Credit where it’s due. In this post, Patrick Rhone gets it exactly right:

Once we find tools that work, we owe it to ourselves to use whatever spare cycles we have to try to optimize and learn those tools more deeply. Especially if they are tools we use for hours every day.

The post he links to is worth a look, too, although I’m dubious of the first of its seven steps to browser mastery: learn the keyboard shortcuts. I seem to recall Jef Raskin saying that keyboard shortcuts weren’t as effective—when measured objectively by observers—as users always thought they were.1 And unlike writing, browsing the web isn’t a keyboard-intensive activity—it’s not uncommon for me to surf the web without using the keyboard at all. Still, the other six steps are worth making a habit of if you haven’t already done so.

  1. I couldn’t find a reference to that, but I did just spend a pleasant half-hour scanning several of Raskin’s articles looking for it.

    Update 10/7/10: It was probably Tog, not Raskin, whose work I was thinking of. See the link in Patrick’s comment below.