Poll: How often are you overworked?
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Nov 10, 2013

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How often are you overworked?".

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Noura Tawil  Identity Verified
Syria
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Member (2013)
English to Arabic
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Often Nov 10, 2013

.. and it's not just because of translation assignments, but sometimes other duties "home, kids,.." have a hand in this.
I believe that one has to know when to slow down a little in areas that he CAN control, it's just not worth it.

[Edited at 2013-11-10 08:59 GMT]


 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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Highs and lows Nov 10, 2013

I tend to work intensely for a few days and then do nothing for a while. This is a habit that I'm trying to break (as I'm sitting at my desk, working, at 2 in the morning) so I can enjoy life a little more while I'm working on larger projects.

Luckily I have my amazing wife and fellow translator who can step in when I'm overworked, take over certain projects, knows the industry and likes handling all the administrative stuff. Like right now as she walked into the office and said "Get off the computer, it's 2 am. Go to bed! And stop eating all those gummy bears!"


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:00
Hebrew to English
Sometimes....like right now Nov 10, 2013

No time to comment. Have a great day folks!icon_smile.gif

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2006)
German to English
Often Nov 10, 2013

but due to my own fault really. Loads of factors, but it all has to do with time management which I am still working on.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Sometimes Nov 10, 2013

In 30 years of full-time freelancing I have never understood why translation projects have a strange tendency to come in groups: days with no work at all are followed by days when projects keep coming one after the other. Work is always irregular - it hardly ever comes in a steady flow. Sometimes you may be extremely busy and other times, well... One has to learn how to handle the ups and downs.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 09:00
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Valid point Nov 10, 2013

Michael Harris wrote:

but due to my own fault really. Loads of factors, but it all has to do with time management which I am still working on.


@Michael
Agree with you here.

But sometimes you can't tell what an actual translation will hold for you until you take a peek inside and actually get to grips with it. icon_rolleyes.gif
And, I am NOT going to read through a 100- or 200-page manual from cover to cover to find out about its little quirky intricasies beforehand. Jobs/projects can be complex and time-consuming for a whole lot of unforeseeable reasons.

Added one word

[Edited at 2013-11-11 07:39 GMT]


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Sometimes Nov 10, 2013

I tend to overestimate how much I can handle. Also, I find it hard to say "no" when a client begs me to squeeze in a new job and I already have work on my plate.

I could manage my time a little better, but I do fairly well.


 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
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English to Portuguese
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And the worst... Nov 10, 2013

Teresa Borges wrote:

In 30 years of full-time freelancing I have never understood why translation projects have a strange tendency to come in groups: days with no work at all are followed by days when projects keep coming one after the other. Work is always irregular - it hardly ever comes in a steady flow. Sometimes you may be extremely busy and other times, well... One has to learn how to handle the ups and downs.


... is that I am absolutely certain that these clients that come to me with large jobs at the same time have never heard of each other.


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2009)
English to German
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Sometimes Nov 10, 2013

There are days when jobs come in from every one of my clients, all at the same time and with mostly tight deadlines.

This is when time management sets in, because I don't particularily like to ask for an extension of the delivery deadline unless it becomes inevitable.

Usually a moment is set aside to remember the days when there was/is no work coming in or needing to be delivered. This usually does the trick.icon_wink.gif And then it's going "full speed ahead" with all required accuracy. I always try my best to pass on the feeling to each one of my clients that she oir he is the only one, because this is exactly what they are entitled to.icon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2013-11-10 16:01 GMT]


 

Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to German
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@Thayenga Nov 10, 2013

Thayenga wrote:

I always try my best to pass on the feeling to each one of my clients that she oir he is the only one, because this is exactly what they are entitled to.icon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2013-11-10 16:01 GMT]


Just a question: Why are they entitled to be the only one or feel that way?

Gudrun


 

Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 20:00
Member (2009)
French to English
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it's always feast or famine! Nov 10, 2013

right now it's feast but had a famine for a couple of weeks....
i make sure I don't take on too much or more than I can do, because the quality of work will suffer.
But the feast or famine does make it tempting...when a bunch of offers come in, you want to take them all so you can make as much money as you can!


 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:00
English to Spanish
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It happens everywhere else Nov 11, 2013

Teresa Borges wrote:

In 30 years of full-time freelancing I have never understood why translation projects have a strange tendency to come in groups: days with no work at all are followed by days when projects keep coming one after the other. Work is always irregular - it hardly ever comes in a steady flow. Sometimes you may be extremely busy and other times, well... One has to learn how to handle the ups and downs.


Actually, corporations go through similar scenarios. Why is it a surprise? Even doctors, dentists, carpenters, home decorators, bakeries and your local home improvement store go through their own ups and downs. It's called a business cycle.


 

Heather McCrae  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 02:00
German to English
the trick is Nov 11, 2013

not to specialise too much, otherwise you really are dependent on the business cycles of your customers. Having a broad customer base in different translation areas means the flow of work is a bit more even.

 


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