“I know something you don’t know…I am not left-handed”
I am naturally right-handed, but one day during my senior year of college (over five years ago now) I found myself so board I started writing notes with my left hand. This got me wondering how much practice would be required to develop genuine ambidexterity. I’ve been practicing using my left hand ever since. I started this process fairly late in life and haven’t focused on it as much as I could so I’m still far from ambidextrous. Nevertheless, the practice has started to pay dividends recently, so I decided to share some tips.
Because this instructable could be used by either right or left dominant individuals I will be using the good old roll playing game terms of “main hand” and “off-hand” to describe the naturally dominant and non-dominant hands respectively
I’ve divided up these tips into several areas where I have found it easy to incorporate off-handed activities and further divided each area into varying difficulty levels.
Disclaimer: I am neither a neuroscientist nor a physical therapist. Everything I’m offering is from personal experience.
Step 1: Eating
The first area where I really incorporated off-handed practice was eating. It’s not all that challenging, but it adds a baseline of fine motor skills to the fingers and wrist to help get over the awkward, ham-fisted, shoulder and elbow dominant movements you’ll experience initially.
Beginner: Forks and Spoons. Pretty straight forward, hold your selected utensil in you off-hand and try to get food from your plate to your mouth without any messy detours.
Intermediate: Knives. Try cutting your steak with the knife in your left hand. Just make sure that you don’t accidentally flip your food onto your neighbor’s lap.
Advanced: Chopsticks. In modern Western culture chopsticks are the epitome of esoteric eating implements. They’re also a good precursor to holding and manipulating writing utensils.