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Poll: Do you usually accept job deadlines set for Monday early morning your time?
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May 30, 2010

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you usually accept job deadlines set for Monday early morning your time?".

This poll was originally submitted by Cristina Heraud-van Tol. View the poll results »



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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Absolutely! May 30, 2010

The only thing that's worse than a Monday morning deadline is one for Friday COB. I'm always so stressed by the end of the week that the last thing I want to be worried about is rushing to proofread a translation at the end of the day. I would much rather use my week-end to look it over and deliver it at my pace.

In fact, quite often negotiate Friday COB deadlines and change them to Monday. I start by asking tentatively if they really need it for the week-end, and they have never once said "Yes."


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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Yes May 30, 2010

Why not?

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Mette Melchior  Identity Verified
Sweden
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Morning deadlines vs. afternoon deadlines May 30, 2010

I generally prefer morning deadlines to afternoon deadlines for the same reasons that Muriel mentions.

You avoid the stress of having to finish the project for a certain hour in the afternoon and can continue a bit longer if that should be necessary. You then also have the possibility to go over it again or perform a final check early in the morning before delivering the translation.

So I also often try to change EOB deadlines to the following morning if I feel it is a bit tight. And not only on Friday afternoons


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Definately May 30, 2010

Sophie Dzhygir wrote:

Why not?


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Yes May 30, 2010

Since I claim to provide a 24/7 service, I'd be foolish not to....
I find weekend socialising hectic and over-rated, and much prefer doing something worthwhile, with the added bonus of being able to take a break when the job is delivered.
Shopping malls and beaches are quieter during the week too...


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Claire Cox
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Yes May 30, 2010

I've never understood why clients ask for delivery at the end of Friday afternoon anyway, as invariably they've clocked off early when you do return something. Like the others, I always ask whether first thing Monday would be possible - and it usually is.

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Victoria Burns  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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It depends May 30, 2010

....on any number of factors, such as when the job comes in, how big it is, what other work I have on, any firm plans I have made for the weekend, etc. Generally I accept early Monday morning deadlines and try to get the job finished by or over the weekend, so there's no Monday morning rush.

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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sure May 30, 2010

morning deadlines mean working late....so i just work as late as I have to and sleep in on Monday.

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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
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Unless the job comes on late night Sunday and is over 10 pages May 30, 2010

Monday morning is OK. I accept any deadline if it does not require me to translate more than 10 pages a day (approx 250 words per page) for over two consecutive days. I mean I can accept, say, 30 pages for two days, but not 45 pages for three days

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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Peru
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Sometimes May 30, 2010

I proposed this very long ago, and I believe the phrasing was changed. It should be something like: "Do you usually accept job deadlines set for Monday early morning your time (when the job was sent on Friday evening)?, but probably it was too long. In this way you know you are ruining your whole weekend. Parties, walks, outings, visiting a friend, everything canceled.

I do only sometimes. This is because it means I should work during the weekend, and it can be really busy around here. My both children are free from school so they want attention and we always try to go out, take them to shops, games, etc., we visit their grandparents on Sunday, on Saturday there are often meetings or birthday parties where we have to take/pick up the kids, etc. So if I can forecast these events, I normally decline Monday morning deadlines.

Not to mention working for some Peruvian agencies/companies which obviously know that they are sending me the file too late and want to 'force' me to work on weekends. This really makes me upset. Fortunately as a freelancer, I am able to decline jobs.


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Sandra B.  Identity Verified
Portugal
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It depends... May 30, 2010

If the client offers a weekend rate, maybe yes. If not, only if I get that job in a week day that allows me to finish it if by friday EOB (but I only deliver it on the deadline agreed).

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Michaël Temmerman  Identity Verified
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depends May 30, 2010

I also prefer morning deadlines, but always try to avoid working during the weekend. I'd rather spend time with my partner than to sit in front of my computer all the time. If I already had plans for the weekend, there's no way I would accept a weekend job that would require more than a couple of hours of my time.

This being said, it's rare that customers offer me weekend assignments which really require weekend work. Usually, a translation that comes in on Friday evening, will be due on Monday around noon, which then gives me time to do the job on Monday and not during the weekend.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Suits me just fine May 30, 2010

Being the night owl that I am, early morning deadlines are fine with me any day of the week. This means I can work in the evening or at night if I want to.

Since I live alone and am basically quite reclusive, working on weekends is also fine with me, so I like early Monday deadlines. If I were a lot younger and had kids I'm sure I'd feel differently about this.


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Yes, I do... May 30, 2010

... and I will take a break during the week.

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