But I'd start with silly consuming-not-creating timesucks like TV, movies, even reading HN ;-). These eat more of my time than email.
At least for the USA, 90 seems a pipe-dream unless you are fortunate to be wealthy or a congressperson awarding yourself gold-plated healthcare.
If you are in China, your government is killing you with unregulated industrialism that is making the very air posionous.
If you live in Japan, the radiation may already be seeping into your area and causing cancer.
And if you are in the middleeast, your government might kill you for the wrong trivial actions against their religion, being a woman, or daring to challenge a dictator.
90 definitely seems like a pipedream unless maybe you are in Canada, Europe, Iceland/Greenland, or Australia/NZ (apologies to all those I missed, ie. South America and Africa, may you live a long and happy life).
Wow I just depressed myself.
I could easily just Google "WPM test" and take it, but that just turned me off on carrying on with this.
Would be nice as a wrist watch too. Tempus fugit.
Personally I hit ~105 when doing a speed test (no idea where this falls on the "reasonably quick" to "insanely fast" scale), but would never hit this when I have to think about what I'm writing, as opposed to just ignorantly copying text put in front of me.
Is this different for you? When was the last time you managed to write more than a sentence or too without your brain slowing your hands down?
(Speed tests on the other hand - I can read them as fast as my fingers can move, so as long as I understand what I'm reading I can do that pretty much as quick as my typing ability lets me.)
When writing long blog posts I go through a couple of revisions, but that's not so much typing as it is editing which is much slower.
Let's whip'em out! I typed 75 wpm in my first year of typing instruction. In my second year, I was 90 wpm. Third year (which was first year of Word Processing with WordPerfect for DOS version 5.2) I was 120 wpm. Today I'm just over 130 wpm with near perfect accuracy which if you think about it is more than 2 words per second.
Now if you want to see how lame even my insane fast typing speed is - watch this:
Please change the text or background colors for higher contrast. I'm young, with semi-decent eyes, and white-on-light-blue and brown-on-tan are difficult to read.
I think you're taking it a bit too serious.
A Happy Pecker