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Poll: What do you usually do when you receive no job offers for a particular day?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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All of the above, none of the above... Mar 3, 2011

It depends on my mood! A bit of cleaning the house in the morning, some administrative work, browsing around my favourite shops and a movie maybe...

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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I get out ... Mar 3, 2011

I do something that involves not sitting in front of a computer. Whether it's grocery shopping, window shopping, having a haircut or taking the dog for a walk. Then I start to feel guilty and do the housework.

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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
Italy
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Mainly, time for my hobbies... Mar 3, 2011

I generally go out, walk, go to the gymn, spend time with my daughter.

But it depends on my mood, on the season (for example, it is snowing at the moment!) on how many things I have to (I must) do apart from my translation projects.



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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Mar 3, 2011

I take the opportunity get on with the rest of the work in hand before anything does come in. Then there's doing the books, cleaning, cooking, gardening, shopping, exercising the dog, and a long list of other things to do, such as finding out more about features I have never taken the time to discover in the software I use (believe it or not I just found out about the thesaurus function in Word this week, after using Office for almost 2 decades...)

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David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
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Other Mar 3, 2011

most of the things listed, but none with particular priority - though I feel a certain psychological barrier at the idea of doing anythuing that take sme too far away from my computer and the mail box!

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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
Turkey
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Writing my novels Mar 3, 2011

I write novels. I love writing very much. Non-stop writing is important for me. Translation/interpreting or writing novels. Then i love uninterrupted writing and work. Plus, naturally short breaks...


Saludos desde Anatolia
Anadolu'dan selamlar


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Anabel Canon
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Precisely Mar 3, 2011

David Wright wrote:

most of the things listed, but none with particular priority - though I feel a certain psychological barrier at the idea of doing anythuing that take sme too far away from my computer and the mail box!


I couldn't agree more!


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Touch wood Mar 3, 2011

fortunately I have not had that problem yet. And when no job offers arrive, I always have work on that has to be translated anyway. All other leisure time is spent with the family, but then it is planned.

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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
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Other Mar 3, 2011

Any of the above! But it doesn't happen often enough!

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Most of the above plus others Mar 3, 2011

1. Study for my classes
2. Go outdoors: walk dogs, chat with neighbors
3. Get groceries, do other errands
4. Garden
5. Go to the gym
6. Bookkeeping, clean up files on my computer

I have paid someone to clean my house for over 50 years. Other than tidying up, I wouldn't know how or where to begin.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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A little of everything plus Mar 3, 2011

I do a little of everything mentioned here.

Additionally, I'm fixing up my place and am also
working harder on promoting my other career as
a writer.

There's hardly ever a moment when I sit down
to do just "a little nothing". Especially now
that spring seems to be coming here, I spend
as much time as possible to "springerize" my
balcony.


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Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
United States
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similar to others Mar 3, 2011

There's always:

  • administrative stuff: bookkeeping, collections work, running backups;

  • marketing: bidding on proz, firing off résumés, networking; or,

  • domestic chores: cleaning house, grocery shopping.


If/when that's all done, I:

  • exercise: go out hiking/walking, bicycling, skating;

  • hang out with my kid;

  • do something creative: play guitar, paint, write something in my blog (http://baldwinsoftware.com/blog/), redesign my website(s), work on improving one of my programs (http://www.baldwinsoftware.com), or

  • study something, my languages, cultures, programming (always more to learn).


And, if all else fails:

  • catch up on sleep (not quite sure what that is...);

  • read a book;

  • social life? (not quite sure what that is...);

  • fishing.



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Anna Katikhina  Identity Verified
United States
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if it happens Mar 3, 2011

i will catch up with bookeeping.

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andres-larsen
Venezuela
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I help my colleagues in the translation networks Mar 3, 2011

I help my colleagues with some of their queries in the translation networks (www.proz.com and www.translatorscafe.com)

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