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Poll: During December, does your workload usually:
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It increases dramatically Dec 6, 2006

My work load increases dramatically in November and December. Then it all comes to a standstill in January. Maybe all these clients are doing their end of the year rush.

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French Foodie  Identity Verified
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year-end race Dec 6, 2006

It's the monthly equivalent of the Friday phenomenon - everyone seems to want to get things wrapped up before the end of the year.
But I don't mind - goes hand in hand with all the spending I do at this time of year


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Romina Minucci
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I can't say Dec 6, 2006

... every year is different, it depends...

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Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
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No pattern at all Dec 6, 2006

As for my language pair, there is no pattern at all across the months of the year.

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Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
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Panic-stricken clients Dec 6, 2006

It often starts in Sept/Oct an then increases steadily until mid-December.

During the first two weeks of December we get a "double Friday ration" every day. Clients are like panic-struck because they have "discovered" some important documents, or even need a 64 page brochure translated before 31st Dec and so on. Quite a few enquiries which are simply not possible.

Then all of a sudden, 4-5 days before Christmas the big quiet comes, when many clients are on Christmas parties or maybe rather concentrate on mulled claret than on office duties.

Erik

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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
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Only got two hands ............ Dec 6, 2006

Can't do more than I do volume-wise in any given month, regardless of year-end demand, so for me it effectively stays the same.

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Heike Reagan  Identity Verified
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The demand is higher Dec 6, 2006

but I have to agree with Lawyer-Linguist, I can´t take on more than I can handle...

Last year, I had a few inquiries to work on/over the actual Christmas day(s) but I definitely declined those.


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Sybille  Identity Verified
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For me Dec 6, 2006

the race also beings every Sept./Oct. right to the last day before Christmas (23.12.). It seems as if everyone finds out what still has to be done to have a good and quiet time during the Chrismas holidays (company holiday up to the New Year).


And January will be veeery quiet, with almost no inquiries at all.


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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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Much higher Dec 6, 2006

Even that it goes crazy in December. Then plummets in January. Tantalizes in February. Thankfully, back to normal by March

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Giovany Rodríguez Monsalve
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It really increase! Dec 6, 2006

Fortunately my workload increase in high proportion.


It's because I have more time to spend in translations, especially because in this month I am on vacation.

So, you can handle more translations at the same time.


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Melanie Nassar  Identity Verified
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It's a small world Dec 6, 2006

I see the same pattern from so many different places. I can already say that I too have already been and am going to continue to be busy all through December, as usual. Then most likely January will be a lot less hectic.

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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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Stays the same Dec 6, 2006

But I always get 2-week+ projects that span the holiday season. I should be on a 25k chunk from 14 Dec until 4 Jan to close this year.
As long as I can have 25 Dec, 1st Jan (even 2 Jan if the hangover is really bad) and WEs off, I don't mind.
Best wishes,
Philippe


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Different holidays, different schedules Dec 6, 2006

Heike Reagan wrote:
Last year, I had a few inquiries to work on/over the actual Christmas day(s) but I definitely declined those.


On principle, I usually work Dec. 25 the same as any other day, unless it falls on a weekend. It's tricky enough finding time to take off my own holidays. If I start adding other people's I'll never get anything done.


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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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If only I was God... Dec 6, 2006

...then I could do all the work I am being offered each year in December - and sooner or later become a millionnaire!

Alas, I only have 10 fingers and can't use them all simultaneously. So we'll just stick with working full time and overtime. Maybe one day, I will learn to speed-talk and Dragon will be able to follow and I will make my year in just a month. 'Till then - Happy Holidays!


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