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Poll: How many days off do you generally take per week?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How many days off do you generally take per week?".

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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 21:30
English to Portuguese
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Other - no rule, no average Nov 9, 2015

That's why I consider myself a freelancer.

I might work for a couple of weeks without a day off, and may take an entire week off, depending on demand.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 01:30
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Same here! Nov 9, 2015

José Henrique Lamensdorf wrote:

That's why I consider myself a freelancer.

I might work for a couple of weeks without a day off, and may take an entire week off, depending on demand.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 02:30
Spanish to English
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¡Que manías! Nov 9, 2015

I'm afraid my reaction to the notion of "take days off" is rather Clintonesque. For example, first define "off"...
I mean, as a translator I'm more or less permanently "on"... even when watching a movie I'm checking the subtitles for mistakes and things like that.

[Edited at 2015-11-09 09:39 GMT]


 

Serena Basili  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 02:30
English to Italian
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Good to know I'm not the only one Nov 9, 2015

neilmac wrote:

I'm afraid my reaction to the notion of "take days off" is rather Clintonesque. For example, first define "off"...
I mean, as a translator I'm more or less permanently "on"... even when watching a movie I'm checking the subtitles for mistakes and things like that.



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Kirsten Bodart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:30
Dutch to English
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And there's my hubby Nov 9, 2015

scolding me for 'ignoring him'...

As it is, I take one day off on average, because I feel I need it. I can do two weeks solid as I've just done now, but that's pushing it. My sleeping habits start eating into my mornings in that case. And that's a bad sign...

Nice to know I'm not the only one taking the working week to a 'new' level...


 

Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:30
Portuguese to English
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What is this "Day Off" of which you speak? Nov 9, 2015

Basically, If there's work available, I'm working.

 

Emilien Buffard
Argentina
Local time: 21:30
Member (2014)
English to French
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Weekend please! Nov 9, 2015

I try as much as possible not to work on weekend. 2 days off to relax my brain doing other activities and meeting friends are necessary to rock the week!

 

Odile Stuart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:30
Member (2006)
English to French
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On demand Nov 9, 2015

It doesn't work like that.
I take a day off when I need one, irrespective of having worked 7 days a week for an amount of time for example.


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:30
English to Spanish
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What's a day off? Nov 9, 2015

My dentist, who has a large practice, associates and employees, certainly takes days off, and not just because he earns more than me.

As a one-man independent operation, I rarely take a regular day or weekend off. I just listen to my body and my brain, and slow down when needed.


 

Michael Wetzel  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 02:30
German to English
I have two little kids ... Nov 9, 2015

... and a wife who is a salaried employee, so I take weekends and vacation and occasional children's sick days off like ordinary mortals.

Now, it's certainly true that I'm not "off" on the weekends and on vacation and in the evening the way I would be if I could figure out a way to make good money by handing out french fries at McDonald's, but I do not regularly work during any of those "off" times and, if I do have to work, the amount of time spent doing so is pretty strictly limited (although a long-term project has had me working a lot more "overtime" than usual over the last six months).


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 02:30
Member (2008)
English to Italian
Other Nov 9, 2015

I take evenings off, afternoons off according to my family's needs.

Usually I TRY to have Sunday off, which usually means I wake up a 6 am to work till 11 so I can have some time with them, and then I work 2pm-5pm - IF I have work to be done.

If I can I take the entire day off.

AT the end of the day... no rules


 

Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 02:30
Member (2012)
English to Dutch
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the weekend Nov 9, 2015

Emilien BUFFARD wrote:

I try as much as possible not to work on weekend. 2 days off to relax my brain doing other activities and meeting friends are necessary to rock the week!


My thoughts exactly! I don't work in the weekend (usually - exceptions are fairly rare) because those are the days I spend meeting friends and playing outside. Emails and other work-related things can wait until Monday.


 

ventnai  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 02:30
Member
German to English
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One, two or none Nov 9, 2015

I try to keep weekends free if possible but it is not always the case. Two weekends ago I worked all weekend as well as during the week and I worked yesterday but not Saturday.

 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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3 Nov 9, 2015

I just don't get the prevailing attitude on here that working 24/7 is something to be proud of or a necessary part of being a freelance translator.

Sure, you can do it if you want, but you don't have to. It isn't sustainable and it's ultimately rather pointless if you never get to spend all that money.

For me, being freelance is all about *me* being the boss. I shut down the office completely at weekends, and I often take a day or two off during the week to partake in an outrageously expensive pastime. I also waste a lot of my time on the internet like this each day and still comfortably support a demanding family of four.

Life is for living.


 
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