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We need a Expander/Productivity forum

Posted By: sm on 2009-05-15
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With all of the talk about expanders, autocorrect, autotext, and productivity we could use a forum for that on mtstars.

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Great information. Maybe you need a productivity forum?
POLL: Productivity gain using your expander and what expander you use.
Guess I need to make it work harder.
check out Productivity Talk. Lots of tricks in their SH forum.
You not only posted on this forum, but another forum asking for
advice, not once, but at least twice, panic stricken.   If you didn't want the advice you shouldn't have asked and you surely shouldn't have come back her bashing people for their advice.  We are not medical professionals.  It could have just as easily been something serious and because of the lack of $$ you didn't go to the ER and you'd be singing a different song today. 
The shortcuts expander works with the Bayscribe expander as well.
All at the same time.
I purchased Shorthand and Jon Knowles program. I have about 500 shorthand entries. During downtime, I add more. I have set hours. I get up like I am going out to work. Shower, put on m/up, comb hair, etc. Make coffee/cereal, and do a few household chores before I sign in at 8:30. I do not move until I have done 25 reports. Take a 15 break, take out some for lunch, type 25 more reports. Eat lunch while I am watching a few mins. of Y/Restless. Look at email..Look at local paper online. Email buddy in Texas. On Mondays, take a few minutes to discuss D/Housewives. Type 20 more rports. Watch 15 minutes of Passions. And for the afternoon stretch, I type until I have about 80-90 reports. If my baby stays with my sister, I will type until I have 100-120 reports. During school year, I might type straight through until I have 40 reports. You just have to stay focus. A few days a month, I take an hour lunch away from home to be around grown people. I have been doing this 7 years and gross about 40,000 yr b/c I also do taxes. You have to stay focuses. I plan on making about 52,000 this year. In between I wash a load of clothes, iron, etc....plan meals. Just stay focused. I get depressed if I have a week paycheck less than a grand.

How in the world do you accomplish so many lines.

I am genuinely interested in any advice you might have. I struggle to meet minimums when work is available.


productivity help
I need any advice, tips, cheats that you can offer to get my daily line counts up. I use Instant Text and autocorrect but I still work about 12 hours to get about 900 lines. I'm supposed to be working 8 hours and getting 1080 lines. I am really frustrated...can anybody help, please...
there is a great book called saving Keystrokes available through Amazon.com. It helped me alot.

Where do you usually talk about productivity?

I don't see a board for increasing productivity.  I usually just post questions on the main board but think I will get more information if I post questions on the board specifically for productivity.


Can someone help me on productivity board? SM

I didn't know if that board is frequented a lot, but posted a couple questions there.

Thanks so much for your time.


It's like a tic with me. I can't help it. I correct it then. That is BAD for productivity. nm
Please help on Productivity board. TIA nm
See productivity board.
Productivity Board?
Where the heck did the productivity board go?
That was the best program ever, especially for productivity. sm
That was always my argument against Windows - it slowed everything down, but progress moves on and I was forced to move on.

Now, I can just only remember what a great program that was for what we do.

productivity programs

Our company is currently using Winscribe dictation system, but they did not buy the transcription side of this, which creates a database and templates and saves the work to a file. 

I am looking for productivity program that works the same way that is reasonable.  ADS may be one but I have no feedback on this. 

Any suggestions.


Bayscribe productivity.....

For anyone who uses Bayscribe, do you do real well productivity wise on one account and then accomplish absolutely nothing on others?  The short notes, the in and out, in and out business; it takes up so much time, I have just spent over 2 hours with just under 200 lines.   Is anyone else's experience the same?

BayScribe productivity
I have 2 accounts that I work on, and I do seem faster on one of them which is the more difficult one oddly enough. I don't feel like I go in and out a lot. I love the fact that everything is done on 1 screen (demographics, transcription, and copies). Having to toggle through a ton of screens is one of the reasons I left my last company.
Here is a macro from Productivity.com
Have you tried productivity talk? You can also
google it. 
Productivity Site
I am fairly new to Instant Text.  However, there is a site at:  http://www.productivitytalk.com/forums/index.php  This site specializes in MT productivity and there are several very experienced people here.  Check it out, you'll be glad you did.
IC productivity question HELP PLEASE
I need some advice please!!! I work for an IC company where I edit reports. My problem is that I cannot see my productivity. The only one that has access to my productivity is the hospital which then returns it to my company and they email me my stats for the entire pay period. I guess what I am wondering is that I am new to the whole IC world and was wondering if I should put my trust into the hospital to give my company my correct stats. I asked my company if there is another way around this and they said no!!!! PLEASE RESPOND WITH YOUR ADVICE GOOD OR BAD!!!
No productivity access
Did you request a copy of the productivity log submitted by the hospital? That is all you have to do if your company did not submit one to you automatically. In addition, keep your own private long with accession numbers and times, anything you would need to support a discrepancy. There are a lot of programs out there that do not support that type of operation, so do not think you are being lied to. Just make sure they are right.
How to increase productivity

The more targeted your glossaries are, the faster you get to your words and phrases. Are you using doctor- or specialty-specific glossaries combined with your own base glossary?

Are you concentrating on phrases rather than on words? The big keystroke savings kick in when you concentrate on the phrases your doctors say all the time.

More about productivity at the link below. I hope it will give you some quick tips.


Try Productivity Talk.
Google it, and then search on autocorrect. There should be some tips there on how.

I know how to do it; but I'm on shift right now and can't take the time to walk you through it; sorry. If you haven't figured it out by this afternoon, post again, and I'll see if I can help with more detail then.
Go to Harrie's Productivity web site. There

are wonderful ideas there for every expander, and a lot of help with other programs like word and WP as well.

Your company cannot tell if you use an expander.  You have already set your mind to the idea that you cannot because that would not be verbatim, so you need to have a litle bit of an attitude adjustment, too.   It makes no difference if Dr. Jones dictates:  "The patient was taken to the operating room", it is still the same phrase and I can type that using 5 characters and it comes out the same.  Or I can use 4  characters and have it say "the patient was brought to the operating room".  I am an extremely high producer, doing approximately 400 lph on a very difficult account, verbatim, with 95% ESLs.  But the phrases, instruments, and anatomy all stay the same.  I just make modifications in my Shorthand to accommodate the differences.  And no, I cannot memorize my shortcuts, but I do utilize about 3 different systems for shortcuts, and have about 22,000 words and phrases in there. 


Did I just dream there was a productivity board here now?
Productivity board post
Please view post on productivity board re: SH back up from technologically challenged.
Is there anything on the Productivity or Technical board?

productivity for speech files

does anyone have any pointers that can help my productivity with voice files.  Voice recognition board not working and productivity board says go to main board.  Help if you can.


Productivity per hour confuses me...? sm
Companies always ask about my 'lines per hour'.  What the heck is average?  I type 90 wpm.  Took a normal report once, counted the lines, did all the calculations with time and what-not to try and come up with a 'per hour' quota but I came up with 800+ or something and that seems crazy. Unless that sounds possible, anyone know the typical average for lines per hour?
knowledge increases productivity
My productivity is up and down. I have found that with doctors and report-types that I am use to typing my productivity is higher, with new docs and new/rarely typed report a lot lower. I think only knowledge can increase your productivity, when you can anticipate what the doc will say next because you have a true knowledge of what you are typing. (please excuse typos.. I am on a quick break)
well, the more you do ops, the more you'll increase productivity
I just checked my lifetime IT productivity sm
which is about four years, and it says 2.63 characters per keystroke.  For the first year or so I was not using it to it's fullest potential so who knows.  I haven't worked yet tonight, but I might come back with some of tonight's stats if I remember.
Looking for tips for increasing my productivity on SR.

I fairly new to SR.  I've been MT'ing for 16 years.  I was wondering if there are any secrets to increasing production.  I use Dictaphone SR.  Basically, when I get into the report I do a quick read through and correct any formatting that needs to be done, i.e. bold and capitalize headings, put in paragraphs, numbered lists, etc.  Then I listen to the report from start to finish, editing as a I go along.

I was just wondering is there a faster way to get through a report.  I'm not sure if the Dictaphone SR report quality will improve over time, but right now it requires an extensive amount of editing and correction.  Sometimes it would be quicker to type the darn report!

You are the classic example of the lost productivity due to BOS. nm
But it's not the BOS itself that causes productivity loss, it's the improper (sm)
application of what's in it. The BOS is a set of "guidelines," not hard and fast rules, unless the body (whether that be MT, MTSO/service, or client) using it decides to take it as the ultimate authority and demanding obedience. The BOS itself is constantly saying that they are guidelines and recommendations, for the most part, and that client preference will (and should) override it in many cases.

I hate the AHDI, and I'm not all that fond of the BOS, but let's blame the organization itself, not the style guide. It's no better or worse than the other style guides out there (e.g., "Do's and Don'ts").

It's the idiotic application that causes the BOS issues.
Do any of your platforms have shortcuts for productivity...
my company had used our system so short of time they didn't even know how it worked!
Word Expander Programs - Are there any expander programs that are easy to use and learn
that are similar to the MS Word expander?  I prefer something very simple.  I like MS Word expander; however I have gone over my limits and cannot add any more shortcuts so I need a program that will hold a larger amount of shortcuts.   Many thanks.
People around the coast are being interviewed and are using the slogan from the civil war "the South will rise again" - ick.....that was a "Confederate" slogan....Just caught up.....
Forum only ...sorry
They don't ban you from 1 forum and not another!
Believe me, I know!! Probably just some temporary glitch in her settings. This sounds familiar, and I can't remember how someone said to fix it. But she wouldn't be able to post for help if she were banned!
Went on another MT forum (will not
name names) and saw work wanted postings for MTs in India.  Don't know how I feel about this.  All I do know is that I don't want my job outsourced like so many other jobs.  The other MT forum is supposedly not an Indian forum, but they seem to let the Indian MTs post on it.  I won't comment on there because I don't want to be called a bigot.  Just worried about my job is all.  Can't type for 2 cpl and buy groceries. 
because its an MT forum.
Which forum?
Under which forum do I post that I am looking for work?  .  I looked under "Job Seekers" but that doesn't seem to be the correct one, or am I misreading it?  Thanks.
why don't you go to the IT forum? sm
their tech support is fabulous and they usually respond same day. They have their own forum at http://textware.com/board/itmainforum/index.html

No need to just be frustrated... they will help you do something about it.
Productivity board to be added today.
You can't do it that way. There's a post on Productivity Talk that explains how.
Productivity Talk at http://www.productivitytalk.com/forums/index.php

See the Shorthand Commands forum for instructions.
I did and it slowed my productivity down. I thought I had gotten used to them after a few months.sm
but when I took them off, I sped up a lot.  I've thought about doing it again and decided against it. 
There are lots of tips on Productivity Talk.