Poll: In general, how often do you take a break?
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Luciana E. Lovatto  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:34
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One long break at noon! Aug 23, 2007

I take a break at noon in order to cook and eat. I also take another brake at 5.00 p.m. so that I can take my dog for a stroll. But sometimes when I have to much work to do my poor little dog have to wait till night... so I end up having only one break!

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Fabio Descalzi  Identity Verified
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Serial breaks :) Aug 23, 2007

A series of many short breaks to breathe in peace, stretch and flex the muscles, take a cup of coffee, and go on. Really short breaks, not longer than 5 minutes.
The only way to stand loooooong working journeys - or nights - or weekends.


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Sian Herrera-Delgado
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breaks necessary for good work! Aug 23, 2007

I think taking lots of little breaks (10 mins or so) and then a slightly longer break (maybe an hour or so) at lunch and dinner is a good idea. I always know when it is tme to stop and take a short break, even two minutes away from the computer screen is long enough to rest your eyes for a minute and to refresh you enough to then sit down and start focusing again. Starring at a screen for too long is not good for your eyes or your body!

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Fernando D. Walker  Identity Verified

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Breaks are good for health... Aug 23, 2007

It is very important to rest at least 10 minutes every hour. That is great and helps you to relax for a while. Your brain needs it! I know that sometimes we are so concentrated on our work that it is difficult to realize how much we need a rest. But believe me, it is worth trying...

Take care!
Fernando


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lorette  Identity Verified
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break necessary... for my dog Aug 24, 2007

Every two or three hours

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Every time I'm bored! Aug 24, 2007

-- Which can be quite frequent some days!

Usually I take a break every 1-2 hours, mostly a short trip to fetch some coffee and wiggle my shoulders and other stiff muscles. Preferably a three-minute run behind the house or up the hill two or three times a day. I have no dog...

Breaks get frequent when I'm bored! Then I try to keep them really short, and promise myself a treat, preferably non fattening, after I deliver the job. (Like a buzz through the Proz.com 'Lighter side' forum, or a real walk or a phone call to someone who is fun to talk to.)



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Ricardo Pereira  Identity Verified
Portugal
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Many times Aug 30, 2007

I take a break whenever I'm stuck in a word or a sentence, when my back hurts, when I need to stretch my legs, when I'm hungry and go grab something bad for my health... I take many short breaks, 5 to 15 minutes... just till the guilt bell rings in my head.

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Tony M  Identity Verified
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Eye-strain oblige Sep 13, 2007

I am suffering from increasingly severely eyesight problems, and one of the few things I can do to help is to take frequent short breaks. Unfortunately, this ends up lengthening my working day, so I am quite often working between 8 am and midnight, though of course, not continually!

Sometimes it gets so bad that I ca no longer see the screen; I am actually very worried about what is going to happen to me in the future when I can no longer work

Dictation software is all very well, but wouldn't be suited to my way of working, and I suspect also not very ergonomic for pages with lots of layout etc.

And as for printing out source pages to read from in larger fonts, I'd need an A3 printer, which for the moment I can't afford.

Are there any other colleagues out there with serious sight problems?


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