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Any suggestions to fight the boredom?
Thread poster: Silvia Barra
Silvia Barra  Identity Verified
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Jan 11, 2010

Hi all,
surely every one during her/his career hade to face with a boring project (boring for a variety of reasons).
I'd like to know if you have some tips & tricks to fight boredom while working.
As for me, I generally listen to music, but sometimes this is not sufficient.

Thank you and have a good - and interesting - work.

Silvia


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Sandra Petch
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Breaks? Other jobs? Jan 11, 2010

Hi Silvia,

How about taking a break every, say, hour and a half, or every chapter or so many pages? Go water the plants, nip out for some bread, check the mailbox...

If you have smaller texts to translate, perhaps you could slip one in every so often to break the monotony.

Best of luck!
Sandra


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Sabine Braun  Identity Verified
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"Reward" yourself Jan 11, 2010

Having breaks in between and "rewarding" yourself is a way to keep yourself motivated. If you work on a large (boring) project, divide it into chunks. You could for instance tell yourself that you are allowed to have a cup of coffee, make a phone call to a friend, go for a walk, eat some chocolate, go on proz.com, etc. once you have translated a certain number of pages. I know it sounds simple, but it usually works for me. You just have to find something that cheers you up every now and then. Sometimes it is the little things...:-)

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Sabine


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David Wright  Identity Verified
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get a dog Jan 11, 2010

wonderful, especially in blizzards - and really does make you get up and go out - even if you often don't feel like it at all (and helps against burglars, postmen bringing bills, neighbours borrowing sugar, carol singers - and is also, should you need it, great for flirting with opposite-sex owners of dogs.

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Brannigan
Italy
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agree with Sabine Jan 11, 2010

I agree with Sabine. You need to break your day (and the document) up. By doing so you avoid getting bored and you'll be more focussed when you are actually doing the doc.

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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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Get a CAT... Jan 11, 2010

I mean Felis cattus of course, we have enough of the others...

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Barbara Turchetto  Identity Verified
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cats...those lazy pets!!! Jan 11, 2010

believe me, cats won't help. I have three of them and they spend their time sleeping on my desk next to my pc while I am working. Looking at them surely helps relax but they are no use when you need a good reason to go on working on a boring translation!!! You just ask yourself "why am I supposed to go on instead of phoning my client and tell him/her that I have had an unexpected problem and cannot do the job?

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Susanna Garcia  Identity Verified
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BOREDOM Jan 11, 2010

Professional suicide to admit this but I put on Judge Judy and Jeremy.

Oh and my 17 1/2 year old cat distracts me by looking like she's dying every so often.


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Livia D'Ettorre  Identity Verified
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Agree with Sabine Jan 11, 2010

Ciao Silvia!

I agree with Sabine. I also have short breaks when I get bored (I'm having one right now).

Livia


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Lany Chabot-Laroche  Identity Verified
Canada
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Agree with this Jan 11, 2010

Sabine Braun wrote:

Having breaks in between and "rewarding" yourself is a way to keep yourself motivated. If you work on a large (boring) project, divide it into chunks. You could for instance tell yourself that you are allowed to have a cup of coffee, make a phone call to a friend, go for a walk, eat some chocolate, go on proz.com, etc. once you have translated a certain number of pages. I know it sounds simple, but it usually works for me. You just have to find something that cheers you up every now and then. Sometimes it is the little things...:-)

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Sabine


I usually open up a good webcomic or funny Top 10 list and tell myself I can check the next one every 100-200 segments (SDLX) or every page. Keeps me very motivated.

Agree with the cat issue, having a cat sleep or your desk or lap is NOT motivating at all, I just want to bring him to the living room and have a nap too.


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Lutz Molderings  Identity Verified
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... Jan 11, 2010

Sneak in an episode of The Simpsons..www.wtso.net/
Works for me

[Edited at 2010-01-11 20:10 GMT]


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Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
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Get two dogs Jan 12, 2010

David Wright wrote:

wonderful, especially in blizzards - and really does make you get up and go out - even if you often don't feel like it at all (and helps against burglars, postmen bringing bills, neighbours borrowing sugar, carol singers - and is also, should you need it, great for flirting with opposite-sex owners of dogs.


Agree completely with David!

Does it for me every time.


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Alison Sabedoria  Identity Verified
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Feed the birds! Jan 12, 2010

Work within sight of a window and put up a bird feeder or two. You never know, it might open up a new specialist area.

The arrival of birds is a constant delight both to me and my cat, who is NOT helpful while I'm working. This morning she walked across the keyboard, typed a load of rubbish, and deleted a string of HTML coding which was a pig to rewrite! I'm sure most cat owners have had this kind of "help". Still, it breaks the monotony.

I also appreciate the dog: we always start the day with a romp in the woods. I usually follow this with a little meditation and gregorian chant, which helps me start work energised, but relaxed and focussed. Later a nuzzle and a wagging tail will tell me when it's time to stop and go out for a walk.

I'm a great fan of the little rewards system, whatever the chore. We're still kids at heart. Just taking time out to prepare a simple nutritious meal rather than stuffing junk feeds body and soul to work better. Keeping the little chores of life going throughout the day, and making them as rich and varied as possible helps to keep "work" in perspective, and in its proper place.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
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Get a "new" office Jan 12, 2010

By rearranging furniture or machines. The effect is incredible and highly motivating.

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Filippe Vasconcellos de Freitas Guimarães  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Well... Jan 12, 2010

I'm with Lany on this one. I read a lot of webcomics during the day—I find a dose of humor also helps when I'm racking my brain, trying to make sense of a jumbled sentence or difficult term. Something about it really helps clear the mind

If you like this sort of thing, my favorite is Hark! A Vagrant (http://beatonna.livejournal.com ).


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