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1500, lucky if I make that, lost my motivation, how do you guys do it ?

Posted By: sm on 2007-02-24
In Reply to: A poll...What is the line count you... - mteagle

Never get the same dictators, all the OPs are not  the usual appendectomies, T&As, etc, way more extensive, neurosurgery, spinal, etc.  Have 2 accounts, over 150 pages of account specifics, 2 systems in and out, type about 1-2 report from backup account, just enough to waste more time closing out of ChartScript and loging into C quence, then back to CS.  Typed about 1 H&P this  year.  I have no normals.  Rarely ever get ESL dicators though.  Giving myself about another month or two.   Lost all motivation.  How do you guys do it ?   I really need a pep talk.  I just can't concentrate any more.   

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A lot of us here still don't make $10 an hour. You're lucky. nm
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no motivation

That is my goal. It is really a simple, obvious solution but man is it hard to actually do it--I have yet to achieve this. Thanks for letting me know that it has actually been done by a for-real MT! So easy to let it take over your whole day/week/life. And it is never enough. I want to be like you when I grow up. :-)
1500 lpd, 8 cpl over that nm
I did ($1500)
I use APC XS 1500
Gives me around 45 minutes of time. It has been very reliable!
I have motivation and it is
my $$$ and I do make a decent salary, made even more in the past when I had more than 1 job but cut back on my own. I could care less about a pat on the back- higher ups are not there to give huggies - my goodness, do your job, do it well and enjoy what you can buy with the money you make or get a third job if 2 jobs are not enough.....
This sounds crazy to me. In the time it takes you to push a button, reload your change ect., you could be typing more lines. But if this works for you great! To me it sounds like a waste of time.
What is the motivation?
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How do you get 1500 lpd even in...
radiology?  I've been tested at 70 wpm with 100% accuracy, use Instant Text, have 20 years experience and good dictators but still can't get 1500 lines per day! Maybe it's because the platform is Meditech and I find it cumbersome.  If there is some secret to getting the lines won't somebody please share it! 
my motivation: you don't work, you don't eat
simple, eh?
Yeppers! Same motivation of me too! LOL nm
I'll take some of that motivation, too.
My neighbors were fighting all night after I stayed up too late discussing our home remodel with DH.  I can't bring myself to get busy this morning.  I want to go back to bed after only two hours of sleep in a row last night.  I'm also excited because if we do an addition on the house, I get my own office with a closing, locking door.  I'd rather be drawing up floorplans and taking a nice long bath than working.
How long does it take you to get 1500? nm
Salary for food, clothing, housing- work equals this. I think simple deduction.
I don't think 1500 is unreasonable...
There are a lot of variables. If you're willing to work as many hours as necessary to attain 1500 lines per day, then that's feasible within a reasonable amount of time. And once used to the account, of course, you'll do that in fewer and fewer hours.

As far as cpl, I haven't seen many ads for companies willing to pay even 8.5, and that's rare. More likely it would be around 7 to 8.

If you want to get your own accounts, depending on your area, you could probably ask for 9.5 to 10 per line and get it.

Also, you may have to work for a few companies to find the right one.

1500 lines
I think 1500 lines a day is realistic as long as the work is there. So it's kind of a mixed message I guess.
coffee motivation
ok I feel sooo unmotivated to work even when I am right in front of my computer. I am just off task, thinking about other things. I lack the focus and brain energy to type. When I drink strong coffee or energy drinks, I am super productive. I enjoy typing and get lots done when I have been using caffeine. What is going on here?
caffeine motivation
ok I feel sooo unmotivated to work even when I am right in front of my computer. I am just off task, thinking about other things. I lack the focus and brain energy to type. When I drink strong coffee or energy drinks, I am way more focused and productive. I enjoy typing and get lots done when I have been using caffeine. What is going on here?
That's not a bad idea actually--good motivation! (nm)
yesterday I had a 1500 second report....nm

motivation or lack thereof....
Do i totally understand! I have been doing this for 10+ years and keeping the production up lately has been a real struggle, not only financially but emotionally. Hence, I am returning to school. It is giving me something else to focus on - a goal. Otherwise, I feel like I will be typing the rest of my life. Take some time off??? I would love that !!
1500 to 2000 lines if doing
medical.  If on radiology, 2000 to 3000 plus.  I have done as much as 4000 on  radiology but that depends on which radiologists I get.  We have 5. And no, I don't use a lot of macros, and we have 2 ESL radiologists and probably 90% of our medical dictators are ESL or otherwise horrible dictators. 
Well, I just transcribed 1500 lines in 3 hours. sm

I work on the same account every day, same dictators, lots of templated reports I did myself and put them into auto correct.  I get up early, start at 7 am and today I was done by 10 am.  Cleaning the house now.  Also, the line pay is slightly higher than most, so 1500 lines is fine for me today. 

On harder days when the account is really behind,  I get up and vacuum the house after 3 hours of transcribing then come back for 1 hour.  If things are caught up, I stop for the day.  If not, I will go back in the evening. 

I can't sit for 6-8 hours straight.  Making $160 bucks in 3 hours is good for me and enough.   Tomorrow is another day!

Use templates and short cuts - that will help!  I have whole reports in my auto correct, but you have to listen through and change and correct things as each patient is a different case. 

I do have to tell you, I do not get this many lines every day in such short a time.  It just happened that today was a good day.


Hope this helps.

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I was hired with a 1500 sign on bonus...
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If gross lines average is 1500 nm
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slow days take longer
I type no less than 1500 lines in 7 hours

On my slowest day, I will not allow myself to get less than 200 lines an hour.  Depending on the worktype, I can type up to 400 lines an hour.  It is hard for me to consistently stay at that speed as I have orthopedic issues!!!  I also can type extremely fast, (120 wpm).  I also use a lot of Expanders and shortcuts. 

1500 lines per day? Is this a realistic line
count to be able to make daily in the current MT climate? I have been in MT field for 30 years, with last 10 as QA.  I hate it, and can't wait to transcribe again. I am still really fast, never lost my skills thankfully, and can easily hit 1500 lines per 8 hour shift IF the work is there, though.  That is the target I would have to hit to even come close to what I am making currently as QA - things are tight on this salary, and can't get much tighter!  Do you think most companies have this sort of workload to offer MTs?  I used to work for 2 companies 15 years or so ago. Maybe do you think it would be more realistic for me to try to work for 2, or is 1500 lines steadily daily not a big deal?  I'm just so used to getting paid hourly, and never having that gut-wrenching fear of running out of work.  I don't need benefits at all, so IC is a big possibility.  I hope you understand, and I really appreciate your thoughts.   I'm so scared, but have to get out of my current situation at "you-know-where" before I lose my "you-know-what"...   Figured I'd peddle myself off as an MT rather than QA - worry about that down the road at a good company.
I have diagnosed myself with motivation necrosis, possibly secondary to DQS. SM
I hope it's not terminal.  Not old enough to retire yet.  Anyone else with this sickness?
Generally 200 lph, but depends on work type, I can do more with OP notes, has to do with motivation
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I had to have a bowel resection for a Meckels diverticulum and the surgeon charged 2500 and got 1500
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1500-1600 doing acute, multiple, multiple work types. NM
My motivation is that the sooner I get my work done, the sooner
I can go play.  I hate being tied to this desk all day long.  I'd rather be outside or reading a book or playing with the kids.
WOW.. you guys should all get together....sm

and contact the Dept of Labor.  If they were stupid enough to put their broken promises in writing, you have every right to start a lawsuit.  We all have complaints about different companies, but what they've done is downright illegal !!!

I am sure you guys are right,
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The spy guys in Mt. Dew ad...sm
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Thanks guys. I don't know what it is
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Thanks guys......
All very nice comments - thanks guys!! We would not want to feel we were stealing work from you.....