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Poll: Do you have any professional New Year's resolutions?
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Jan 5

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:25
Member (2003)
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Yes Jan 5

I resolved to stick to my resolve to:
(1) not accept any translation review projects;
(2) be very careful about accepting PDFs - check them very carefully before deciding.

Those are the areas where my will is weakest. I am already very firm about rates, deadlines, matches and fuzzy matches, and other topics.


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Marsha Burdick  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 16:25
Italian to English
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Yes Jan 5

I have signed up for a business course to improve my management skills.

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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:25
Member (2012)
French to English
No Jan 5

I'm just going to go with the flow. If I'm offered work, I will consider accepting it; if not, I've got other projects to work on.

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Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
Member (2005)
English to Italian
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Yes Jan 5

1) Raise my rates
2) Refuse boring, complicated and too small projects
3) Refuse to work with agency-based CAT tools.

[Edited at 2018-01-05 09:36 GMT]


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Texte Style
Local time: 16:25
French to English
Yes Jan 5

Get more direct clients who pay well and promptly so I can ditch the agency that pays little (even if they are prompt)

Aim for greater efficiency. I have already made some headway on this as I have created a new business email that I can get notifications for on my phone, so I can at least confirm deadlines and answer small questions when out and about. Seems like there's always an emergency the minute I head for the swimming pool!


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 15:25
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No Jan 5

What are My New Year's Resolutions? Actually, I don't like the concept that there's only one time a year that you can set goals, redirect yourself and get on the right road. Let’s say, for the sake of the question, that my resolution will be to keep on working, learning and improving…

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Joana Neves
Russian Federation
Local time: 18:25
Russian to Portuguese
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Yes Jan 5

My professional New Year's resolutions include:
1 - stop working on the weekends and some big holidays + apply strict schedule for daily working
2 - refuse to work on 2 or 3 projects at the same time (it happened with small translations with different deadlines)
3 - continue to learn (participate in webinars, keep up-to-date regarding the translation world)
4 - turn my hobby into a job once and for all!


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Kristina Cosumano  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:25
Member (2015)
German to English
Yes Jan 5

Get out and meet more colleagues and prospective clients in person. Powwows, conferences, trade fairs.

And raise my rates, which is not a resolution because it's already done.

[Edited at 2018-01-05 11:42 GMT]


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Ahmad Hassaballa  Identity Verified
Egypt
Local time: 17:25
Member (2005)
German to Arabic
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Yes Jan 5

1. Launching my website
2. Setting up my own office
3. Raising my management and marketing skills


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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The Americanization of cultures Jan 5

First, it was Halloween. Then, Thanksgiving. Now, New Year's resolutions? Welcome to the intended secondary effects of American globalization: we're either seduced or forced to adopt strange customs. I suspect this unwelcome but mesmerizing influence is also responsible for the “industrification” of our profession (i.e. so-called “translation industry”).


Caveat: I'm American and yet I resent this intrusive habit of forcing people to set goals by the end of each year.


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Michael Brookman
United States
Local time: 10:25
Member (2017)
French to English
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Increase productivity Jan 5

I resolve to increase productivity by fully utilizing my network resource and working/completing project faster.

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Vera H.  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:25
Member (2007)
German to English
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New Year's Resolution Jan 5

My Resolutions for the New Year include:
1. Accept only projects I really enjoy (actually, I'm almost there on this one)
2. Stop working on holidays and work only on weekends when I feel like doing so
3. Refuse deadlines that are unrealistic
4. Reject a project if I feel I need a break


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Romina Eva Pérez Escorihuela
Argentina
Local time: 12:25
Member (2010)
English to Spanish
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Reorganize and start to delegate! Jan 5

I'm expecting my first baby, so I have no chance rather than reorganizing my business project! I have been working with a community manager for the last year, so I learned to delegate the marketing and communication aspect of my business already... and he sometimes became my assistant, specially while I was on the booth and unable to quote for jobs or reply urgent messages - he did that for me many times, successfully!

So, during our last meeting in December, we brainstormed about how to face this new year, because I will definitely need an extra hand to reply messages, quote for jobs, organize translators' and interpreters' teams... I am aware of the fact that I would not be able to go back to a booth until my son/daughter is 6 months old (as per my colleagues' experience....) so, something has to be done during that time to keep money coming into my bank account, although in reduced amounts.... Time will tell, and, please: wish me all good luck! I'll need it
=)


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ventnai  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:25
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Not so American Jan 5

Mario Chavez wrote:

First, it was Halloween. Then, Thanksgiving. Now, New Year's resolutions? Welcome to the intended secondary effects of American globalization: we're either seduced or forced to adopt strange customs. I suspect this unwelcome but mesmerizing influence is also responsible for the “industrification” of our profession (i.e. so-called “translation industry”).


Caveat: I'm American and yet I resent this intrusive habit of forcing people to set goals by the end of each year.


Halloween has its origins in the Celtic cultures of the British Isles. Halloween itself is a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening". I remember celebrating it in the UK as a kid before US culture reached its heights. The US did make Halloween popular worldwide through film and televison.

New Year's resolutions have their roots in ancient cultures, Christianity and Judaism.


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