Poll: Does your workload affect your sleep?
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May 9, 2015

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Does your workload affect your sleep?".

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:01
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Yes, definitely May 9, 2015

I still pull "all-nighters" from time to time, and it's not unusual for me to work until 3:00 a.m. the night before a large job is due. I tend to underestimate the time it will take me to get everything right. Sometimes I get lucky. Right now I've got one that's going very fast.

I proofread the job I delivered yesterday three times and even found two things to fix the third time around. That took more time than I had planned. (It was a journal article for publication with a lot of technical detail.)


Teresa Borges
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No, not any more... May 9, 2015

Over the years, I have become extremely organized (I wasn't at all!) and have gained excellent time-management skills. I also stopped long ago biting off more than I could chew. What really still affects my sleep are clients not paying on time…


Martha Schwan
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In the beginning, yes, it did affect my sleep but now the lack of work does affect my sleep.


Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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English to Italian
Yes May 9, 2015

Urgent and complicate translations affect my sleep
Lack of work for one day affects my sleep
Taxes to pay, so extreme need to have a higher workload affects my sleep.

normal workload affects my sleep, but positively!!!!


Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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French to English
Yearning May 9, 2015

I'm yearning for the days when sleep would affect my workload !icon_wink.gif

[Edited at 2015-05-09 15:45 GMT]


Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Other May 9, 2015

Only when I have to work late hours - which I don't mind, being a nightowl.icon_biggrin.gif Other than that it only helps me go to sleep faster after a long busy day.icon_smile.gif


564354352 (X)  Identity Verified
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No, never May 9, 2015

My brain simply switches off once it feels it has done enough work for a day. Once it is in switched-off mode, it has no trouble switching to sleep mode...

My health is more important than my work, I must admit, so gone are the days where I would burn the midnight oil for a job... In fact, I can't remember doing that at all AFTER I went self-employed.


neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other May 9, 2015

Sometimes, if I have a heavy workload, I might get up earlier in the morning than usual, to get more done in the time available. And I might also stay up later too, especially if the daytime shift has been interrupted by things like emails, calls, etc.


Georgie Scott  Identity Verified
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Member (2009)
French to English
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Yer, but, no, but May 9, 2015

I said no, but I've just remembered I've been having a lot of translation related dreams and nightmares recently.

The other day I had a dream a witch on a broom was chasing me on a bicycle and the bicycle was powered by the speed at which I proofread. But every time I returned to the text the same mistakes I had just fixed had come back and the witch was gaining on me fast.... (I was at the time combining a cycling holiday with a proofreading assignment)

So yes, it probably does: not the amount, just the "quality".


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