Poll: How many emails do you reply to on a typical work day?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Mar 4

It’s extremely variable, but I’d say between 10 and 20.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:53
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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6-12 Mar 4

It varies. Since I usually do large jobs that can last for weeks, and since I mainly correspond with my clients at the beginning and the end of assignments, I don't have too much traffic. I respond to serious requests for my services, but many of them drop me when I tell them my rates. That's fine. I have all the work I can handle, and I'm writing two books this year.

I respond to a lot of other emails, especially related to my volunteer work, but I didn't think that was what the question was about.


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 18:53
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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6-12 the last couple of weeks Mar 4

It varies a lot, but between eight and twelve seems to be about average.
Some days I seem to be playing ping-pong with my mail, and some clients bombard me with mails. Others are better at collecting questions in to one mail, or wording them so I can give a full answer, instead of having to send extra comments back and forth!

I get a lot of mails that I do not answer - updates, newsletters, group mails. I call them 'semi spam' and try to ignore them until a coffee break, and I unsubscribe immediately from any mails I am not seriously interested in.


 

Gibril Koroma  Identity Verified
Canada
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French to English
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I don't know Mar 4

I really don't know, never gave it a thought.

Michael Harris
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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 18:53
Member (2009)
English to German
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I don't know Mar 4

Maybe because I'm too busy answering them or working to spend any time on counting them. But it does vary. Sometimes it seems to be nothing but answering emails, at other times there are but a few.

 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 18:53
Member (2018)
French to English
Not sure Mar 4

I don't think I have just one sort of typical day. Monday is often quiet, I rarely get anything before noon if at all. Today I haven't had a single message for example. I have work that came in last week still on my plate though.

Work often starts coming in on Tuesday. I might find myself sending a list of questions shortly before delivery then I'll mostly be handing stuff in by the end of the week.

Then at the turn of the month I''ll be dealing with bills and chasing up non-payers so that also generates messages.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 18:53
Spanish to English
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0-5 Mar 4

Only one or two so far today... which is nice ...

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Jan Truper  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 18:53
English to German
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6–12 Mar 4

But increasingly, incoming emails contain links to various clients' online systems where I can accept or decline jobs, so I don't have to write as many replies as I used to.

 

DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
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phone/direct contacts only Mar 4

As far as I work with local direct clients mostly as an interpreter, preferring my corporate filtered mailbox, I get no more than some five messages.

 


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