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Poll: Do you typically work on more than one project at a time?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Yes Oct 11, 2012

Not ideally, but needs must when the clients pay the rent...

It's called "juggling"...

[Edited at 2012-10-11 08:14 GMT]


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Tatty  Identity Verified
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No Oct 11, 2012

I work for agencies for the most part and they only give me the time I need to do the translation really. Anyhow, I do prefer just to do one job at a time. Life is easier this way.

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Jelena_Calenko  Identity Verified
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Yes, frequently Oct 11, 2012

I like working on the longer project and from time to time "switch" to other smaller projects, which allows to see the text in the longer project with the new look when returning to it.

But my "yes" doesn't mean that I simultaneously have 2 files open and simultaneously work on it


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Sometimes, yes Oct 11, 2012

I see it as par for the course and it helps break up the monotony of longer tedious documents.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Yes Oct 11, 2012

It keeps me mentally agile and, as John says, it helps break up the monotony.

With long jobs, especially, there is also the limit to the number of times that you can refuse work from other customers before they start to seriously look around elsewhere.


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Filipa Plant dos Santos  Identity Verified
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I agree!! Oct 11, 2012

Julian Holmes wrote:

It keeps me mentally agile and, as John says, it helps break up the monotony.

With long jobs, especially, there is also the limit to the number of times that you can refuse work from other customers before they start to seriously look around elsewhere.


Obviously I wouldn't take on more than I can safely deliver, but the amount of times I've been working on a very big job, which is interrupted by a smaller job, which then gets a tiny weeny job fitted into that.... well I'm sure we all do it!! Like a whale that eats a shark that eats a sardine ha ha.


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Marta Brambilla  Identity Verified
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Other Oct 11, 2012

Hi there!!!

I decided to reply "Other" as I did not want to give the impression (like someone said above) that I work simoultaneously on more than one project at a time, but sure I have in 99% of cases more than one job to deliver.

I also agree with those who say that this prevent from getting bored and keep the mind "alive". It also forces me to have a well-done time plan and to respect it ... otherwise I simply get lost!

Have a nice day you all,
Marta B.


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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Food chain Oct 11, 2012

Filipa Plant dos Santos wrote:

Obviously I wouldn't take on more than I can safely deliver, but the amount of times I've been working on a very big job, which is interrupted by a smaller job, which then gets a tiny weeny job fitted into that.... well I'm sure we all do it!! Like a whale that eats a shark that eats a sardine ha ha.


I have no idea which animal eats what, but love the analogy! Reminds me of a Christmas speciality our local butcher in Zimbabwe used to prepare: a turkey, stuffed with a de-boned duck, which was stuffed with a de-boned chicken. It was delicious!


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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Yes Oct 11, 2012

I often take 'time out' on another project between finishing the translation and starting the proofreading of another job.

And I think I've answered this question before ....


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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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always simultaneously Oct 11, 2012

Allison Wright wrote:

Filipa Plant dos Santos wrote:

Obviously I wouldn't take on more than I can safely deliver, but the amount of times I've been working on a very big job, which is interrupted by a smaller job, which then gets a tiny weeny job fitted into that.... well I'm sure we all do it!! Like a whale that eats a shark that eats a sardine ha ha.


I have no idea which animal eats what, but love the analogy! Reminds me of a Christmas speciality our local butcher in Zimbabwe used to prepare: a turkey, stuffed with a de-boned duck, which was stuffed with a de-boned chicken. It was delicious!


should be delicious, sure
It is so funny each day to read some interesting information/facts, this prevent from getting older/bored and keep the minds fresh

Back to the topic: I always work simultaneously on different files, switching my brain from one to another and.. I have no other option to survive.


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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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I answered "No, never"...but.... Oct 11, 2012

...that's not entirely accurate, but it is rare, it's just not how I roll.

Typical bloke - can't multi-task


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Berna Bleeker
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I try not to Oct 11, 2012

I'd much rather work on one project at a time.

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
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yes, not unusual Oct 11, 2012

when I'm working on a large project, I don't overload myself but will take other smaller jobs. I get quite a few editing and localization jobs from a regular client. they're usually small and rush jobs but they add up and they're good clients, so I don't mind helping them out if they need something done fast. It breaks up the monotony and of course, a few extra dollars!

I think that Zimbabwe dish is called "turducken" and has become popular at thanksgiving, although I have never tried it.


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Gallagy
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Yep, quite often Oct 11, 2012

especially, as others have said, if working o a longer project when another small or urgent job comes in. It's juggling balls and trying to keep them all in the air and everybody happy! Just did this yesterday in fact and actually got both jobs sent off.

I'll rarely have both open on screen simultaneously though. However, working on one may jog the brain into giving me a word I've been searching for in the other document so I end up opening it.


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