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Poll: Do you keep a diary?
Thread poster: Staff Staff
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Apr 21, 2012

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you keep a diary?".

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Teresa Borges
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Yes Apr 21, 2012

I keep a professional diary, though I am not sure this is what you are asking about...


Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Clarify, I'm not Bridget Jones or Adrian Mole Apr 21, 2012 I don't keep any kind of personal diary talking about the latest pair of shoes I bought.

On the professional side, I keep records, not a diary as such, more a collection of files organized in a folder.


Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
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Both paper and electronic Apr 21, 2012

Sure, I keep my notes written on my agenda, so I can have an overall situation at a glance (near the keyboard, under the mouse, on the sofa: sometimes they disappear...) and I also keep some electronic sheets to note down any important date and event.
A file for professional events and a file for family-private stuff.

To tell the truth: notes everywhere, I like writing things!


Irene Acler  Identity Verified
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Professional diary Apr 21, 2012

I have a professional "diary", let's call it like that, where I note down all the projects, files, clients' data etc.

I don't keep a personal diary at all, I don't like writing stuff like that!


Isabelle F. BRUCHER (X)  Identity Verified
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Meaning, please ? Apr 21, 2012

According to

diary ['daɪərɪ] noun

“record of events” ▶ journal m (intime)
[for engagements] ▶ agenda m

■ to keep a diary : tenir un journal
■ I've got it in my diary : je l'ai noté sur mon agenda

So the expression "to keep a diary" normally refers to "keeping a record of events", not a document "for engagements". A "journal intime" is something intimate, indeed. So I am not sure I understand the question well in a professional context... More context please ! (Is this a Kudoz?...)icon_smile.gif

After checking: the Asker's mother tongue is Dutch, not English, which explains the misunderstanding.

Upon further checking, the multiple choice seems to refer to a document "for engagements" (agenda in French):

Yes, an electronic organiser
Yes, a paper diary
Yes, both an electronic and a paper one
Other - N/A

Well, most people have Outlook Calendar, so the Asker probably wants to know if people use other electronic organisers, what brand and model and if they are satisfied/dissatisfied with the tool - am I right ?

I do not use any other electronic organiser than Outlook Calendar and I do not have the time to use my paper organiser any more, plus it would be redundant and it has no automatic reminder which pops up in my screen like the Outlook Calendar, which I find very useful.

[Edited at 2012-04-21 10:03 GMT]


Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:59
French to English
Diary (sense, professional agenda) Apr 21, 2012

I replied yes, taking the question to mean diary in the sense of professional agenda. In fact the word 'diary' was less of a problem for me than the ambiguity of the expression "keep a diary" which to my British English ears means "journal".
So yes I do have a professional diary, or whatever you want to call it, in which I note appointments and so on. With telephone, computer etc, beeping all over the show for important unmissable events, which I generally tend not to forget anyway, I like the simplicity and unfailing inconvenience of a paper diary. It does not need batteries, does not represent a great interest to potential thieves and is as speedy to consult as anything which goes beep-beep and lights up.

I love technology but centralizing in one unbreakdownable source takes a lot of beating!


Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Yes... Apr 21, 2012

Teresa Borges wrote:

I keep a professional diary, though I am not sure this is what you are asking about...

... if that's your question.icon_smile.gif


Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:59
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Are you organized? Apr 21, 2012

Is how I interpreted this question. A diary or personal organizer is one way of being neat and tidy.

If anyone saw my office, they'd have a fit. It looks like a bomb just hit it. icon_eek.gif
Everything in my head and on the computer, however, is very ship-shape.

Happy translating!


Alison Sabedoria  Identity Verified
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Paper diary plus desk log Apr 21, 2012

I have a small paper diary for noting both personal and professional stuff - at least if it's all in the same place, there's less chance of things clashing.

There's an exercise book on my desk where I log my work details every day: what I'm working on, progress, "to do" list for the next day...

It helps me when I'm working for three clients at once, and should anything happen to me, someone else can see at a glance what is going on. The system was tested recently when I was rushed off to hospital. Once the initial panic was over, my boyfend knew straight away which client to call and had no problem sorting things out (I do like the idea of having a handsome male secretary).

Mind you, the recent scare brought home to me that my personal papers are much less organized and I really ought to sort them out!

[Edited at 2012-04-21 17:18 GMT]


Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
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Not a diary Apr 21, 2012

But yes, I use Outlook to keep track of my past, current and future events. I sync them with my iPhone and it works just fine.


Johanne Benoit-Gallagher  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:59
Member (2006)
English to French
I use different means to stay organized Apr 21, 2012

I wouldn't do without my white board and iCal (synched between iPod and computer) to track work related tasks. I much prefer to use electronic tools for work and to keep paper formats for creative projects.

As far as a diary interpreted to mean a more personal record, I keep an art journal. It's a visual collection of what I learn, want to learn, creative writing, etc. I also have a small book in which I write ideas for future projects, usually revolving around the topics of business development, art and translation.


Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:59
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German to English
No Apr 22, 2012

I have a calender on the wall for anything important, but I donet have the time to write any stories.


keelin feeney  Identity Verified
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Yes - paper Apr 22, 2012

Yes, I use one and the same paper diary/agenda to note down all my projects and appointments/meetings, whether personal or professional, on a daily basis so that nothing clashes and I have an immediate record of everything.


Interlangue (X)
Local time: 18:59
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Said no Apr 22, 2012

Because I understood the question as a diary to write my "private prose", which I do not keep. I write to friends and family instead.
I do have a calendar or notebook (several acutally, all paper) for planning purposes: short notes or reference numbers to projects, meetings, visits, appointments, etc. with dates.

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