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Poll: Which is your most productive season of the year?
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Beatriz Galiano
Argentina
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Fall, winter, spring and summer Oct 24, 2007

In that order, fall is nice, cool while summer is too warm, hot, here in Argentina. I prefer cool weather, then days are a lot better, more productive, because I feel fine.

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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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Fall and spring Oct 25, 2007

I get much of my work from universities and/or professors, who live by the semester here. Summer is too hot, as Beatriz says; I don't feel like working, and besides, all my potential clients are traveling. And in the winter, Puerto Rico virtually shuts down for the extended Christmas season (at least from Thanksgiving through the "Octavitas," eight days after Epiphany; often longer). I don't get nearly as much work then.

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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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Other Oct 25, 2007

My (client-dependent) productivity goes by month rather than season. April and May are fairly dead, due to too many bank holidays and their corresponding ponti, as are the two weeks around the 15th of August. February and July tend to be totally manic.

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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Hibernate and work Oct 25, 2007

My most productive season is definitely winter. The days are short and, once it’s dark and cold out, there’s not much more to do than settle in for a long spell of work. That means working 7 days a week nearly every week. (Just an aside for Northern Europeans: Yes, it really does get dark and cold down here in “sunny” Spain, in spite of what the tourism agencies might have you believe.)

I always say that I work in the opposite way to ants, bears and squirrels. I store up in the winter so I can be lazy in the summer. “Lazy” generally means I take every Friday off in the summer and enjoy a long weekend. As they say here, “Summer is for living”.


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Andres & Leticia Enjuto  Identity Verified
Argentina
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Random Oct 25, 2007

In the last times, we have seen a random variation of the amount of work we get. It used to slow down during Northern summer season (and also Christmas, of course), but not anymore.

For example, this year July was our record, whereas July 2006 was very poor, and January and February were excellent, reverting last year's tendency.

So we just work hard when we have to, and relax a little when we can (doing some marketing and paperwork), and close for our own holiday time when we decide to, no matter how many words come our way.

Take care,

Andrés


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Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
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This probably depends on a lot of variables Oct 25, 2007

such as specialization, main client country, language combinations, etc.. For example, annual management reports are predictable, depending on how the business year is organized. Then, here in Spain things are expected to be quiet in January, but that's about the time the traffic from abroad jumps up for me. I've tried monitoring by language combination, but other factors incide in that. After so many years at it I still can't figure if there IS a general seasonal pattern that applies universally. All I see are the little reasons, the local reasons, the circumstantial reasons....

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