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Poll: How many hours do you work per day?
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Ana Cuesta  Identity Verified
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motivation for overwork Jul 18, 2005

I am shocked at the percentage of people who works in excess of what we could call a "normal" workday, i.e. 8 hours, and would really love to have some sort of insight about their motivation... is it because the per-word rates you charge/get don't allow you to make a living/keep your desired standard of living by working just 8 hours or maybe because you find it difficult to say no to regulars and end up accepting more work than you wished for?
Any comments will be most welcome. Personally, I can translate in excess of 8 hours occassionaly, if needed, but no way I could sustain that pace for more than a few days on a row.


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Actually Jul 18, 2005

Ana Cuesta wrote:

I am shocked at the percentage of people who works in excess of what we could call a "normal" workday, i.e. 8 hours, and would really love to have some sort of insight about their motivation... is it because the per-word rates you charge/get don't allow you to make a living/keep your desired standard of living by working just 8 hours or maybe because you find it difficult to say no to regulars and end up accepting more work than you wished for?
Any comments will be most welcome. Personally, I can translate in excess of 8 hours occassionaly, if needed, but no way I could sustain that pace for more than a few days on a row.


Weekly hours might be more telling. I expect a fair number have narrowed down their work to fields and combinations that they like and are sincerely interested in to keep them going 12 hours, when they're busy. I also fall into 12 hours when I like the subject, but there are days I take off and do something else, dropping down to 4 hours or less. That implies already having worked out the rates issue (i.e., not being forced to work just because of need).

Weekly, I'd like to say I work intensively something like 6 hours a day (which is really what I consider a good target), but at this stage, too much of the workload is sincerely engrossing (i.e., pass my criteria of what I like to do).

All in all, the situation you describe might apply to some, but I wouldn't expect that to apply to people with more than 10 years of experience in the field. I mean, it can't be that bad.


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Rahdne Zola
United States
Local time: 13:52
French to English
longer hours = more days off Jul 18, 2005

Ana Cuesta wrote:

I am shocked at the percentage of people who works in excess of what we could call a "normal" workday, i.e. 8 hours, and would really love to have some sort of insight about their motivation... is it because the per-word rates you charge/get don't allow you to make a living/keep your desired standard of living by working just 8 hours or maybe because you find it difficult to say no to regulars and end up accepting more work than you wished for?
Any comments will be most welcome. Personally, I can translate in excess of 8 hours occassionaly, if needed, but no way I could sustain that pace for more than a few days on a row.


Usually my projects have a close deadline, therefore I often work more than 8 hours a day. Beyond that, I'd prefer to work many hours for a few days and be able to take "time off" later. Like you, Ana, while it's possible for me to work much more than 8 hours a day, I can only do that for about a week. After that, my productivity and efficiency definitely decreases, which can be dangerous in our profession since we need to be as accurate as can be.


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