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Poll: How far is your workplace from your bed?
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Local time: 11:34
Jul 3, 2008

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Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:34
Member (2007)
English to Spanish
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I like this poll Jul 3, 2008

I answered "same apartment".
You know, a couple of years ago my husband gave me a very nice pair of slippers for Christmas. When I asked why he had chosen this gift, he replied: "I thought you could use some new work shoes".
In fact, we have an ongoing joke about my "work clothes".
Have a nice day!


Reed James
Local time: 15:34
Spanish to English
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Seven paces Jul 3, 2008

I have long legs and take big strides, so it could be more for others. My office is just across the hall from the bedroom. Very convenient.


Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:34
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Two locations... Jul 3, 2008 13 km away (our office), and in another room at home for work in the evenings.


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:34
Spanish to English
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About 1 metre from the bed. Jul 3, 2008

Until recently I was living in a villa, with a large garden and pool, which I shared with a friend. However, after about 9 months he decided to go back with his ex and left me with a high rent that I couldn't afford to pay on my own. As a result, I'm now renting a tiny room (with no air conditioning) in another friend's house in the city until I can find something with a bit more space, or someone to share a villa with, as I know of several available but they are all too expensive for me to pay on my own right now.

The funny thing is, even in the villa I had my office in my bedroom that way I could work late at night or early in the day without disturbing anyone else.

BTW:) Anyone interested in sharing a villa about 30 minutes from the centre of Valencia, Spain, can get in touch through my proz profile.icon_smile.gif


M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:34
English to Polish
Same room Jul 3, 2008

After reading the question, and before reading possible replies I have glanced at the distance between my bed and my desk to see if it's more or less than 1 meter.

It's lessicon_biggrin.gif



Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:34
Member (2002)
English to Spanish
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42 stairs steps above Jul 3, 2008

In my house, I have to climb exactly 42 stair steps to reach my workplace from bed. I do this many times a day as the kitchen is on the lower floor where food and coffee is prepared.


vicksy nurhayati  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:34
English to Indonesian
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2 workplaces Jul 3, 2008

A nice pollicon_wink.gif

I have 2 workplaces actually: one is next to my bed, only two or three steps further.

The other is in the living room. I love this place so much, I can drink, eat, watch TV, keep an eye on my kids while they're playing and stare into my garden at the same time!icon_biggrin.gif



theda  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:34
German to French
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2 meters Jul 3, 2008

which is more then it used to be, I just moved to a bigger place. I try to keep work away from my bedroom and my "office" is in the living room, 3 steps away from the kitchen. This is a thing I do love about my job, working in my pajamas, working nights instead of days if I feel like. The bad part of it is that the office never closes.icon_wink.gif



Kathryn Litherland  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:34
Member (2007)
Spanish to English
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I work throughout the house Jul 3, 2008

I do have an official office space with a desk (which is on a different level of the house), but I actually work at that desk less than 10% of the time, I'd say. Sometimes I do work in bed, sometimes I do work at my husband's desktop, which is in the bedroom. A lot of time I work at the coffeetable in the living room, sometimes at the dining room table, sometimes outside in the gazebo--I even sometimes work when we're on the road and my husband is driving.

I know a lot of people say that having an office with a door you can shut is key for a home-based worker, but as the parent-on-duty for kids who are of only semi-independent status, it doesn't really work well that way. If my attention is needed--and it will be needed!--I'd rather already be there in the hub of things rather than getting dragged away from my hidey-hole to take care of things. I generally only hole up in my office when I'm on deadline pressure and my husband is around to "hold down the fort" in the main part of the house.


Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:34
Member (2006)
Russian to Hungarian
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8 floors Jul 3, 2008

Funny pollicon_wink.gif
My flat is in the 2nd floor and my small office is on the 10th. If I return, I do not work at home. It's simply impossible. This is the beginning of the second (third) shift: washing, ironing, children, etc. (I have 4). As there is the same telephone number, anyway the clients find me any time and the kids finally get used to this situation.
Sometimes I can go upstairs early morning with my coffee, as the office is the only one place where I can smoke and have 5 minutes of silenceicon_wink.gif
Have a nice day, Liza


Claudia Aguero  Identity Verified
Costa Rica
Local time: 12:34
Spanish to English
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Three places Jul 3, 2008

For more than ten years I used to work at home in a tiny office. Then, my psychologist and my physician urged me to find an office out of the house. So, I have a new office that is about 1/2 from home, where I spend most of the day and night. Some nights and weekends, I continue working on my tiny home office. Depending on the job, I also work in my bed despite recommendations that I should use the bed only to sleep, not for other purposes (I hasve serious sleep disorders).


savaria (X)
Local time: 20:34
English to Hungarian
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3 metres Jul 3, 2008

My workstation is just about 3metres away from my bed.In the very same room I also have a radio and a television with 44 channels.


Diana Arbiser  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:34
English to Spanish
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From one floor to 100 miles Jul 3, 2008

I work both as an interpreter and translator, so I do about half of my work from home, when I translate and when I interpret in phone hearings/conferences. My office is downstairs, my bedroom is upstairs.
When I interpret on site, though, I drive (of course!), and I have done assignments as far as 100 (or more) miles away.
Furthermore, it so happens that sometimes I'm on the go, but I know that I'll have time in between hearings, so if I have to finish translation work, I'll take my laptop with me to work outside of the house. That would be anywhere with wi-fi, to have access to online resources (which include our dear Kudoz).
So this distance concept is quite impossible to define in my situation.


Sundar Gopalakrishnan
Local time: 00:04
English to Tamil
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Same house! Jul 3, 2008

My workplace is near the fridge! I can't afford to rent an office. Should I get someone to share rent and other expenses I may rent a small office.

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