is on average 1.8 seconds faster than using your mouse. This is likely conservative too because the operations used in this study were the most common, which would lend themselves to faster than average mouse accessing.
#1 – Using mouse to process and send emails rather than shortcuts =15 mins/day
#2 – Using mouse to switch between open applications rather than ALT+TAB/CMD+TAB = 5 mins/day
#3 – Using mouse to navigate within the browser and perform common operations = 2 mins/day
#4 – Using mouse instead of shortcuts to perform most other operations = 15 mins/day
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