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Poll: Have you set limits for your children/family in regard to interruptions while you’re working?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you set limits for your children/family in regard to interruptions while you’re working?".

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Paula Hernández
United Kingdom
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Not really... Mar 14, 2011

It's not easy to distract me, I can even work with the TV, radio, music on.

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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No Mar 14, 2011

I don't generally attempt to work while my children are around. It's not fair on them. And my husband is relatively well treained!

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xxxInterlangue
Angola
Local time: 10:55
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Other Mar 14, 2011

Have no children or family around the office.

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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 10:55
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Well Mar 14, 2011

I have to say that I try to fix limits to my daughter, but most of time are disobeyed.

(It's hard for a little child to observe these kind of rules)

So, I pretend to get angry (but sometimes I am actually angry).

A hard battle.


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 10:55
Member (2008)
English to Italian
tried but failed Mar 14, 2011

when my children are at home my mother in law looks after them, well she speaks to me, when they want something she says: go ask your father, so they come to me. when my wife comes home, she starts talking. That's why I said, well guys, I am gonna rent a place to work if you don't stop. And they stop, for 3 hours!!!

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xanthippe  Identity Verified
France
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other Mar 14, 2011

Other:

my office is not at home


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Caroline Lakey  Identity Verified
France
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French to English
Other Mar 14, 2011

At the moment, my office is not at home. However, in a few months we're moving to a new house and it will be, so I have all this to come!
I don't generally work when the children are around, and so I intend to have a rule that they don't go into the office unless there's a specific reason - but we'll see how that works out in real life!


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David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 10:55
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The opposite Mar 14, 2011

I set limits on my work so that I can interrupt my family (I wouldn't dream of imposing restrictions while my kids were still small, and my family is welcome to interrupt me whenever they want, as long as it's a reciprocal arrangement!)

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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
Turkey
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Yes Mar 14, 2011

During translation, my work room is holy for me. If i work, I need full concentration to my work via my favorite songs...

I haven't a family but i set limits for my neighbours and cousins.



Saludos desde Anatolia
Anadolu'dan selamlar


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Lucia Moreno Velo  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 10:55
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No longer a problem Mar 14, 2011

Interruptions were a problem when I started. People just though that if I was at home I was obviously not working. Now everybody is fully trained.

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danilingua  Identity Verified
Germany
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YES Mar 14, 2011

Hi, kid in school in the am, afternoon, when my door is closed, he knows he may only enter if it is a life threatening condition otherwise....!!!!

(of course, those situations are many.... )

It works pretty well - he knows the Playmobil currency - well used to, today it is clothes and DVDs....




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Tanya Toneva  Identity Verified
Bulgaria
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No Mar 14, 2011

I do most of my work at the office, but whenever I have to work at home too, I tend to use the time when my 2-year-old boy takes his afternoon nap (which usually is a good 2-3 hours), and/or work late at night after we've put him to sleep.
But apart from sleeping hours, I generally don't let work steal me away from my kid - I agree with Mary here - it just isn't fair on the little one!


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cuinadelletres
Spain
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This is just... Mar 14, 2011

Lucia Moreno Velo wrote:

Interruptions were a problem when I started. People just though that if I was at home I was obviously not working. Now everybody is fully trained.


...what we haven't been able to do in the 8 years since we came to live in this beautiful village.

Sadly, our office is right at the entrance of our house, and every day some neighbour or other drops in for a cup of coffee and a short (or rather long) chat. This gets worse in summer when we like to leave the door open instead of turning on the AC. People don't seem to understand there is something like deadlines...

On the other hand, it's nice, too.


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
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No Mar 14, 2011

No, I tend to work on quite long documents, so I actually appreciate a few interuptions from time to time.

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