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Poll: Which is generally the least productive working day for you?
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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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It doesn't really work for me like that. I don't operate on a conventional Monday to Friday basis, but try as far as possible to work flat out, seven days per week, when there is plenty of work and rest when there is no work. As such, I am usually least productive on the first day of work after a few days' break and also once fatigue gradually sets in after a few busy weeks, but these could be any particular days of the week.

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Teresa Borges
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Other: No idea! Oct 21, 2014

I don’t keep this kind of statistics. Anyway, I don’t think my productivity is related to the day of the week and I'd venture to say that a large part of my productivity depends on my mood and morale: Did I sleep well? Am I too tired or do I feel good? Etc. Etc.

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Platon Danilov  Identity Verified
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the same as Tim Oct 21, 2014

Obviously it's the days when there is no work. Or in terms of work performance, it's the first day of work. Both cases are regardless of which day of the week it is.

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Monday Oct 21, 2014

I do like to work less at the weekend simply because of social commitments with those who work through the week.

Other than that, I think about 90% of my clients are in meetings on Monday morning to plan their week, then start writing Monday afternoon, so nothing much comes in until Tuesday.


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Monia Filipe  Identity Verified
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Friday is generally chaotic Oct 21, 2014

I try not to work on the weekend, because I´m a mother and have family commitments, but normally I have to work a little bit on sunday evening. Fridays are generally very chaotic for me, every client has something very urgent for the end of the day or until monday at 8 a.m. ... On the other hand, monday and tuesday are relatively calm, so I try to rest and have some time for me on these days.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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I rarely go for more than one or two days at a time without doing something vaguely work-related. My least productive day will be the one when I have least work pending in my "to-do" pile.
For example, today I don't have any "urgent" jobs in hand and am taking the opportunity to take a one PC and one laptop to my tech guy for a tweaking, which altogether will take up a few hours of my time. It involves driving to his place and back for a work-related purpose, but then again, it doesn't consist of sitting in front of the computer translating or doing admin, so I don't know if it can be considered "productive"...

PS: (Off-topic) : Since I started using Windows 7, everything I write on this website comes up underlined in spellchecker red. Does anybody know how I can switch this irritating function off?

[Edited at 2014-10-21 09:25 GMT]


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Other? Oct 21, 2014

Did I not get the memo? Is there another day of the week?

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Very good Oct 21, 2014

John Cutler wrote:

Did I not get the memo? Is there another day of the week?




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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Other - I know when I'm most productive Oct 21, 2014

When I worked in an office, I'd hit my stride on Wednesday and start to feel tired by Friday. Since I started freelancing and working on weekends, my days have become a blur. After a break, it takes me a couple of days to hit peak productivity.

Does that answer your question?


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Decipherit  Identity Verified
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Why is there an assumption that we work 6 days a week? I don't work on Saturday or Sunday so I suppose those would be my least productive days.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Other: I'm always productive Oct 21, 2014

Lisa Simpson, MCIL MITI wrote:

Why is there an assumption that we work 6 days a week? I don't work on Saturday or Sunday so I suppose those would be my least productive days.


I consider “productive” and “productivity” holdover words from a bygone era (as in How many bottles can you wash an hour, Tommy?). I am not a cog, a corporate pawn, an entrepreneur, solopreneur, transcreationist or any of that.

When I am not writing a translation, I'm always thinking consciously and subconsciously about other relationships among words, concepts, ideas, etc. that will impact my translation work later on. That thinking is always informed by what I read, from translation- or writing-related materials to the most disparate topics. I don't force my thinking into this or that direction; the brain does that for me 24/7.

So, in that sense, I'm always “productive” and generating the underpinnings for my next assignment, blog posting, essay or written opinion on LinkedIn (or here). I guess I don't have an off button, I'm always thinking and I like it that way.


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Change your language setting? Oct 21, 2014

neilmac wrote:

PS: (Off-topic) : Since I started using Windows 7, everything I write on this website comes up underlined in spellchecker red. Does anybody know how I can switch this irritating function off?

[Edited at 2014-10-21 09:25 GMT]


Perhaps some place you've indicated Spanish? So the spell checker says everything in English is spelled wrong? Or turn off the spell checker? Just a suggestion from a Luddite. FWIW.


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Saturday Oct 21, 2014

Because I choose to work the least on this day of the week and try to put my feet up.

Like Mario I tend to stay away from this word 'productive' since it does make me think as if I'm supposed to 'churn out' translation like a factory.
Sunday, however, is quality time for me since I am not interrupted and bothered by e-mails. I find this the least stressful day of the work. I prefer to describe Sundays as 'laid back' and 'fulfilling.'

Small edit

[Edited at 2014-10-22 01:15 GMT]


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Susana Magnani  Identity Verified
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I ANSWERED FRIDAY, BUT... Oct 21, 2014

...I don't really work on Saturdays or Sundays. So I assume those would be my "least productive" days.

However, if we consider a 5-day week, Friday would be the day I close off any leftovers; also, any project that comes in on a Friday gets treated the next week. My clients are already aware of that and are most understanding and accommodating.


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