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Poll: While working on a big and stressful project, do you see your sleep affected?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "While working on a big and stressful project, do you see your sleep affected?".

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Andrea Teltemann  Identity Verified
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Yes Feb 16, 2012

Yes – in the sense that I don’t get enough sleep as I work until late at night. Otherwise a stressing project will not prevent me from sleeping.

 

xxxInterlangue
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No Feb 16, 2012

Not really. I dream a lot or remember more about dreaming.
Small projects can be more stressful than big ones.


 

Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
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Yes Feb 16, 2012

Actually my sleep is affected by having too much work in general (be it small or big projects).

 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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No Feb 16, 2012

I don't find big projects necessarily stressful in themselves. I only lose sleep if projects (large or small) are not going according to plan.

 

Mike Sadler  Identity Verified
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Agreed! Feb 16, 2012

Mary Worby wrote:

I don't find big projects necessarily stressful in themselves. I only lose sleep if projects (large or small) are not going according to plan.


 

David Wright  Identity Verified
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Stressful? Feb 16, 2012

I should have put other, since I don't find projects stressful. If I find myself worrying about a project I get out a diary and enter exactly when I'll do what - and in practically all cases it becomes clear that I can easily cope. If not, I get someone to help me.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Yes, it's affected, but not by size of project Feb 16, 2012

I like long projects, and they are usually less stressful because the mysteries get solved as I go along. But I do get very tense sometimes, and this affects my sleep. Two things that stress me are very tight deadlines and trying to translate while working with tricky formatting. The formatting can stress me more than the translation.

The only complaints I ever get from clients have to do with formatting. Some clients want a perfect mirror image of the original regardless of the challenges, down to type sizes and fonts. Others have special requirements that are tedious to comply with. I dislike being distracted from the linguistic part, which is what interests me.

[Edited at 2012-02-16 10:13 GMT]


 

Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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It is the other way around! Feb 16, 2012

If my sleep is disturbed unduly, this affects my performance on large and stressful projects.

Big projects, however stressful (within reason), do not affect my sleep. I learnt long ago that there is nothing I can do about anything whilst sleeping except sleep.

I clear my mind before closing my eyes, and generally sleep well. Not even earth tremors wake me.icon_smile.gif

Off-topic, the worry associated with late payments does have me up at 03:00 from time to time.


 

xxxjacana54  Identity Verified
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Unfortunately Feb 16, 2012

my sleep is affected by pretty much anything! So I tend to put it down to age rather than to any specific projecticon_frown.gif

Lucky you, Allison, I should learn to clear my mind!


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Feb 16, 2012

= Yes, but not only with large or "stressful" projects. I tend not to get stressed with projects per se but with unrealistic deadlines, demanding formats or uncommunicative clients/authors. When busy, I get up earlier and may sleep fewer hours than when I'm not. It's all relative.

PS. In fact I'm doing one now, and to do so I had to get up 2 hours earlier than usual, and it also took me longer to get to sleep last night as I was still thinking about translation things when I went to bed, although I watched an episode of Sherlock before retiring, to disconnect a bit...

[Edited at 2012-02-17 07:17 GMT]


 

Natalia Pedrosa  Identity Verified
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Feb 16, 2012



[Edited at 2012-02-16 11:53 GMT]


 

Venkatesh Sundaram  Identity Verified
India
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Other - mostly tight deadlines Feb 16, 2012

This morning I got up quite early (4 15 am) to complete and send off a project meant for a client in a time zone a couple of hours ahead of mine - he had to submit the docs to his client early in the morning. Most of the work had however been done by a fellow Proz member residing in a time zone a few hours behind me - and I am sure she stayed up late to complete her work - many thanks to her! The project itself was neither unduly large nor complicated - just that our client had very little time to get the work done in.
Cheers from sunny Delhi
Venkatesh

neilmac wrote:

= Yes, but not only with large or "stressful" projects. I tend not to get stressed with projects per se but with unrealistic deadlines, demanding formats or uncommunicative clients/authors. When busy, I get up earlier and may sleep fewer hours than when I'm not. It's all relative.


 

Filipa Plant dos Santos  Identity Verified
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It's the formatting! Feb 16, 2012

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

Two things that stress me are very tight deadlines and trying to translate while working with tricky formatting. The formatting can stress me more than the translation.



[Edited at 2012-02-16 10:13 GMT]


I have to agree - it's the formatting every time! Like when you click on a text box and EVERYTHING DISAPPEARS! only to re-appear 6 seconds later...... and the deadline is WHEN? That's the stressful part - the translation is fun!


 

Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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No, because... Feb 16, 2012

I try to avoid stressful projects as much as possible, whether they be long or short. And yes, it's the formatting that can usually be stressful rather than the content. In any case, I don't accept jobs that are so far outside of my areas of expertise that I would feel stressed trying to do them.

 
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