Pages in topic:   [1 2] >
Poll: How long after you first sit at the computer do you actually start working?
Thread poster: ProZ.com Staff
ProZ.com Staff
Local time: 14:57
SITE STAFF
Oct 18, 2010

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How long after you first sit at the computer do you actually start working?".

View the poll results »



Direct link Reply with quote
 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 23:57
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Right away... Oct 18, 2010

because by the time I get online the coffee is already sitting on the desk...so that there's no need for any delays.

Btw reading and answering incoming emails is part of the job.


Direct link Reply with quote
 
xxxInterlangue
Angola
Local time: 23:57
English to French
+ ...
10 minutes Oct 18, 2010

right after a glimpse at the headlines.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:57
Member (2007)
English
+ ...
Assuming this means ".... first thing in the morning" Oct 18, 2010

After lunch, it's (almost) immediate. But first thing in the morning there's a time that can't really be classed as work, although some is work-related.

There are all the emails that have arrived during the night to be opened, read and acted on as necessary.

There are the bank accounts to be checked. I do this most days of the week for my most frequently used accounts as I like to have some nice surprises in the morning, and I like to avoid nasty surprises that arrive too late - if some payment has gone out that I'd forgotten about, best to take action immediately.

Then, I like to have a quick look at what has been going on here at ProZ while I've been busy sleeping.

By that time, I've finished my cereal and the tea is there waiting - down to work!


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Noni Gilbert
Spain
Local time: 23:57
Member (2007)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Managing your time efficiently Oct 18, 2010

At a management session recently, brainstorming on how best to use our time (and avoid interruptions), one of the pieces of advice which most caught my attention was NOT to open you e-mails when you first sit down at the computer every day. Instead you should get on with what you have got pending, thereby fending off yet another interruption.

But I tried it and although it is true that I seemed to be doing things according to priority, it had a nasty effect on my anxiety levels, and I eventually gave way and went back to my normal practices after having discovered that a very urgent e-mail had been left unattended, to my disfavour, because of this system. Of course the person who sent me that e-mail should really have followed up the e-mail with a telephone call to ensure that I had received the information (or put a "opened" alert on the e-mail).

So now I'm back to my usual habit of checking my e-mails first, and sometimes getting really sidetracked from the matters which should be in hand. The most tempting and most distracting and probably least justifiable is Proz....



Noni


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:57
Member (2009)
Spanish to English
Waking up Oct 18, 2010

I find that simple tasks like reading e-mails and planning the day are better suited to the short period before the coffee kicks in. The cognition-intensive translation process can be a struggle in half-asleep mode. And like Noni mentions, there might be that urgent e-mail that needs seeing to.

Simon


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 23:57
Member (2006)
German to English
depends Oct 18, 2010

by working, do ayou also mean checking E-mails, etc. or do you mean beginning with the actual translating task itself?

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Sonia Maria Parise  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 23:57
English to Portuguese
+ ...
First things first... Oct 18, 2010

normally I open the newspaper to check what is going on in the outside world. One never knows whether it will be worth it starting working at all!!!
Have a nice day!

Sonia


Direct link Reply with quote
 

John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 23:57
Spanish to English
+ ...
10 to 30 minutes+ Oct 18, 2010

If "work" is defined as the current document I'm working on, I'd say 10 minutes to half an hour. It is a bit of a battle to decide whether emails are worth answering first thing in the morning or not. I usually do though, and that's something I think clients appreciate.

An exception might be that I like to scan El País to find out what´s going on and keep up on Spanish vocabulary.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 23:57
Member (2008)
English to Italian
within 10 minutes Oct 18, 2010

wake up, breakfast and news, start working.
Otherwise waking up early would be pointless.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Annamaria Amik  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:57
Romanian to English
+ ...
Within 10 minutes Oct 18, 2010

Which means that I set my clock to half an hour before I actually have to start working (so that I don't miss the early morning deadlines): fifteen minutes for pressing the snooze button + a few minutes for preparing tea + a few minutes for reading e-mails/news.
So it's about ten minutes after I start my computer and actually sit down (this may vary). Most of my clients are in the same time zone (or a few hours behind), so most of them are not even awake to send me e-mails so early.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 00:57
English to Russian
+ ...
right away Oct 18, 2010

If I have work to do why should I waste time?

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:57
Member (2007)
English
+ ...
Is this from when I switch the computer on? Oct 18, 2010

If it is, I'd have to add at least 15 minutes for it to wake up! Every day it seems to whirr for a little longer before it's ready to respond to anything I do.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Evonymus (Ewa Kazmierczak)  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 23:57
English to Polish
+ ...
checking the outside world first Oct 18, 2010

Sonia Maria Parise wrote:

normally I open the newspaper to check what is going on in the outside world. One never knows whether it will be worth it starting working at all!!!
Sonia


exactly


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:57
Member (2006)
Portuguese to English
+ ...
Depends... Oct 18, 2010

Various factors play a role here.
I will clean the "lint" out of my inbox, read messages, respond to clients (I suppose some of that IS work), first, then usually spend some time reading the weather an dnews.
However, if I already have a large project working, continued from the previous day with a quickly looming deadline, of course, I am more likely to get started quickly.


Direct link Reply with quote
 
Pages in topic:   [1 2] >


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

Moderator(s) of this forum
Jared Tabor[Call to this topic]

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Poll: How long after you first sit at the computer do you actually start working?

Advanced search






memoQ translator pro
Kilgray's memoQ is the world's fastest developing integrated localization & translation environment rendering you more productive and efficient.

With our advanced file filters, unlimited language and advanced file support, memoQ translator pro has been designed for translators and reviewers who work on their own, with other translators or in team-based translation projects.

More info »
BaccS – Business Accounting Software
Modern desktop project management for freelance translators

BaccS makes it easy for translators to manage their projects, schedule tasks, create invoices, and view highly customizable reports. User-friendly, ProZ.com integration, community-driven development – a few reasons BaccS is trusted by translators!

More info »



Forums
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search