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Poll: Do you ever forget to eat/purposely skip meals to meet tight deadlines?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Dec 18, 2015

Lunch in Spain (and its aftermath/siesta) can sometimes last for three hours, so if I'm on a tight deadline, I may have a lighter lunch than I might otherwise choose, in order to avoid the drowsiness which makes a post-prandial nap such a good idea in these balmy climes.

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Teresa Borges
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No Dec 18, 2015

I’m sort of a perfectionist so tight deadlines aren't… my cup of tea (pun intended) and, in general, I don't accept this kind of work. Over the years only very exceptional circumstances made me broke this rule.

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Serena Basili  Identity Verified
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No Dec 18, 2015

I'm Italian and I am also a good cook (and a big eater), so no way I'm giving up on food

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Catherine De Crignis  Identity Verified
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Rarely and never purposely Dec 18, 2015

I work much better with regular breaks and I love my food too!

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Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Dec 18, 2015

Sometimes that "I'm starving, I've gotta finish this quickly so I can go eat" edge is just what I need to get through the last, sluggish bits of a project. I try not to make a habit of it, though, because I like my food.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Priorities Dec 18, 2015

Tight clothes? Maybe. Tight deadlines? Never.

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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Answer the question with a question Dec 18, 2015

Isn't not being able to eat due to work obligations something akin to slavery?

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Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
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meals, maybe, but my workout, never Dec 18, 2015

I never skip my daily workout, but an occasional meal, perhaps.
I have to be cautious, being diabetic, of my blood sugar levels, so I have a bag of peanuts in my desk drawer.
I order 5 lbs, at a time of fresh Virginia Peanuts from nuts.com on a regular basis, so always have some on hand. Packed with protein, healthy fats, and fibre, they're a good, healthy snack.
A couple handfuls of peanuts and another cup of tea can keep me going for hours, sometimes.


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Exactly Dec 18, 2015

Catherine De Crignis wrote:

I work much better with regular breaks and I love my food too!


But my breaks are flexible, and I have on occasions finished off a normal day's consumption of coffee before I get round to lunch.

So lunch changes place, so to speak, with afternoon coffee...

As one of my friends puts it, I can't drink coffee when I'm asleep, so then if necessary I simply make another pot of coffee and carry on. My husband gets to choose what we have for supper those days - he is also a good cook!


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Ekaterina Chashnikova  Identity Verified
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No Dec 18, 2015

I am much more productive if I am not hungry. Though I might have a quick bite instead of a proper meal if the deadline is tight.

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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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No Dec 18, 2015

I never take same-day work, so I always deliver the day before.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Ms. Basili has a point Dec 18, 2015

Serena Basili wrote:

I'm Italian and I am also a good cook (and a big eater), so no way I'm giving up on food


I'm a minimalist cook but I love tortellini, fussili and other “ini” pastas.



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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Eating is not everything Dec 18, 2015

I would skip a meal (breakfast, for example) if I oversleep…like yesterday!

Sometimes I would focus on translating or typesetting a document that I postpone lunch or dinner. When I do it on purpose, it's because my focus demands that I finish what I started.

Speaking of which, many clients (if not all of them) do not appreciate the fact that a particular passage, heading, turn of phrase, etc. requires a specific kind of concentration. If you break that concentration for whatever reason (as when the client blithely and stupidly calls to check on the status of your work), it is difficult to recreate the same level of concentration.

Clients and nontranslators also do not appreciate (and most times are unwilling to listen in order to appreciate or respect) the fact that we translators aren't just looking at some bilingual listing in our heads to swap words and phrases. There are many mental processes going on, and I personally hate it when someone interrupts that, no matter who that someone is (you've been warned, hahah!).




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Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
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No Dec 18, 2015

If I'm hungry I lose my concentration and I start daydreaming about food! If time is tight, I might just grab a sandwich and eat while I work, but I wouldn't skip a meal altogether, and I certainly could never forget to eat.

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