Why do you hold delete to fix a typo?

Here’s a strange quirk most of us do, including me:

Let’s say I misspelled the word ‘misspelled’ in this sentence (I wouldn’t be alone – that double-S catches people out). If I noticed that by the time I got to here, I’d hold down the delete key until I erased the offending mistake from the screen, then rewrite the entire sentence from my short term memory.

There are limits to that, of course.

If I noticed the mistake around, oh, I don’t know, here or so, I’d click on the mangled word and fix it with the precision of surgery.

Which raises an interesting question:

If we’re capable of such precise alterations, why do we ever delete half a sentence just to expunge one error?

I’m sure there’s more than one explanation for this.

For me, though – and I expect for many others – it’s about preserving flow.

As long as you keep meaningfully typing away at the keys, you’re still in that writing state of mind. The moment you invoke the mouse, though, that changes.

I’m assuming you’re typing with a mouse and keyboard, of course. The only thing more efficient than that is dictation, which I struggle with for some reason. I’m great at writing, great at public speaking, yet speaking something for others to read messes with my flow for some reason.

Anyway, there’s a point to all this.

Writing’s not the only activity that’s better when you get into the flow.

In fact, few activities aren’t.

And while I’m bragging about my writing prowess, did you know I can enter the writing flow state in less than a second?

It’s not perfect, of course. But there’s a reason why I used to struggle to write 300 words a week and now I write thousands of words a day.

Recently, I even wrote with the news in the background, not by choice, and if I can do it with that killer of creativity, joy and flow blaring panic in between obnoxious ads, then I can do it anywhere.

I show you exactly how I enter this state – and how you can enter any state you want, just as quickly and easily – in Hack Your Hands (module 5 of 19 of Monster Mind Edukaré).

If you want to create something but struggle, even when you have time and ideas, this is perfect for you.

You can nab it here:


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