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Coordination Theory

May 28, 2010

Today as I was practicing learning how to type (I previously typed with two fingers; now I’m learning to type with eight), I realized that my primary obstacle for typing was the same as the main obstacle to my goal of perfection: The ability manage multiple variables at once. This is a little bit different from multitasking, as there is only one activity, but several variables must be accounted for and manipulated in order to perform proficiently in the given areas.

For example, In chess there are many pieces to keep track of, and so to be proficient at chess, one generally must be good at keeping track of all of these pieces simultaneously in order to perform well in the game. It is only one game, but there is a great deal of variance to keep track with, and so management of this data is the primary factor (other than strategy) in determining whether one will win or lose.

With the case of keyboarding, one must be able to know where keys are, and what fingers to push them without, without even looking at a keyboard. If you cannot do this, there will always be a physical limitation to how fast one can type– because your brain will otherwise have to continually recall and re-interpret that data; in addition, because the brain often makes errors (as is typical of  a biological computer engineered with abstract thinking in mind), the keyboarding will always suffer in accuracy and speed.

The memory is not fallible either, but is far more reliable than the brain when it comes to concrete thinking. Thus, by memorizing where the keys are, one can type in one long flow– often even faster than it is possible for that person to read the data.

By completely memorizing where the keys are, you will have engraved keyboarding in your mind at the subconscious level. The advantage in this is that you will know what to type, where to type, and what fingers to type with– all of that– even before you realize what you are even typing.

In other words, by memorizing the functions, criteria, data, and methods of what variables that you are dealing with completely, you will turn skill into instinct, and knowledge into intuition. After memorizing something to the point that you know it “like the back of your hand”, you won’t need to ‘look at your hand’ any more to apply it– you’ll do the right thing without even thinking about it!

And as I know from personal experience, work done without having to think about it is work done efficiently.

Summing all of this up: by becoming extremely intimate with the targets, coordination comes “naturally”

To relate this to social networking: One of the biggest problems that I have had throughout my life is the inability to keep track of multiple people’s interests, activities, personal needs, and how they are of value to me. But I recently realized that this difficulty was mainly due to the fact that I never really bothered to actually get to know anyone– I just went with the flow of things.

But it only through intimately knowing individuals that one is able to properly keep track of their needs, and properly utilize their strengths (and weaknesses) so that the relationship might be mutually beneficial.

There are many areas of life that require coordinative and collaborative efforts to truly be successful, and so I now recognize this as a priority area to work on in my life, so that I will be one step closer to true perfection!

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