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Yes, I do get arm stiffness...more often

Posted By: Busy MT'ing on 2005-09-21
In Reply to: geez louise - you're like super MT (this is not a flame) sm

I get neck stiffness really bad.

I have to work really hard for 2-3 hours and then get up and take a break, then sit down for another 2-3 hours, etc.

I use word Expanders very heavily. For me, the most significant impact on my production is that when I am working a 2-3 hour stretch, I do not get distracted. I don't eat, drink, check email, browse the internet, etc. I literally have a mindset of how much I need to get done versus what I want to get done.

I have always had super motivation but it is definitely harder as I get older. I have good days and bad days just like everyone else. I work extra hard on good days so that I don't suffer so much on bad days.

I know five MTs who produce circles around me. I don't know that their quality is quite as good but their production is unbelievable. I've personally worked with them and they truly are the fastest keyboarders I have ever seen. I could never achieve that speed and I don't think I really want to.

I will more than likely cut down to 1 job in the next 3-6 months because I have too much other activities going on that need my attention.

I work as hard with my mind as my hands -- thinking about what I'm typing so I can keep up with the dictator, keeping in mind the word expansions and macros to use, etc. To me, it is harder on the mind than the hands and neck but they DO get stiff and tingling sometimes.

I used to do virtually equal amounts of work for both companies but depending on what the new MQ package offers next month, that may change. I'm not worried nor impatient about it; just will wait and see.

I appreciate the "no flame" reply. There IS a price to pay for a very heavy production load -- at least for me. There are some who can do way more and not have any repercussions at all. My hat is off to them!

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