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Poll: What distracts you most often while working?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "What distracts you most often while working?".

This poll was originally submitted by Anne Lee

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David Young (X)  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 12:15
Danish to English
Internet Jun 1, 2009

Usually because I google a term to get more background information and then come across something so interesting, and then there is a link .............
And then half an hour has flown byicon_smile.gif


 

Oleg Osipov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 13:15
English to Russian
+ ...
Nothing Jun 1, 2009

Nothing distracts me. I am all alone at home and the cat is agreeable.

 

Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 12:15
Spanish to English
+ ...
People wanting my time Jun 1, 2009

It's always going to be just a minute of my time, or it's an exceptional case or...

And half of them could have been dealt with by other colleagues, and indeed need to be dealt with by other colleagues, but I'm up against the Spanish mentality that people have to talk to the boss in order to get things done, even if that is more time consuming for all concerned.


 

Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:15
English to Japanese
+ ...
Combination of everything except TV, but including Jun 1, 2009

Avon Lady and Jehovah's Witness.icon_biggrin.gif

 

Sonja Kroll  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 12:15
Member (2008)
English to German
+ ...
Emails! Jun 1, 2009

Mails, usually around twenty, but more like fifty on a busy day excluding spam, mostly little but urgent add-ons to current projects (thus no read-only mails).
More often than not my customers keep me busy until their offices close. I'm not at all used to working in peace during daytime. Must admit I thought this were sort of normal.icon_frown.gif


 

Kristina Radziulyte  Identity Verified
Lithuania
Local time: 13:15
Member (2006)
English to Lithuanian
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spam emails Jun 1, 2009

I voted "phone calls/emails", but phone calls don't distract me so much, unless I'm in an extreme rush to deliver the job, which happens very rarely. My real 'enemy' though is SPAM, as I pay attention to every email I receive, and when it appears to be a spam, I get frustrated.

 

Miroslav Jeftic  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:15
English to Serbian
+ ...
Internet Jun 1, 2009

Because it's always one click away.icon_biggrin.gif

 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 12:15
Member (2008)
English to Italian
family Jun 1, 2009

My children call me, my mother in law (my personal baby-sitter) does not understand that I work so she thinks she can call me any time she needs something useless, my girlfriend, who yells at her mum telling her not to disturb me, usually asks me questions every 5 mins.

A nightmare

[Edited at 2009-06-01 12:32 GMT]


 

Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 06:15
Member (2009)
French to English
+ ...
internet.. Jun 1, 2009

it's always on, always there...emails too, sometimes.

 

Renee Lizotte  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 12:15
French to English
+ ...
Listening to PRI Jun 1, 2009

I love to keep up with current events. I don´t have satellite (yet!), so I usually listen to the radio online. Sometimes I become engrossed in the programs and can stray off task. Luckily, there is always an easy remedy for that.icon_wink.gif

 

Rosa Cabral  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:15
English to Italian
+ ...
myself Jun 1, 2009

I have a hard time sitting down and concentrating sometimes as other things are going on in the mind. Once I actually sit down and start I am fine despite I do get up and stretch very often (bad back!). Also, I like my work and immediate area to be clean and organized so I cannot start until it is tidy and all put away in its proper place!

 

Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 12:15
Member
Spanish to English
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Internet and the search for equivalence Jun 1, 2009

Doesn't it ever happen to you that you've "almost" got it word-pat, but can't be satisfied?

And before you know it, you've accumulated a mini-thesis on one measly term others would simply bash into the sentence with a sledgehammericon_biggrin.gif (you know it, but have to find out).


 

Kathryn Sanderson  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:15
French to English
Internet Jun 1, 2009

It's always there, and when I get to a difficult place, I can't always summon the discipline to keep working. I look for relief and yes, ditraction, on line...and get way more than I ever wanted!icon_smile.gif

 

Anke Formann  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 12:15
Member (2008)
English to German
+ ...
Social Networking websites Jun 1, 2009

Since I am involved in a lot of translations of all sorts of social networking and sharing websites (which most of the time are connected somehow) I often need to check how something is translated on a particular site to make sure I use the correct translation for mine.
My inboxes are usually full of invitations to snowball fights, drinking games, quizzes, and whatnot - five minutes later I look at the clock ... and an hour has passedicon_smile.gif


 
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