Poll: On average, how many emails do you send each day (including answers)?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "On average, how many emails do you send each day (including answers)?".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Loads Nov 25, 2012

Certainly more than 15!

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Loads as well Nov 25, 2012

On a quite day, around about 40, and when things are burning, up to 100!

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Teresa Borges
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More than 15 Nov 25, 2012

for sure, but I do not think I have ever arrived at 100, as Michael!

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Nov 25, 2012

Probably somewhere between one and ten.

Off topic, is it just me, or does anyone else find questions like this pointless and rather irritating? I mean, who wants to know this kind of information, and why?


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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11-15 Nov 25, 2012

As an average from Monday to Friday.
If 100 is the new benchmark, then I have possibly hit it once.

Not exactly off-topic: I am just wondering if other vary their responses, or have a handful of stock phrases ranging from "yes, I really want this job" and "no, this is a job from hell which I would not touch with a bargepole"?


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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When do you guys find the time . . . Nov 25, 2012

to translate?

If I'm dealing with a client, sometimes a bunch of short e-mails fly back and forth at the beginning of an assignment, but other than that, I thought I was spending too much time at an average of 6-10 e-mails a day. It definitely cuts into my work time.

My work only generates e-mails at the time I take the job on and when I deliver it. I should say that most of my jobs are long, so I don't have frequent contact with clients.


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Around 10 Nov 25, 2012

At the very most.

And the majority of them are in Japanese which takes much, much longer to type.
It's a cinch typing in English compared with Japanese which is by far a different kettle of fish -- with 2,000 daily use characters to choose from icon_eek.gif and loads of homonyms to make mistakes with. And, don't forget varying levels of politeness depending on the situation.

If I had to write around 50 e-mails in one day, I would have no time to translate. I suppose I'd be a fantastic letter writer, though. icon_biggrin.gif


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Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
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With Muriel Nov 25, 2012

I answer e-mails re offers, and sometimes three or four fairly quick exchanges are needed to settle price and terms of payment. Occasionally, another exchange or two is needed if I can't initially open the documents to be reviewed/translated.

But once I've actually accepted an assignment, I'm on my own.

And I typically am not deluged with offers of work that I feel obliged to respond to, especially if we discount mass mailings and other messages that I can instantly see are of no interest (e.g., some aspiring author in Argentina wants their novel translated at a rate that would come out to something like $5.00/hour).


[Edited at 2012-11-25 12:46 GMT]


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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10+ Nov 25, 2012

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

to translate?

If I'm dealing with a client, sometimes a bunch of short e-mails fly back and forth at the beginning of an assignment, but other than that, I thought I was spending too much time at an average of 6-10 e-mails a day. It definitely cuts into my work time.


Sometimes I'm amazed at the number of emails I've sent during the day, especially when dealing with more than one client / new assignment. This does take a lot of time, even though I try to keep these emails down to the "bare necessities".

Fortunately, my friends understand that it sometimes takes time before they hear back from me.icon_smile.gif


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Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
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One liners Nov 25, 2012

Despite my occasional long posts, I am actually very much in favour of brief pithy e-mails dealing with one point per e-mail. So I send bucketloads of them. I firmly believe that recipients rarely read beyond the first sentence of a communication. Having taken myself as the example, that is!

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JaneD  Identity Verified
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Fewer than I thought, but more than most Nov 25, 2012

"Only" about 15-20 per day... (not including non-work emails) but now I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong if I need to exchange emails that often when clearly a good number of my peers don't!

Most of these are "Yes I can do this one" type messages to a couple of regular clients, but all the same, I'm surprised that this seems to be on the high end of the range.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon... Nov 26, 2012

...my work as a translator (and complementary activities) is far more important than spending a minute counting how many emails I send each day.

Is this poll some sort of silly OCD screening mechanism?


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Damien Poussier  Identity Verified
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Almost Nov 26, 2012

Mario Chavez wrote:

...my work as a translator (and complementary activities) is far more important than spending a minute counting how many emails I send each day.
Is this poll some sort of silly OCD screening mechanism?

No, I'm just trying to determine who is bitter enough to whine about it.


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