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Poll: Can you focus on your work when other people (friends, family, etc) are around?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 08:36
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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It depends Jul 1, 2013

on my mood, on who is there, on the type of work, on the deadline...

 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:36
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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it depends Jul 1, 2013

With Teresa, depends on many factors, type of work, deadline, time of day, ambient temperature and noise level, etc.....

 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:36
Member (Apr 2018)
French to English
It depends! Jul 1, 2013

Mainly on what they are doing and how much noise it involves.

I don't need total silence and I do like to know other people are around for when I feel like a break. I can always shut the door if things are really getting hairy.


 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:36
Member
German to English
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Again, it depends ... Jul 1, 2013

It depends who is around, what they are up to, how urgent the work is, etc.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 09:36
Spanish to English
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Depends on who's there Jul 1, 2013

In general, I find people being around while I'm supposed to be working a distraction.
However, it depends who we are talking about. I have one friend/colleague who is usually either working or studying too when she comes to visit, so she can do that in the guest room or anywhere else really and we don't get in each other's way. Then I have other friends or colleagues who come because they want to interact socially, so they tend to interrupt my work to a greater extent, but most of the people who know me also know that I'm likely to be working at any given time and try to respect the fact. Hardly anyone ever drops in unannounced, and even when family or friends on holiday come to stay, they make the same allowances.


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 16:36
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
No Jul 1, 2013

Absolutely not

I need the peace and quiet of my own private space, with the emphasis on private.

Sorry, but I'm a total grouse if people are even in the same room as me when I'm trying to get things done and they are an obstacle to my tunnel vision. Grrrrr

@Michael
Exactly. If friends are around, why would you be working anyway?

Corrected funny typo ("room" not "toom", sounds like "tomb" quite apt)
Also, added last line.

[Edited at 2013-07-01 10:46 GMT]

[Edited at 2013-07-01 13:24 GMT]


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:36
Member (2006)
German to English
It depends Jul 1, 2013

but to be perfectly honest, I do not work when "friends" are here. No point really!

 

Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:36
German to English
Draft quality only! Jul 1, 2013

It's the old Feng Shui thing... there is nothing more futile than trying to concentrate fully when someone is sitting behind you trying to be quiet!

Just about acceptable for a first draft, but when I am doing the final draft "I vont to be alone" as someone once said...

Steve K.


 

Filipa Plant dos Santos  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 08:36
Member (2011)
Portuguese to English
I, too, Vont to be alone Jul 1, 2013

Can't be listening to people chatting and ignore it - too difficult!

Children playing in another room is fine, but actual words that have meaning - no, can't do it, I have to listen to the words, and then I want to join in the conversation!

Not that this is a situation that often happens in the lonely life of a translator, I suspect.......


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 16:36
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Daft quality Jul 1, 2013

Steve K. wrote:

It's the old Feng Shui thing... there is nothing more futile than trying to concentrate fully when someone is sitting behind you trying to be quiet!

Steve K.


Nice one, Steve!

Quality is pushed aside and takes second place if there is 1 too many person in the room. "Daft" quality results. I don't Vont that! icon_smile.gif

Julian H.


 

Pierluigi Bernardini  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 09:36
Member (2011)
English to Italian
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Other/it depends Jul 1, 2013

... on what they are doing. If the are talking (to me or not), or doing everything else, I may get distracted, while if they are around me and silent I generally cope well.

However, to be sure, I work better when I am alone.

[Modificato alle 2013-07-01 14:08 GMT]


 

Lori Cirefice  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:36
French to English
I need silence Jul 1, 2013

Over here, productivity is entirely dependent on that can't-live-without-translation-tool... the lock on my office door!

Before my daughter started walking, I used to be able to work with her in the same room (we had a baby corner set up in my office back then). When she started getting into everything and developing her screeching voice, that all changed!


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:36
English to Spanish
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Silence is golden (clue the nurse) Jul 1, 2013

Lori Cirefice wrote:

Over here, productivity is entirely dependent on that can't-live-without-translation-tool... the lock on my office door!

Before my daughter started walking, I used to be able to work with her in the same room (we had a baby corner set up in my office back then). When she started getting into everything and developing her screeching voice, that all changed!



My home office occupies half of my 2-bedroom apartment (which I own). When I work, it's a no-kids, no-relatives, no-friends, no-visitors zone.

Like Lori, I need time and space to concentrate. However, silence is not always required if I am doing some quasi mechanical thing, like copying and pasting format tags, converting files, downloading assets or answering ordinary emails.


 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:36
Spanish to English
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People and noise aren't the issue... Jul 1, 2013

I can work just fine with people around, after working in-house, I actually prefer it. My problem comes from distractions in my computer, like email and proz forums (darn you all!). When I really need to focus I go to the library, a coffee shop or sometimes even a church. It's amazing how productive I become when I don't have internet access.

 
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