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Poll: When are you usually most productive?
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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Other Sep 15, 2015

When not responding to the same old poll for the umpteenth time

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Teresa Borges
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Late afternoon Sep 15, 2015

No change! As I said before several times: As I am a late owl, the most productive time for me in general is mid-afternoon/evening, but it really depends on a lot of factors: quality of my sleep the night before, job deadline, complexity of the document, familiarity with the subject matter...

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Natalie Soper  Identity Verified
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Afternoons Sep 15, 2015

I am terrible at mornings. By the afternoon I've settled into a rhythm or the "zone" or whatever you want to call it!

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Depends Sep 15, 2015

on the day / week

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Charlotte Farrell  Identity Verified
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Late at Night Sep 15, 2015

My most productive days are those where I get up around 10am, check emails, finish off some things I have due that day, then do something else like the gym, then nap once it gets to eob in Germany, where my main clients are based. I then get my best work done between around 9pm and 2am in the morning - it's partly to do with my family being asleep so me not having any distractions, but I also just seem to be most alert and on the ball late at night.

It's one of the things I love most about being freelance - I always used to be groggy and could never concentrate in the mornings when I was at school or worked in an office, so it's great to now be able to work during my most productive hours and get enough sleep by not having to get up to an alarm.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Sep 15, 2015

Usually mornings, but I suffer fewer interruptions after 9 PM, so I can usually be quite productive for a few hours in that later timeslot too.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Early spring and late autumn Sep 15, 2015

Must opt for Other N/A, I suppose.

Just checked the poll results. 11.5% for Other N/A. Glad there are other seasonally productive people such as myself. Yessss


[Edited at 2015-09-16 00:51 GMT]


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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same old poll Sep 15, 2015

someone must like this poll very much... anyway still in the morning

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Enrica Brancaleoni  Identity Verified
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Other Sep 15, 2015

Namely, under pressure

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Define “productive” Sep 15, 2015

As a translator, I take issue with poorly phrased questions, statements and texts in the best of times. Even more so when the perpetrator seems to be a translator herself. Laziness of mind.

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal casts some light on the different views between the conventional productivity index used in calculating things like the GDP (gross domestic product index) that economists and government statistics bureaus use. They are based on goods and services with commercial value that are produced, sold and bought.

This article went on quoting someone at Google (a typical Silicon Valley utopian hotbed) who said (I'm paraphrasing) that we ought to measure the 'free' things (like apps to find a taxicab or a restaurant in an unknown city) as part of productivity.

I am assuming the pollster thinks of translation productivity as how many words are you translating per hour or day?

This brings to memory a statement by a certain Proz member who, in her profile, indicates that she can translate 2500 words per day, guaranteed —whatever that means.

Is that how we think of ourselves? Flesh-and-bone machines that yield a number of words for clients? That's a very reductive (and irrational) way of thinking.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Terrible AT mornings? Sep 15, 2015

Natalie Soper wrote:

I am terrible at mornings. By the afternoon I've settled into a rhythm or the "zone" or whatever you want to call it!


You probably wrote that in the morning, hahahah.




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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Late at night Sep 15, 2015

No noise, no distractions, just my music and my translation.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Nah, just British Sep 15, 2015

Mario Chavez wrote:

Natalie Soper wrote:

I am terrible at mornings. By the afternoon I've settled into a rhythm or the "zone" or whatever you want to call it!


You probably wrote that in the morning, hahahah.




Terrible at (doing) mornings

Mario, how else can you define productivity when we're paid by the word?


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Work more, make more money Sep 15, 2015

Chris S wrote:

Mario Chavez wrote:

Natalie Soper wrote:

I am terrible at mornings. By the afternoon I've settled into a rhythm or the "zone" or whatever you want to call it!


You probably wrote that in the morning, hahahah.




Terrible at (doing) mornings

Mario, how else can you define productivity when we're paid by the word?


Isn't that a Socialist motto, Work more, make more money? Or is it capitalistic? I am not sure.

I don't get paid by the word all the time, certainly not for every job I perform and not by all my customers.

If the point of being productive means working more hours to translate more words a day to make more money, I don't want any part of it. I actually work more slowly because I get better results.


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