Here I’m in the middle of writing a text message. I want to write “Stop it” and I’ve gotten as far as the “S.” When I go for the “t” I miss and land on the “r.”
You can see it in the picture below.
Do I accept that “r” and then delete it and then try for the “t” again? No! Instead, when I see that “R” indicating that I hit the wrong letter I simply sliiiiiiide over one letter, wait for the “T” to show, and then I let go. Ahhhh– that feels good.
Here’s what it looks like.
This technique works other places too. Here’s one example that I use all the time: in Contacts, you get that TINY A-Z list at the right.
Supposedly you’re able to touch a letter in that list and jump to the that letter in your Contacts file. More times than not I don’t land where I want to– but with the sliiiiiiiide technique I just keep my finger down and sliiiiiiide to the proper letter, and then let go.
Here’s what it looks like when you touch and HOLD (yes, the list turns gray):
Keep the “sliiiiiide” technique in mind for the next time you touch the wrong spot on your iPhone’s screen. It makes correcting an error as easy as making one.
I have likened this method to playing checkers: your move isn’t official until you let go. Maybe that will help you remember.