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Poll: When was the last time you had a quiet spell (work-wise)?
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Jan 31, 2011

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "When was the last time you had a quiet spell (work-wise)?".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Depends on how you define a quiet spell Jan 31, 2011

I've had the odd quiet day or two in the last few months, but I don't think I've had a quiet week in the last year!

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David Wright  Identity Verified
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depends on definition Jan 31, 2011

My definitition would be a day when I have absolutely no work to do; and that is indeed many many moons ago!

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xxxInterlangue
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Right now Jan 31, 2011

After a very intensive period, I went through the desert for 2 weeks, not one single line in the second half of January - the previous empty spell was 15 years ago and lasted only one week.

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Mami Y.  Identity Verified
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Just a week before last・・・・・ Jan 31, 2011

Now I am recovering lost work days!



[Edited at 2011-01-31 09:04 GMT]


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Claire Cox
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9 months ago Jan 31, 2011

... which was probably when I posted the idea for this poll. I was unaccountably quiet last April/May after a very busy year prior to that and it's been hectic ever since. You just never can tell... After 20+ years as a freelance, you'd think I'd have learnt by now not to panic and enjoy the rest days when they come, but that professional insecurity just never goes away. A couple of days without any work and I start to wonder what I've done wrong - silly really, when I'm usually turning stuff away left, right and centre.

[Edited at 2011-01-31 09:24 GMT]


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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Time limits Jan 31, 2011

It depends on how long you consider it should last before it's declared so.

Sometimes, just a couple of hours, maybe up to a couple of days. Otherwise I'd never have managed to build a considerable part of my web site, wouldn't have time to proactively approach new clients, nor learn to use new software.


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Claire Cox
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My understanding of spell Jan 31, 2011

By spell, I suppose I had in mind at least a couple of days. A few hours barely gives you time to draw breath, put the kettle on and take the dog for a walk! Of course, it can extend as long as you like (or don't like ...).

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keelin feeney  Identity Verified
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After the summer holidays Jan 31, 2011

I've taken the last dry spell to be when I was last actively looking/waiting for work and it took a few days... This was when I got back from my extended holiday (ie. honeymoon!) last summer, contacted my clients and had a quiet enough 1st week back while waiting for a real flow of work.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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long ago Jan 31, 2011

when my wife and I went on our honemoon to Bali two weeks long, but since then, have never had a period where I could say that it was quite and relaxing the whole time.

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Chun Un  Identity Verified
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Last April Jan 31, 2011

The work volume was down to about a third of the normal. Have no idea why.

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Sonia Hill
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Last November Jan 31, 2011

I've been working full-time for over nine years, rarely having more than the odd quiet day here and there. All of a sudden, last November, work just dried up and I barely made enough to cover childcare costs. I got quite worried and couldn't understand why it was happening. I should have just enjoyed the free time, because things have been really busy since then!

[Edited at 2011-01-31 11:45 GMT]


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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
Turkey
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every 2-3 weeks... Jan 31, 2011

I go to my village on Taurus mountains every 2-3 weeks. I enjoy it Wonderful, beautiful... I love nature esp. rural areas.


Saludos desde Anatolia
Anadolu'dan selamlar


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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After vacations Jan 31, 2011

I took time off twice last year, and each time it took me a week or so before the work started coming in.

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Stephanie Mitchel  Identity Verified
United States
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30% Jan 31, 2011

Well, with 30.9% so far saying they're in one now, I'm slightly heartened. After working straight up til midnight on Christmas Eve, I've had a very slow January. I'm trying to use my time constructively, but I must say it's still nerve-wracking. Usually this only happens in August.

Stephanie


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