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Poll: My ideal 15-minute break includes:
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Food! Actually more than one... Feb 16, 2017

...but not at the same time. Unless it's raining, I always break in the afternoon to take a walk with my dog. I might play a short online game. Tea sometimes. I wouldn't dare take a short nap because it would be too hard to wake up.

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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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Walk + snack & coffee Feb 16, 2017

In this order exactly. When I say a snack it's probably something small, sweet and cute like a cake or a piece of chocolate.

Can't believe the TV option, would someone really enjoy watching TV after hours spent in front of the computer screen?

[Edited at 2017-02-16 08:28 GMT]


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Other! Feb 16, 2017

Ideal: Sex
Reality: ProZ


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Ricki Farn
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A walk ... Feb 16, 2017

... to the nearest tree to hide some nuts for the squirrels. Then watching the fur stains ooze down the tree trunk to retrieve them - from a safe distance. How bundles of sheer muscle and teeth can look cute, is beyond me, but they do.

Chris S, your answer made me LOL for its sheer unexpectedness Now would that be a good marketing slogan for ProZ or not?

(Why do the damn smilies cause linebreaks?)


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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I do not take 15 minute breaks

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Alison Schwitzgebel
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Housework... Feb 16, 2017

Hoovering, dusting, window cleaning, laundry, dishwasher... Gets me up and away from the desk, moving, clears my mind from the translation, and often that horrible sentence that caused me to take a break in the first instance suddenly seems easier to understand when I get back to the desk.

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Khaldun Alqaisi
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Coffee or Tea socialize on Internet Feb 16, 2017

Interesting is this topic.

I may grab a coffee or surf internet randomly to break with the routine.

This depends on the urgency of the trasnaltion assignment.


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Marta Cervera Areny
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Fresh air Feb 16, 2017

Getting outside is basic for me... Just sitting outside in the sun with a cup of tea and a newspaper (while the kids are at school, of course)

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Come, come now Feb 16, 2017

Chris S wrote:

Ideal: Sex



Just 15 minutes?


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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Julian Holmes wrote:

Chris S wrote:

Ideal: Sex



Just 15 minutes?


in that case, I guess I would take 4 15-min breaks every hour.....


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Jo Macdonald  Identity Verified
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Walking the dog Feb 16, 2017

Chris S wrote:

Ideal: Sex


Too much of a distraction

Best break from work is gym or a walk with the dog.


[Edited at 2017-02-16 11:03 GMT]


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Teresa Borges
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Other Feb 16, 2017

My breaks are not timed. They might last just a few minutes to make an espresso coffee or much longer to take the dog for a walk, to do my shopping or some housework, it all depends on the project at hand and on my mood…

P.S. Ideal break? 15 minutes is not enough for my ideal break: sitting outside near the river or the sea enjoying the sun. The weather is beautiful (blue sky without clouds) today in Lisbon (18 °C/ 64 °F)!

Thanks Chris and Julian for a good laugh!


[Edited at 2017-02-16 14:13 GMT]


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Roman Bulkiewicz  Identity Verified
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A walk Feb 16, 2017

The question was about my ideal break, not a real one, wasn't it?)

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Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
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All of the above Feb 16, 2017

...and sex as well, can be good for you. I'm not sure which improves my productivity more though, although I imagine anything that contributes to your general well-being will improve the quality of your work.

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