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Where do you usually talk about productivity?

Posted By: MT 2. sm on 2005-08-19
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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.


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Have you tried productivity talk? You can also
google it. 
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.
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.
There are lots of tips on Productivity Talk.

WOW! Productivity Talk is a gold mine of info!
check out Productivity Talk. Lots of tricks in their SH forum.
Eewwww... you don't talk like an MT, you talk like mangement. Ick. (n/m)
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.

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
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.


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.
We need a Expander/Productivity forum

With all of the talk about expanders, autocorrect, autotext, and productivity we could use a forum for that on mtstars.

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!
Great information. Maybe you need a productivity forum?
Productivity board to be added today.
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. 
Time Management/Productivity Problem

I am new to this board, but not to MT.  I have been doing this for 13 years with an acute care hospital.  We went home about seven years ago.  My problem is trying to get in my typing around my family.  I have a 5 yo, 3 yo and 1 yo and my husband is a police officer with rotating schedule.  The kids go to a babysitter three days out of the week and are home on the days my husband is.  My husband is on me all the time to make more money, keep the house in better order, plus take the kids to activities (gymnastics, soccer).  I don't have a problem with any of that, but when he is home with the kids and when I should be able to get more typing done than normal, I end up watching the kids when he is outside, sleeping or is just tired of them.  I personally want to take them five days a week so that I can get into a schedule better.  I feel now that I don't have a schedule because if I get up early, so do the kids and then hubby doesn't get up so I'm taking care of them.  I stay up late, but then the little one will start crying and then I'm back up taking care of him instead of typing.  I feel like everything is chaotic and hubby tells me it is because I don't have a schedule, but I can't make one unless he is going to commit to REALLY watching the kids.  Can anyone offer me some suggestions here?  I am just about ready to scream.  Thanks all.



Doesn't this belong on the productivity board?
Check the Productivity web site or ask questions there. sm
Their web site is http://www.productivitytalk.com.
When I click on productivity tools on desktop
but strangely, I can pull it up while in Bayscribe. Don't know what's happening there.
What percentage productivity gain do you get with InstanText?

Am thinking of switching.  I currently get 400% productivity with SH8 (it types 3 characters for every 1 I type).  Can anyone out there get similar figures with InstanText? 

No way, I am having no problems with productivity, only that my pay has been reduced to compete
with the global market, that is a fact.

Now please with all respect please do not offer your opinions on my situation, I am sensing a little attitude here and I am not interested in your opinions on that. Thanks.
I would call IT or check productivity board sm
as would be so much more efficient easier to get IT to work correctly than to try to work back words and get autocorrect to work - IT should work with just about anything - not so with autocorrect
It's cost the industry considerable productivity as....(sm)
...people spend their time frantically trying to find "the rules". The thing grows longer with each edition, and each edition seems to contradict the one before it in one matter or another.

There are probably less than a quarter of the items addressed in the BOS that could be considered as justifiably needing standardization. The rest is unpardonable meddling, IMHO, because it has absolutely nothing to do with either the quality or the integrity of the content of a medical document and amounts to nothing but stylistic preferences that have no more validity than any others.

AHDI got themselves into ANSI somehow, but unfortunately they haven't a clue what a standard is about or what a standard is supposed to accomplish. If AHDI had been responsible for establishing standards for the Internet, there wouldn't be one.

Anybody willing to share your productivity secrets? I've been following the discussion below SM

about MTs who earn $50,000 or more.  A lot of the MTs are saying they have really honed their abbreviation Expanders and I was wondering if anyone would care to share exactly what they do with their expanding programs that increases their lines so drastically. 

In all honesty, I can type around 200 lph without using any kind of Expander and that's with me sitting and typing nonstop for 8 full hours (and we all know with kids, 8 uninterrupted hours is merely a dream).  With my abbreviation expander, I've increased my production drastically, but since I never really type 8 full hours a day, I'll never really know just how drastically.  I know that I can do 1700 to 2000 lines a day and only be "timed in" for eight hours.  How much of the eight hours I actually type, I really can't say.

I was just wondering what kind of secrets others have to tweak their expanding programs.  I mean, instead of doubting those ladies who are making the big bucks, we should be picking their brains.  I've been doing this a long time too and I started out transcribing standard size cassettes on a typewriter (yes, a typewriter!).  My first abbreviation expander was PRD+ that I used with Word Perfect 5.1 on a DOS based system.  I thought I was in heaven! 

So I say KUDOS to those ladies who are successful at what they do and I want to know just how you do it so I can do it too.  Oh, my paychecks are pretty okay, but who couldn't use more money?