Poll: How often do you eat while at your keyboard?
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jonathanjb4e
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Almost never Jul 27

I generally don't eat at my desk (I hate mess), but I do drink one or two espresso coffees and I always have a bottle of water nearby in a special place on a bookshelf away from my keyboard to avoid disasters. I tend to eat less when I’m busy with work and when I’m really overloaded I might even forget to eat or drink. That’s what happened yesterday and as a result for the first time in years I ate a whole bag of nuts while working…

jonathanjb4e
IanDhu
 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Almost never Jul 27

No matter how carefully you try to eat at your keyboard, tiny crumbs and splashes will end up getting onto it and clogging up the spaces in between the keys. So I generally avoid eating a snacking while working. Common wisdom has it that we should stop every so often for a break from the screen, so that's an ideal time to have a nibble at something.

jonathanjb4e
IanDhu
 

Carlos Heras  Identity Verified
Spain
Member (May 2019)
English to Spanish
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Never Jul 27

When I want a snack or am going to eat a proper meal, I always leave my desk and take a break. If I try to eat at my desk, I always end up watching videos on YouTube, so in the end I am not productive and don't give my eyes that precious rest.

Remember to take real breaks!


jonathanjb4e
Gibril Koroma
IanDhu
 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:52
Member (2012)
French to English
Weird question Jul 27

See title

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:52
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other Jul 28

I constantly eat at my desk, but I have a very big desk and I don't do it near the keyboard. That doesn't prevent me from reading stuff online while I eat.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 21:52
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Regularly, but never on my desk Jul 28

I eat, drink coffee, smoke, and do other things regularly away from the computer, at least once every hour. I never do any of these things on my working desk. The best benefit of all these breaks is actually to get away from my desk regularly. Plus, there is not much space in it for anything other than work (except music, which is constantly there).

 

Nikolay Novitskiy  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 05:52
Member (2018)
English to Russian
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Always Aug 12

I always eat at my desk while translating, splashing sticky sauce and sweet juice on my keyboard, poking greasy fingers at my computer mouse, lavishly commenting my own translations and sprinkling slimy chunks of chewed food at the monitor. That's how it works for freelancers, doesn't it?

Kay Denney
 

Fei Ge  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:52
Member (2012)
Chinese to English
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I try not to while working Aug 12

When I'm working I try not to eat anything, I just don't think my food will digest properly if I'm engaging in translating something meticulous and have to concentrate on that, instead of just chewing and swallowing.

I do like to order delivery and eat while watching movies though, that's another story haha


 


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