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Poll: What time do you usually get up on working days?
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Vibeke Degn-P  Identity Verified
Norway
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5-6 Apr 17, 2010

It is amazing the amount of work I manage to get through from 6 until the phone starts ringing at 9. These are my "money hours"!

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Maria Drangel  Identity Verified
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usually after 9... Apr 17, 2010

I wish they would ask how late I work in the evening instead... I am very available for my clients in the US most of them are 7 hours behind me...



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Alma de Kok  Identity Verified
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4.30 Training Apr 17, 2010

I have to get up at 4.30 and leave at 5 to bring my son to his swim training. I am back at 6 and start working, and I agree with Vibeke: working without the telephone ringing is a blessing. But if he is not training, I usually work very late and get up at 9....

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Valeria Lagos Gordon Downie
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another early bird here Apr 17, 2010

No matter what time I got up, I just cannot work in the afternoon/evening. When I'm very busy, I can manage a few hours, say from 2 til 5pm, but I much prefer getting up at 5 and working before the family wakes up. Those are my best hours, as Vibeke said.
Then I take the children to school, which is only 5 minutes away but normally takes no less than 30 min. to get there, say goodbye (I always have to stay for a few minutes with them) and coming back to work. Then I have 4-5 hours until they come back at 2 (fortunately, my phone does not ring very often and almost never for work-related issues. I hate the phone). And that's normally the end of my working day. There is no way I could work after dinner, like some people I know, I'm just too sleepy and would not be able to concentrate. And anyway, our bedtime is around 10pm.

[Edited at 2010-04-17 13:16 GMT]


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Denise Boehning  Identity Verified
United States
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6 am Apr 17, 2010

During the week I get up at 6 am and check my emails first thing, so I can reply to all my European clients right away. Then I drop the kids off at school and head back to work until usually 1:30 - 2:00 pm, then its off to pick up the kids from school and usually after dinner I go back to work until who know when.

Being a freelancer is certainly a struggle and there is not such thing as 9 to 5.


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Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
United States
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My answer is somewhat deceptive Apr 17, 2010

I get up at 7-8 on working days in order to get my daughter to school. These are my 'working days' because I have less interruptions, but I am not naturally an early riser. I tend to stay up late at night so that I can get work done ahead of the next day.

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PRAKAASH  Identity Verified
India
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Prefer to work during night times Apr 17, 2010

Hi,

I prefer to start work when everybody is slept and it's sure that no guests will be there to disturb.
When I start translation, I am drowned into the text to grasp meaning of each word and each sentence to convey it correctly in my languages.
However, I prefer to have morning breeze early at 5-6 A.M. in the morning if time permits. I do get the chances, when I have worked overnight and had to take chilling break.

Have a great day ahead!


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Apr 17, 2010

Whenever I wake up and feel like getting up. The earliest I get up is about 8 am, but I usually get up some time after 9 and don't usually switch my phone on until 10 am (Spanish office hours).
Sometimes I may work until very late at night if I have a deadline. Today is Saturday, 20.30 in the evening and I'm working on a 6K job due Tuesday, so will probably stop about 22.00 and chill out a bit. I want to finish the job before Monday because I need to do the IVA on Monday and would like to go into town tomorrow night for a while...
I don't have to worry about school runs or other parenting duties so could actually take a whole day off any time I felt like it... which is nice:)


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Patricia Rosas  Identity Verified
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maybe it's a Norwegian thing? Apr 17, 2010

Vibeke Degn-Petersen wrote:

It is amazing the amount of work I manage to get through from 6 until the phone starts ringing at 9. These are my "money hours"!


I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw how late people get up! I'm of Norwegian descent (50%) and I'm usually up between 5 and 6 (7 days a week), so maybe it's a Norwegian thing?!

The only exception is in the dead of winter, when the sun rises after 7. Then I usually sleep until first light. In a few weeks the heat will be intense here in Arizona, and I'll be getting up around 5 (if not before) so that I can get the dogs and me out on the trail for a hike before getting back to the computer.

Patricia


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Brannigan
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Intrigued Apr 17, 2010

Patricia Rosas wrote:

Vibeke Degn-Petersen wrote:

It is amazing the amount of work I manage to get through from 6 until the phone starts ringing at 9. These are my "money hours"!


I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw how late people get up! I'm of Norwegian descent (50%) and I'm usually up between 5 and 6 (7 days a week), so maybe it's a Norwegian thing?!

The only exception is in the dead of winter, when the sun rises after 7. Then I usually sleep until first light. In a few weeks the heat will be intense here in Arizona, and I'll be getting up around 5 (if not before) so that I can get the dogs and me out on the trail for a hike before getting back to the computer.

Patricia


I'm intrigued. If you get up that early, what time do you go to bed?? If I wake up at 6, I crash at half 10/11. If I'm Milan, I wake later and go to bed a LOT later. When I'm in Sicily, I wake up a lot earlier so I can go out walking/running before it gets too hot. I have to nap in the afternoon though otherwise I'm shattered - dinner is at 9/9:30...

Good poll Dalibor.


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
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I chose "after 9 am..." Apr 17, 2010

...but "after 10 am" would be more precise. My best work hours are from 10 pm to 3 am. It's cool and quiet, with no phone ringing, and my husband is asleep. My brain is awake, juices flow, and I can concentrate completely. When I get sleepy, I go to bed; if needed, I take a nap in the late afternoon.

Our kids are grown and gone, so whenever life allows me, I work the hours that suit me.


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Dai Kodato
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Up at 7 Apr 18, 2010

As long as I can remember, I'm up by 7 am.
Then I spend about an hour getting ready, and then spend another hour checking news and websites.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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My intentions to get up early don't seem to work out too well... Apr 18, 2010

I had this idea that I wanted to get up early, before 7 a.m., maybe go over to the beach before work for a bit, etc., etc. Well, it was a lovely idea, but I don't seem to be able to pull it off. I guess I'm just a night owl, maybe from so many years of play in jazz clubs! I can't seem to get into bed before midnight, and then I usually lie there awake, sometimes for a couple of hours. I might wake up at 8:30 a.m., but then I lie in bed for awhile and usually doze off again! I haven't really worked this out and don't know if I ever will!

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Norwegian night owl Apr 18, 2010

I'm half Norwegian, too. But I'm more like Amy.

I do my best work at night when there are no interruptions, so I have a sleep deficit if I don't sleep late in the morning.


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