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Thread poster: Ali Bayraktar
Ali Bayraktar  Identity Verified
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Aug 8, 2008

Hello Colleagues,

Sorry in advance if this subject has been discussed before in Forums.

As we all know that most of us, as against to other professions, have advantage to create our own working atmosphere while we are doing our jobs.

So my question is about those working conditions:

Which conditions help you to increase your productivity, creativeness and to feel yourself more comfortable?

Best Regards,

M. Ali


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Wolfgang Jörissen  Identity Verified
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Tea tea tea Aug 8, 2008

gallons of tea

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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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We cannot all create our own working atmosphere Aug 8, 2008

I like it quiet, ideally, but quite often there is noise from all directions, that I do not have any influence over. It used to be a lot quieter in an "official" office in the town.

That apart, I like an insect-free office ideally, but when chafers fly in through the window and land on the photocopier and there are millions of moths fluttering about this year....

Astrid


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Ms.Straus  Identity Verified
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That's the way I like it Aug 8, 2008

My favourite working environment:
Two computers & three monitors (all mine! nobody touch!), a large cup of coffee (no snacks though), a huge bowl of water, a headset, and good music.

My back-up working environment (for when my office gets too crowded):
A nearby coffee shop, my laptop, and a USB modem (mobile internet access).

I listen to opera when working as it helps me concentrate (weird, I know). I sometimes play music from computer games; I particularly like SimCity soundtracks.


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xxxPeter Manda
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little alcohol Aug 8, 2008

I like to work in a friendly environment, with well-regulated temperature, and good lighting.

If I'm working with other colleagues then I like to work with people who really love their work but see it as a hobby and a way of making money; that is, they are not obsessed by it.

And, most important, the best atmosphere to work in is where the colleagues are not obsessed about which bar they are going to go to that night and what party they are going to crash on the weekend.

[Edited at 2008-08-08 13:36]

[Edited at 2008-08-08 13:41]


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Coffee shops Aug 8, 2008

I love the flexibility of being a freelance translator!

About twice a week, I take my laptop to my favorite coffee shop and see if there's an armchair available in a back corner of the place (where no one can look over my shoulder and see what I'm working on).

Usually I work faster and better in that environment than at home. The energy of the crowd keeps me focused (as do the small amounts of caffeine in the iced decaf coffees). Fortunately, their sound system plays mellow mid-20th century jazz, which isn't distracting. Plus they make a fantastic turkey-and-provolone sandwich.

I lived in that neighborhood for 18 years, so I get to take short breaks when old friends wander through. The shop has free wireless internet, so I can still consult my main online resources. If a project is particularly hard and my brain starts to fry, I can go to the nearby gym to do a half-hour of cardio, and then come back to the project. It works wonders.

I still work here at home three or four days a week. But the only jobs I really prefer doing here are those that require specialized paper dictionaries that are too heavy to carry around.

[Edited at 2008-08-08 14:18]


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texjax DDS PhD  Identity Verified
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my way Aug 8, 2008

absolute silence
fresh air
plenty of natural light
plenty of space
a big window overlooking the trees
uncluttered desk...well...actually that's a dream most of the times, I admit
bare feet (I live in Florida, I can do it 360 days a year)
frequent coffe breaks (with espresso, not the US brown water that they have the boldness to call coffee..)
frequent Proz-breaks (this site is borderline addictive)
I think that's it

Ciao, have a nice day and a super weekend!

[Edited at 2008-08-08 15:37]


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Miguel Garcia Lopez  Identity Verified
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Water, and "Solo Piano Radio" Aug 8, 2008

A lot of water,
and solo piano music, it helps me to concentrate
I found a perfect streaming radio for this : www.solopianoradio.com


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Eleni Makantani
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News non-stop! Aug 8, 2008

texjax DDS PhD wrote:


plenty of natural light
plenty of space
a big window overlooking the trees
uncluttered desk



Well, that's for me, too. Plus several cups of coffee or tea and the TV playing the news non-stop!!!

The best thing is that to me, it's not just a dream, but my routine!


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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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My way Aug 8, 2008

An ergonomic chair, great lighting, coffee (only sipping away at it, so only a little) and music.

Fortunately, my office has air conditioning, so no matter the weather, I can concentrate. I can live without air conditioning, but working in wet heat is a tough thing, so I'm glad I can set the "mood".

The more practical ingredients are having my dictionaries close enough that I don't have to get up to fetch them, being alone in my office (no distractions), not having a TV set (I am addicted to news and working with the TV on can be very counterproductive for me) and muting the phone. My clients are conditioned to communicate through e-mail, so they can reach me easily - I only ever get personal calls (with some telemarketing and fake lottery calls mixed in), so I can safely mute the phone.

Also, taking regular breaks away from the desk is a must. First of all, you need to get up and stretch once in a while (and this includes your eyes as well), second, doing something else for five minutes (going to the store to get milk, reading an article in a magazine, playing a bit with the cat, etc.) can refresh your concentration when you sit back down at the desk.


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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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No brown water Aug 8, 2008

texjax DDS PhD wrote:

frequent coffe breaks (with espresso, not the US brown water that they have the boldness to call coffee..)


Ditto. However, after a while making espresso, I give up - it does take more effort than brown water. But I never touch the brown water. Whoever came up with that? Instead, when I'm too lazy to make espresso, I use instant columbian, which I can mix the way I like it, unlike brown water. If I want something strong, I can make it. And if I feel like super tasty coffee, I put a shot of Bailey's, Grand Marnier or scotch in the cup... mmm-mmm-mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
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5-o'clock beer Aug 8, 2008

Only one. Freezing cold. At seventeen hundred.
Only then can I carry on for another couple of hours if need be.
And if I've finished my day, I drink it all the same.

Disclaimer:
Alcohol can make you behave like an idiot and write silly messages when consumed without moderation.
Do not start drinking, except for productivity boosts.
Do not increase the dosage.
My opinion is mine and does not reflect this site's views on alcohol consumption. Or anybody else's for that matter.

Endorsed policy:
I commit not to translate only for breweries.

Hips,
Philippe


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xxxPeter Manda
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flexibility Aug 8, 2008

Steven Capsuto wrote:

I love the flexibility of being a freelance translator!



Yes! Without a doubt - the flexibility ... that is the prime and most wonderful thing about this line of work. This morning I was able to go shoping, help my wife with our son who has a cold, wrap up after two days of intense translating, and set the stage for the next batch of intense work.

I should try the WIFI coffeehouse corner bit too; it sounds like a really great way of changing the atmosphere and not being locked in all the time.


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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UK similarity Aug 8, 2008

texjax DDS PhD wrote:
absolute silence
fresh air
plenty of natural light
plenty of space
a big window overlooking the trees
uncluttered desk...well...actually that's a dream most of the times, I admit
bare feet
frequent coffee breaks (with espresso, not the US brown water that they have the boldness to call coffee..)
frequent Proz-breaks (this site is borderline addictive)
I think that's it



Agree.

And a plentiful supply of San Pellegrino. My addiction.


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texjax DDS PhD  Identity Verified
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Buongustaio! Aug 8, 2008



And a plentiful supply of San Pellegrino. My addiction.



Oops... errata corrige: Buongustai!

Viktoria Gimbe wrote:

And if I feel like super tasty coffee, I put a shot of Bailey's, Grand Marnier or scotch in the cup... mmm-mmm-mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!


You guys are true connoisseurs!



[Edited at 2008-08-08 23:37]


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