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Poll: How do you cope with Monday mornings?
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Reed James
Chile
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Member (2005)
Spanish to English
Business is business Oct 15, 2007

I don't allow myself to treat Mondays any differently than any other day. They can be slower, at least in the morning, but then again, I never can tell.

It is important to be ready to face any task when you are available for work.


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
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A little day dreaming never hurts Oct 15, 2007

Like a lot of freelancers I work on weekends, so it sort of takes the edge off of Monday morning. Perhaps, for some freelancers the boundaries of the typical work week are slightly blurred.

One thing I do know is that on Monday mornings, I get my best, most brilliant and creative ideas for what I’d like to do on the weekend. Everything other than work seems like it would be extremely interesting (even if it’s just washing the car or going shopping). It’s sort of a morning for daydreaming.

By mid- to late-week, those ideas lose some of their glitter and take backseat to the work I know I’ll end up doing when the weekend arrives.


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Denise DeVries  Identity Verified
United States
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slow day Oct 15, 2007

Monday is usually the slowest day of the week in terms of business, with Wednesday and Thursday being the busiest, so this is the day I use for outside appointments.

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xxxIreneN
United States
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Any other day Oct 15, 2007

My calendar comes in grey and I do my own coloration.

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Margreet Logmans  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Nice way of putting it.... Oct 15, 2007

John Cutler wrote:

Perhaps, for some freelancers the boundaries of the typical work week are slightly blurred.



Nice way of saying we don't really have a typical work week, at least I don't. But I do try to relax during the weekend. I always need a little time to get back in rhythm on Monday morning, and in order to get there I need a lot of coffee too.


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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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not a morning person Oct 15, 2007

Strong coffee is how I cope with any morning, not just Monday.
Monday does start the school week, but with 2 self-employed people in the house, the boundaries of the work week are not as strictly defined as the school week.


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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
Germany
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I love Monday mornings Oct 15, 2007

It is the only part of the week when I am really on top of things - before the clients wake up! It's great fun to bombard them with all the translations that they desperately wanted me to do for Monday morning on Friday afternoon, and then sit back and see how long it takes them all to wake up and find the translations they wanted, together with all the invoices! It is the most profitable day of the week.

Astrid


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
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My best day Oct 15, 2007

Monday is my best day, actually. I ge tired around Thursday.

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Clare Barnes  Identity Verified
Sweden
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Any other Monday... Oct 15, 2007

...I'm usually on top of things and doing admin before the clients start e-mailing - but not today. I think it's because I actually took the entire weekend off and didn't even look at any work - I was completely unable to settle to anything this morning. I went for a walk with a friend before lunch, thinking that afterwards I'd have found some motivation. Nope. This afternoon I went for a run and then found myself reorganising the utility room rather than doing the work I have to do... so now I'll be sitting here all evening instead. So much for weekends being refreshing...

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Jocelyne S  Identity Verified
France
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Longer but... Oct 16, 2007

It generally takes me a bit longer to get started on Mondays simply because I tend to have a fuller email in-box to deal with after the weekend (which, force majeur aside, I do try to reserve for non work-related activities).

The overflowing in-box is of course not all work-related but email checking and replying being part of my early-morning ritual, it does tend to take me longer on Mondays.

Best,
Jocelyne


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Leticia Klemetz, CT  Identity Verified
Sweden
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They're fun! Oct 16, 2007

If you actually take Sunday off work, by Monday you're looking forward to going back to work, at least in my case. I am rested and happy. (Unless you're exhausted after months of heavy work, and you just long to have very long holidays off work)

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Rodrigo Avellar  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Days of my calendar have no name... Oct 16, 2007

Mondays, Sundays, Tuesdays, Holidays, Weekends... I really do not know these words. For a translator, the weekend is the day when he/she does not have to deliver a job by the next day.

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Mike Hunter
United Kingdom
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I love Mondays Oct 16, 2007

OK, just kidding. As a translation manager they are usually quite busy...strong coffee definately in order.

Cheers

Mike


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Iza Szczypka  Identity Verified
Spain
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Mondays? Oct 16, 2007

As I work over weekends, I recognize Mondays by one thing only - customers calling every 15 minutes. Which would be really annoying if not so profitable Still, no real work can be done till the time the prospective customers are off home.
And years ago my kids coined a handy definition of mornings - that's the time when you feel able to finally start your working day


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