Poll: In general, is your work stress-free?
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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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Not really Jan 3, 2015

If only for the 315 deadlines I registered in 2014.
Time-passing is stressful.

Philippe


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Teresa Borges
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Yes, to some extent Jan 3, 2015

Let’s say that at least I try my best, by not accepting very tight deadlines and by being very organized and methodic, but inevitably things happen…

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Yes, to some extent Jan 3, 2015

However well you may have planned in advance, the inevitable will unexpectedly happen.

Translation content was more complex or involved, inconsistent or poorly written than you originally thought. And, don't forget unforeseen computer trouble, either. All this eats into valuable translation time, initiates that nasty stress cycle and you start hearing the clock ticking away as you try to make up for any mess that has happened.

Believe me, when karma hits you hard, 'it happens' as it did for me in in 2014. My advice? Expect the unexpected.

Wishing you all a Happy, Prosperous and Stress-free Year!


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Yes and No Jan 3, 2015

While I love what I do, but with each job, I live with an underlying angst that I won't be able to meet the deadline. I always make it, and I've been doing so for more than four decades, but I still can't trust myself. I think it must be the equivalent of the stage fright that some actors always have.

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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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an empty calendar or a full one? Jan 3, 2015

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

While I love what I do, but with each job, I live with an underlying angst that I won't be able to meet the deadline. I always make it, and I've been doing so for more than four decades, but I still can't trust myself. I think it must be the equivalent of the stage fright that some actors always have.


Could not agree more. It is hard to choose which is the worst nightmare: an empty calendar or a full one
Happy New Year and happy translating in 2015!


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Two important stress factors Jan 3, 2015

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

While I love what I do, but with each job, I live with an underlying angst that I won't be able to meet the deadline. I always make it, and I've been doing so for more than four decades, but I still can't trust myself. I think it must be the equivalent of the stage fright that some actors always have.


If you love what you do, stress is not a common factor in your work (and vice-versa).

1) If you love what you do, deadlines would be one of the two fators that may generate stress. So make sure you accept jobs you will be able to deliver on time.

2) Te second factor, IMO, would be payments not made in due time. This is the one factor that causes some stress in my professional life: Having to "remind" clients of due payments is not rare, though I have been receiving all my payments lately, with some delayed, but "reminders" usually lead to a positive response and deposit.


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