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Thread poster: patyjs
| | patyjs
Local time: 07:53
Spanish to English
I have ADD. I was unaware of this until I was driven to investigate my son's behavior over 10 years ago. The realization prompted a resounding AHA! as I was suddenly able to put a new perspective on old challenges. Anyway, that's by the by. There are times when I just lose my focus and can't get back "in the zone" even when there are no external distractions...I get up and sweep the floor...look for something to nibble on...or am swallowed up in the vastness of the Internet... well, you get the idea.
It's happened now, hence this post. It's not a great problem today because I set a do-able deadline for the job. Sometimes, though, when the deadline is tight and the text complicated, it causes major frustration. I know losing concentration is not exclusive to ADDers so I wondered what everyone else does.
(ADD is attention deficit disorder)
| Happened to me today || Oct 13, 2008 |
I was doing a revision and I kept losing my place in the dense, tiny font source text - so I went and did the shopping. When I came back I managed to get through the revision OK.
When deadlines are tight, doing the shopping isn't an option, but even then a 5-minute break helps to recharge the batteries. I usually go and cuddle one of the cats
| I know what you mean! || Oct 13, 2008 |
I know what you mean. To make it worse, I tend to lose concentration when the text is boring but needs to be translated in a hurry.
The first option is, of course, get up and do some housework, of the more loathsome kind. There seems to be an endless amount of that and you will quickly find yourself longing for the translation again.
Another useful suggestion from a friend is to change the way the text looks (only for a while, of course): change the font size or the color of the background ... but remember to change it back when you're done.
Or go to with your laptop to another part of the house for a while.
Do not, however, DO NOT nibble too much!!! That may have terrible consequences.
[Edited at 2008-10-13 17:13]
| Checking my green garden || Oct 13, 2008 |
About a year ago we were building our office and worked from home for some months. I had a chance to watch my green garden in these situations, and after 5 minutes getting rid of some weed or checking my tomatoes I was in shape again.
Unfortunately I cannot plant tomatoes in the office, can I?
Marie-Hélène Hayles wrote:
When deadlines are tight, doing the shopping isn't an option, but even then a 5-minute break helps to recharge the batteries. I usually go and cuddle one of the cats [/quote]
When a cat is home, of course
Otherwise, I play chess on http://www.redhotpawn.com
When I'm really desperate, I start flame wars about the last bug I spotted in Trados.
| Yes, fresh air!! || Oct 13, 2008 |
Ivana Kahle wrote:
open your window and try do inhale and exhale
I just lost the focus of my translation,haha, and came back to the forum to tell you about this — Ivana has already said it much better than I ever could.
Fresh air! Open the window and let the air in, it will clear your mind.
[Edited at 2008-10-13 17:58]
| ten-minute tasks || Oct 13, 2008 |
I tend to do those tasks that you leave aside because they are boring and do not require much thinking, a good colleage of mine gave me that peace of advice once when I asked the same.
Doing this is not too demanding and it has several advantages. You have less things on the back of your mind, as you manage to tick lots of staff off your things-to-do list. It also gives you a sense of fullfillment, as you are achieving quite a lot in a short space of time.
I need to do these sort of things after eating lunch.
Possible 10 minute tasks: filing, making to-do-lists, winaligning...
[Edited at 2008-10-13 18:13]
[Edited at 2008-10-13 18:13]
| | biankonera
Local time: 15:53
Italian to Latvian
| Music, fresh air and a cat || Oct 13, 2008 |
When I need to concentrate I usually put on my earphones and turn on a radio (preferably the kind where the talking is minimal). Works for me perfectly however its not an option for people who like to work in total silence.
In cases when Im stuck I just go for a walk. If the deadline is too tight I end up spending a bit of time on the balcony and/or with my cat.;)
| adapt your work schedule to your strengths/weaknesses || Oct 13, 2008 |
Hi, Paty, I've got ADD, too--fairly mild and not diagnosed until I was in my 30s. One of my most valuable coping tools is to just accept that this is the way I work--I have hours when I zip through 1,000 words, and hours when I don't get a damn thing done, interspersed throughout the day.
I don't do well being restricted to a rigid 8-hour work day because I can't really put in 8 hours of productive work in a row--instead, on a full day, I may work from 6:30 am to 8:00 am, take care of some family business, work for another good stretch, then do other stuff, etc.--oftentimes working from 8 pm to 10 pm at night not because I'm working "overtime," but because I've only been working on and off earlier during the day.
I also tend to be working on multiple projects at any given time, some longer-term and some small, so I can switch projects if I'm feeling bored with one.
The other thing that sometimes helps is to change physical environments, and when I'm really distractable, finding an environment with no internet and just highlighting all my "dudas" so I can look them up when I'm back online again.
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| | Vito Smolej
Local time: 14:53
English to Slovenian
| I fall asleep ... || Oct 14, 2008 |
"What do you do when you can't concentrate?"
... I just dont know what comes first
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