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Setting goals helped me tremendously

Posted By: Gabby on 2007-05-04
In Reply to: I suffered from major burnout about 4 years ago. sm - searchings

I have had burnout in the past and when I did usually tried to take a day or two off. Do not have it now but I just got tired of making a low salary like I was doing so decided I would increase my speed as far as blocking out everything else during the day in order for me to achieve my goal. This last paycheck really paid off. It was $400 more dollars than the time before and I am staying at the increased line count. I like the money and that is more than enough to put some speed in my production. I do not like those lousy paychecks at all.

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Set goals for line counts

I have set hourly goals of where I want to be at a certain hour, i.e. 500 lines at 2 hours, 1000 lines at 4 hours, etc.  I check my line counts at least on the hour, so then I know where I am.  If I am behind, then I know I have to pick up the pace.  If I am ahead, then I can slow down or visit MT Stars LOL!.   I work pretty much a set shift of 8 hours at the same time every day, so this works well for me. 

Also, of course, use your expander. I am limited to Auto Correct, but still have nearly every word over 5 or 6 letters, plus many normals and phrases, saved.  Even if you work on different accounts or different doctors all the time, there are still a lot of words/phrases that can be abbreviated.    


The main thing is you have to set goals...
for yourself. My goal is to focus on nothing but transcribing for at least 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Then I allow myself a 15 to 20-minute break. I found by doing this I get SO much more done. I am NOT on any medication so yes, this can be done without it. I had ADHD as a child, which changed to ADD as an adult. You also need to set a minimum line count goal for yourself and basically focus on making that line count goal daily/weekly. I started doing this back in October/November with a goal of a minimum of 1025/lpd--5125/lpw, and then increased my minumum goal about every 2 to 3 weeks as I consistently made each goal that I had set for myself for the day/week. I am now currently at 1150+/lpd--5750+/lpw. I also find that MT work is the BEST type of work I have EVER had with having ADHD/ADD, because of the fact that I learn something new everyday, and with doing acute care, my mind is a LOT more challenged, which is definitely what I needed to keep my ADHD/ADD under control.
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what helped me

I had to stay away from situations or places where I tended to smoke. 

I know you cannot quit work just to quit smoking but maybe rearranging your home office/work area could help. 

I also agree with finding a substitute.  For me, it was the holding of the cigarette, not the oral contact, that was a tough one.  I need to have something to do with my hands - try a stress ball if you find your hands feel empty during your breaks.

I quit in 1997 and still crave a cigarette from time to time but the feeling passes quickly.  The first 4 years were really difficult, though.  Good luck.

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It's about time someone helped US out
You believe the people being helped are the same ones...

shooting, raping, etc.???  Perhaps some are, but the majority are ordinary working people, and probably some who aren't working.  So what?  They are human beings and deserve to be treated decently.  Who are you to judge that they aren't worthy of help???

As others have mentioned, I hope when you need help you are able to get it.  What a despicable attitude.  I feel sorry for you. 

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Aha. So it is a setting they could change.
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You are setting yourself up to most likely fail...

if you try to start an MT business right out of school.  Unfortunately, people take the college courses for MT just to find out that most employers do require experience.  There are companies that do hire newbies, but one must have attended an "approved" school.  It's not too late for you though.  I see you as having 3 options:

1. You attend an "approved" MT course/start over with schooling.

2. You apply everywhere, check your newspaper, keep looking.

3. You attempt to start up your own business and learn as you go, although I highly don't recommend this route. 


Good luck!

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