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Jocelyne S  Identity Verified
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Translating versus Proofreading or Editing Dec 12, 2008

I can go much longer translating without a break than when editing or proofreading. With the latter, I invariably need a break at least every hour whereas with the former I can go for two or three hours at once without seeing time fly by.

A break does not necessarily have to be very long; just a few minutes to ensure that my concentration is full on when I turn back to the text at hand.

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Jocelyne


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María Leticia Cazeneuve  Identity Verified
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Fifteen minutes? :D Dec 12, 2008

Ok, every hour will do...

Have a nice weekend!


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webred
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Rest of the day Dec 12, 2008

I take a break when I feel I need to, or when I have to take the kids to or from school.

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Hard telling. Dec 12, 2008

Whenever I am stuck.

Other than that, I need regular breaks because my eyes are making problems. At times this can be every two hours, at times I can work six hours straight. It's unpredictable.


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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Who's counting??? Dec 12, 2008

As Jocelyne says, it really depends what I'm doing. With some of the complex revisions I do I need a break every 10 minutes, with some translations I can go several hours without a break, some days I'm just not in the mood and I can procrastinate in a hundred different ways (like here, for example, although I've stopped working for the day now): in short, "other".

[Edited at 2008-12-12 20:22 GMT]


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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
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same here Dec 12, 2008

it varies...but i find that when i get very focused, i just completely forget what's going on, especially with rush jobs and looming deadlines. But once my neck or back start to really bother me, or I can't concentrate because I'm hungry...then it's time to take a break!

and like now...i've been in front of the screen all day. I'm going to the gym!!!


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Renée van Bijsterveld  Identity Verified
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it depends Dec 12, 2008

on the subject and the deadline: when the deadline is very tight, I don't need a break, I don't feel anything, even if it's boring material. But when I have lots of time and the subject's boring, I get hungry, my neck and my bottom hurt, I really need to take a break every 'two seconds'.

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Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
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Every two hours Dec 12, 2008

It varies quite a lot, as others have said. I think I can go for three hours without a break, but if I'm trying to pace myself for a longer period of work, a short break every two hours is a good rhythm.

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xxxLia Fail  Identity Verified
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A difference between translating and editing Dec 13, 2008

J S wrote:

I can go much longer translating without a break than when editing or proofreading. With the latter, I invariably need a break at least every hour whereas with the former I can go for two or three hours at once without seeing time fly by.

Jocelyne


I feel the same. I find that my concentration capacity needs to be far higher for revision than for (earlier phases of) translation, so although I could maybe translate for 8 hours in a day, I rarely commit to more than 5 hours a day for editing.

I also take more breaks when editing. I suppose it's becuase the actual rounds in a text are less for editing. A translation might typically take 5-7 rounds (first, second, third draft, screen read through x 1 or 2, print-read, final corrections), whereas editing is usually 2-3 rounds (a first and second round, a print read, and a final edit).

All in all, I take frequent breaks earlier on in the day, and as the day advances, I get more focused (often there are fewer interruptions later in the day) and work at longer stretches.


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Natalya Zelikova  Identity Verified
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Translating/proofreading Dec 13, 2008

The same here.
When translating I may need very short breaks, just to get up.
When proofreading or editing I may need to do a job in portions, alternating it with translation jobs or other longer breaks.

I can often work till about 2 pm without any breaks (first half of the day is far more productive time for me - I can even finish all daily volume till this time), but after that I work slower and need more and longer breaks.


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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
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you should have a break every hour... Dec 13, 2008

it's bad for your eyes, your posture, your arms and wrists...

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Jim Tucker  Identity Verified
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Disappointed.... Dec 13, 2008

....that "every five minutes" was not an option in this poll.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Define a break Dec 13, 2008

Stopping to visit the bathroom, do some household chore or other, go to bank, walk dogs... as MH says - who's counting?
Though I must admit some jobs are less captivating than others, so procrastination creeps in - which reminds me -does answering proz polls or kudoz queries count as a break too?


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lillkakan
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Irregularly Dec 14, 2008

I have no fixed scheme. I break when I feel the need to. If it happens every 10 minutes or every 4 hours depends on the task, my mood and external reasons of all kinds. Some people love to tell others what they should do or dictate when someone has to take a break, but it's really up to the individual. We're all grown up, independent people (or so one has to assume anyway). Part of the reason I'm a freelancer is that I can decide for myself when I take breaks, how long lunches I take, when I quit, when I start... I really dislike the way certain people like to impose on others what they "should" do.

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