Off topic: tight deadlines - a nightmare! how does your work affect your dreams?
Thread poster: Leena vom Hofe

Leena vom Hofe  Identity Verified
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Jul 7, 2007

Hello there...

I have just got up to finish a translation, I will have to deliver on monday. So normally this is nothing to haunt me in my sleep, but this morning I had a dream... It wasn't exactly what you'd call a nightmare (as I had to laugh out loud when I awoke), but something quite near a nightmare...

I seemed to have caught some virus, was sick and did'nt feel well. Somebody told me I was ill with some very, very contagious virus.
And now guess what my first thought was about! No, nothing in the kind of: Oh my... will I ever be well again? Or: oh... I hope I have not given it to my husband... or something like!

My first thought was: Oh no... and I will have to deliver those contaminated files by monday!!!

As if my "antivirus" would have let THAT pass...

Although this was a kind of fun-nightmare, I imagine there might be dreams worse than mine... So I thought I might open a new discussion on the lighter (or here: harder?) side of translation: How does your work affect your sleep and your dreams?

I send you wonderful dreams wherever you are...Don't work too much, ok?

[Edited at 2007-07-07 12:57]

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Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
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Something similar Jul 7, 2007

When I am working on a tight deadline, I start dreaming about words that I need to check. Once I dreamed that I handed in the work and then realised I had used the wrong translation. This was so vivid that when I got up to finish the actual work, I actually checked my file for this word. A real nightmare!

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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
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Nightmare... Jul 7, 2007

yes, I oftern dream of working all night, just to wake up an realise that it was just a dream and that all the hard work done was a waste of time...

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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Deja vu? Jul 7, 2007

I dreamt that I had seen this before:, except that it was more a question of "How do your dreams affect your work?"


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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
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Figures wake me up Jul 7, 2007

More than translations, doubts or deadlines, there's one thing that really wakes me up, at any time. That can be at 2 or 3 o'clock and I start preparing invoices, sending reminders of late payment for 3 or 4 hours, then I can sleep again.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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My dreams don't change, but... Jul 7, 2007

When I'm in the middle of a heavy workload, when I go to bed and close my eyes, before I fall asleep I see (behind my closed eyelids) a computer screen with words marching across it!


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Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
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Terminology Nightmares Jul 8, 2007

I attempt to help out a lot of other translators on other websites with their terminology questions. I have nightmares about terms which seem almost impossible to translate, as if I never will find the most accurate translation. After all that pressure that I put on myself in my dream, I always seem to be able to come to a conclusion about the translation, and then my sleep becomes peaceful once again.

I often dream that I'm scrolling down page after page of my translation work as I'm making my revisions.

My sleep is mostly disrupted, however, when I know I have set my alarm for only 5 hours from bedtime because I have a 120 page project to start and want to get a headstart on it, as early as possible. I always have a hard time getting to sleep on such nights and the next day I could have been more refreshed and more productive. The first day of a big project is usually the hardest anyway because you realize that it's all still ahead of you.

[Edited at 2007-07-08 01:44]

[Edited at 2007-07-08 01:46]

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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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stress nightmares Jul 9, 2007

When I'm under pressure I have a kind of recurring dream that I've forgotten to do some job, or that I've done it but forgotten to send it. It's almost like a subconscious dream underlying whatever I'm *really* dreaming about, because I can never remember the details (I have no idea if it's the same dream every time or variations on the same theme). But when I wake up I still have this sensation of having forgotten to do something, and even when I realise it was "that dream" again I still have a kind of low-level anxiety until my deadlines calm down again.

It's quite bizzare - reading this thread made me realise I'd actually dreamed this again at some point this weekend! I'd forgotten...

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Nicole Martin
Local time: 07:44
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Only when I'm stressed out Jul 9, 2007

When I worked as a project manager, I was under more stress and had to deal with deadlines every day, so I dreamed about work much more. My dreams usually involved fixing one problem only to have another pop up in its place, making corrections and then having them undo themselves, delivering a huge project and realizing it was all wrong...basically, all those fears and frustrations that are in the back of your mind when you're awake!

Now my job is a lot less stressful and I'm usually not faced with tight deadlines. But I can tell when I'm getting stressed out because I start having bad dreams about work again. Recently I had a huge project and not much time to work on it. So the night before I started this project, I dreamed that I went into work, finished the whole thing in just a couple of hours, and then relaxed the rest of the day...only to find out I hadn't really finished the project and I was now a day behind. That was some good motivation to work extra hard the next day so my dream didn't come true!

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Alec Battles
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Put these valuable dreams online Mar 4, 2008

Wow, these are some interesting dreams. It would be neat to see them posted on, because there's searching/matching functions there.

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