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Help staying awake and productive

Posted By: Freebie on 2007-10-18
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I have real problems staying awake, focused and productive.  I am alone all day, I think I get enough sleep, and I keep the TV on in the other room for another voice, but I get bored and can't keep my concentration and then I start web surfing and my productivity goes in the hopper.  Any suggestions on staying awake and focused?

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does anyone have a problem staying awake while typing?
even when I dont feel tired, I sit down to type and my eyes start dropping.  HELP. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!
I love it too - love doing my nails 5 hours a day and staying awake

Love NOT getting paid while sitting doing my nails too.  It's a real turn on.

I tell all my friends to try it -- sit in front of your computer while you have no money to pay your rent and instead do your nails, you get a real buzz down in the pit of your stomach.


I am awake but don't want to be
It looks okay to me. If that is what he/she is saying. Maybe after the artery pressures no comma before 39.

anybody awake?
Come on, you guys, surely somebody is still/already awake?
Aside from coffee and sleeping, how do you keep yourself awake?
I'm so very, very tired and sleep deprived this week from everything that's going on.  My eyelids keep drooping and I can't get motivated, but I have to get this work done.  I know if I try a little catnap, I'll be out like a light for the rest of the day.  Any tips?
Anyone awake yet? Can someone take a look and tell me if I 'm typing this correctly?

There was no evidence of significant

in-stent restenosis of the RCA.  A right heart catheterization was done as well.  Right atrial pressures were 16, 12, and 11.  Right ventricular pressures were 40, 7, and 15.  Pulmonary artery pressures, 39 and 21.  Pulmonary capillary wedge pressure is 21, 19, and 17 with left ventricular pressures of 132, 17, and 26.

oops, you said pasta sorry not awake yet
Mine was never awake long enough to try to help him.
He drank daily until he passed out and that was early. I decided I did not love him enough to put me or my son through it and asked him to leave. He did. I left too and never looked back. Do not know whatever became of him. Never saw my ex-husband again. Just had lawyer file for divorce and signed my divorce papers, which included taking my former name back, and moved on. Never remarried. It is so degrading living with someone like that. It makes you second guess yourself and your abilities too. I did not love him enough to hang in there. If I had, I guess the story would have some other ending, but I just didn't. Very sad but true for him and for me.
Nice cold Pepsi keeps me awake (NM)

Any suggestions on how to stay awake and alert w/o No-Doz ? - sm
Got totally dumped on tonight with work--- about 120 minutes between 2 jobs---- would like to get at a good portion of it done tonight but tend to start falling asleep typing at 10 or so these days.  Hate pills, especially hate No-Doz, hate coffee too, like capaccino but out right now.......so any quick fixes to staying awake, or should I just work until sleepy and get up after 5 hours of sleep? (i.e. 4 or 5 a.m.).  TIA.
You might try exercise daily to help you stay awake. sm
When I was a slug, I used to fight sleep all the time while transcribing. Then I started daily exercise, and now I don't fight sleep at all. I also went low carb, too - carbs make you sleepy.

This will also help your productivity.
I use laptop outdoors. Only problem is trying to stay awake,
What? Do you really think those parents or their friends thought the child would be awake and roami
Glad you are not awake - I wanted a potato salad recipe!
sounds yummy
productive day

Hello to Everyone in MT Land:

I pray that everyone will have a productive and fulfilling day.  Please know that your work is important, and you are helping countless people.  I encourage you to become better and better at what you do.  Have a great day!

But as soon as I get productive
That's the part I hate about drinking coffee - as soon as I get in the groove my kidneys wake up right along with the rest of me!
Did a whole 388 today....this is why I try not to work when the kids are home/awake - basically impo
He is a healthy-appearing male, awake, alert, and in no apparent distress.

This is the process I use and seems the most productive
When I get a bad dictator, which is 70% of the time, whether it be one who rushes, one who mumbles, an ESL, or one with a bad phone line, i'll type the report quickly, leaving blanks, just to give it a dry run and an overall feel for what its about.  Then I go back and listen carefully, research if needed, and fill in the blanks.  With this, about 75% of the time I can get ALL the blanks.  I don't obsess over something too much the second time around.  If its an easy dictator, I'll go through it slowly and carefully one time and send it on its way without rereading. 
being productive with an infant...?
Hi everyone!! I have a 6-week-old beautiful baby girl who LOVES to be held all of the time (she is breastfed). I've really been struggling with making production, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice on this. I do not want to have to pay a sitter, as I feel I can work this out. Sometimes she is content to lay across my lap, propped against the arm of the couch. This works pretty well (although I'm at a funky angle and make more typing errors)...since she doesn't tolerate the swing or the bouncy seat for very long....
Yeah, have a productive day.......
and let's hope the children are well behaved today! LOL!
Sorry that I'm happier and more productive than you are!

This is the BEST way to work, most productive etc. I
VR using EXText -- is it productive? SM

Getting ready to start doing VR through EXText.  I watched a demonstration of the VR editing process and it looks horrible!  From what I saw, it is not as simple as listening to the report, taking your foot of the pedal, and making a change.  There is a process of alt+s and then highlight the word to correct, etc...  It just looked very VERY tedious and unproductive.  I currently transcribe using EXText and have used EXText since it was first marketed, so I'm very familiary with it.  The VR portion of it is very new to me and seems like more of a burden than anything.

Then I was told that iChart will make the VR process much simplier and I'm wondering if this is true?

I have experience with VR using Escription and with the FutureNet program and both are so simple to use.  The Dictaphone software just looks completely complicated and I can't see making any money using it.

Anybody who has experience with iChart, Dictaphone VR and EXText and would like to share their opinions and give me some more info, would be greatly appreciated!


Is ABCZ the most productive?

I am just curious.  Do you all productive MTs feel that the abcz method/system is more productive than other systems?  I need to double my production.  I am only getting 800 lines a day and I need 2000, but I cannot work 24 hours a day! 


Not me. I'm staying. NM
Staying with IC definitely. Thanks.
I make 700.00 a week 4 days a week at my IC job. I turned the job down. Thanks again.
ChartScript- is it productive software?
As far as easy to get line counts.  Is is already loaded with spellcheck and can you use your own abbreviation expander.
very user friendly, productive ...
i was disappointed my lines didn't increase more dramatically over old system -- but there was an increase. I like it well enough i hope i never have to use another system. Maybe the 'decrease' in lines others report is due to messing around on the internet instead of working, as 2 minutes here and there really can add up...
For you happy highly productive MQ MTs

 Help those of us who are struggling by giving us some pointers on what you are doing to be so successful and happy.  I am very discouraged.  I do not want to have to start over with a new company.  I have 15 years experience, 8 of those with MQ.  Since DQS, I cannot get quota.  Never had a problem before, so I am not understanding. 

Please give me any suggestions that might increase my productivity.  And before all the comments of "stay off the board" begin - I am not working today.  I do have some self discipline.




what shift are you guys more productive
I'm thinking of switching to split, so I can get my brain and hands away to rest, but I dont know if i'll just dread working the rest of my shift all day.  I've been doing straight first shift for over 10 years and its taken a toll on my mind and body, I figure I could get stuff done during the day, and come back to it.  But again, the dread of working still scares me.  Anyone find they are more productive on a certain shift and why?  First, Second, third or split? 
Most productive work type?

What is the most productive work type?  Radiology, OP, etc?  Which one can you really make the money on? 


I work on Scribe and think it is very productive...JMO
If you are productive at both jobs and are able to both at the same time, why...
is it criminal? 
I am productive, but I am for 15 mins/2 hours sm
and truly, this does not drop my productivity any. I have an AI where I have rheumatoid-type symptoms. If I don't get up every couple of hours, I won't be able to get up. With this AI comes issues with energy, vision, hearing and vertigo...and pain, chronic constant pain. I find that work helps get my mind off of these things, but I have to take breaks.

I have been a power napper at my desk too, but that was when I was up at 2 a.m. to work, something I can no longer do because I can't sleep before 10 p.m. and that is only 4 hours. I find I focus better with at least 7 hours' sleep, better still with more like 8 to 9 hours' sleep. When I am working I DO NOT forget to eat, but I eat lightly, shun sugar, fat and starches which make me more tired and I lose focus. I munch veggies, rice cakes, bean spreads. I will start the day with fruit, followed by coffee which seems to get me up and running. I eat when I am up every couple of hours, but it is a small light snack. Sleep and food seem to be the clues to my being able to sit for those 8 hours.

I would also tell you that taking a day off on a Friday or Monday (or both) and having a long week filled with sleep, good food, being warm, comfortable and doing as little as possible can help burn out. I take bubble baths, sip a bit of brandy, snuggle in my bed with hot tea and reset myself.

I think being home working with the dishes and the laundry and the dust all calling your name causes work stress, a sort of dread and in the end, depression. If your family is around you too with noise, mess and friends, it creates more stress, dread and depression. Then, the cost of living goes up and up and up, but our line rates do not, so you find yourself pushing harder for less and less, more stress, dread and depression. In the end, you are probably like many of us, we don't remember to take care of ourselves!

So please, make time to take time for yourself. It doesn't have to cost...I use nice teas, bubble baths, body sprays, long walks, a small coffee at the coffee shop, giving myself a pedicure, putting linen spray on my pillowcases...creature comforts that lift the spirits. I can tell when I have been forgetting to take care of myself, I am down and a little sad, definitely tired.

The other thing I do is set aside $5 to spend on myself, frivolously, every paycheck. I work hard (as you do) and I deserve something for my efforts besides paid up bills. These are my incentive to work more and make more...I'd like a $10 goodie!
Definitely one who is productive and quality conscious.

It does not matter if you are an MT or editor.

I was very productive on straight and don't know where people
get this idea that only nonproductive people prefer VR. I was very fast on straight, still am but I happen to love VR, still have occasional straight. I totally disagree with you on this. I did over 2000 lines on straight but on my VR platform do around 3000 or better, never double and certainly not triple. I especially like because ESLs are much easier to edit than to straight type those now as we have so many more to do than in years past. People used to ask to see me type I would be so fast, clocked at 145 WPM and love, love VR.
A. I strongly discouraged anyone I meet who has signed up for any kind of program at the community colleges or elsewhere who wants to learn transcription. It's really distressing to see people pay their hard earned money for training in a field that is virtually in the toilet. I find myself making 1/2 of what I was making 10 years ago as an MT with no benefits and 50% more grief.
In staying with this man for as long as you have,

having his children, and allowing him to verbally and emotionally abuse those children, you're setting the example to your children that this is how a relationship works.  Now that your 16 y.o. daughter is reaching the age where she will begin dating, she has learned from home life that men call women names and expect women to clean up after them.  She's going to wind up in some lousy dysfunctional relationships herself.  Where is her bioDad?  I'll bet he wouldn't be happy to hear from her how stepfather dearest treats her.  Is he a positive role model in her life?  Probably not, or he wouldn't be your ex.  Teach her to have respect for herself and never tolerate mistreatment.

Anyway, off the soapbox now.  You go, go quickly, and never look back.  Get out of there! 

I am staying at the Stratosphere
for the first time in May.  We had booked the Stardust, but its being torn down to build a new hotel :(  Stardust was our favorite.  I have also stayed at Fitzgerald's downtown a couple years ago and it was really reasonable and nice, no complaints, but it is downtown.         
Those situations different than STAYING in bad
Robbery or scamming are an in and out situation that you have little control over.  Staying in a bad job is usually a long term situation that you CAN control.  It is hard to change jobs.  However, the longer you put off starting the process, the longer you are allowing yourself to stay in a bad situation. It is sad to think you would give someone else such control over your life that you let yourself be abused. And the only one that can change something like that is YOU.  The buck stops with you when it comes to who has control of your life.  
Staying in MT for the "perks" - sm

Is not a good enough reason to do this job.  period, end of story.

The money is out there, but you have to look for it and you really have to want it.  You are looking for "everything" and you cannot have it - it's just not possible or reasonable.  You have to like the job to make it worth your while or to push yourself to achieve what you are looking for.  Chances are, you are probably make good money doing editing at 5cpl, but its your lack of desire that takes you so long to get the job done thus driving down your hourly wage.  You're in love with  staying home and getting a paycheck and not the job.

If you do not like your job, your performance is going to suffer no matter what field you are in and when your performance suffers, so does your wage especially in a production based job like this. 

shouldn't you be studying or working or something productive?
Geez Busy, you been on these boards under one name or another all the live long day.  Lonely?  Crack those premed books.  hahahaha
Then the co. should hire more techies. Not productive for the MTs or the co., to have things
If you could share one thing that made you more productive
Need tips on being productive with cardiology procedures
staying away from message boards
Two years into MT I found message boards.  I had some small complaints about my job and was kind of in a love/hate stage of my relationship with MT.  Reading the boards with people complaining so much really put me more in that frame of mind to the point where I started hating my company and hating transcription in general.  When I left the job I had at the time and started a new one I vowed no more message boards because I felt they had poisoned my attitude, which was easily influenced at that time.  I stayed completely off message boards for the next five years and now am back (obviously), but that gave me enough time to get more established with my company and actually know and like my career enough that reading a lot of MT complaints doesn't bother me now.
It'll flame. I'm staying out of it.

staying home w/teenagers
Can not agree with you more.  Where my preteen & teen hated that I was at home all the time, their friends loved it...duh, guess which mom was there to haul them around before they got their drivers lisc.  Still think they should be 30 before they can drive
Just ignore this poster! Obviously staying on
subject and reading comprehension must not be a strong point in their skills list! Of course we all care more about children. This poster just doesn't know how to stay on topic and obviously wants a fight.
what are your ideas on staying focused??
When I am on my game I can do 250 to 300 lines per hour, but then after a couple of hours I start dropping to less than 150 lines per hour.  How do you stay focused?  I have tried working different shifts, split shifts, etc., but I just do not seem to be able to stay focused.  I have no small children at home, so that is not a problem.  I am in my own office space, but I just seem to start drifting after about an hour and then that is it.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.