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Out of curiosity... How late do you stay up to finish an assignement
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Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Canada
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May 26, 2005

(I'm not sure this is the right forum, feel free to put my message somewhere else if there's a better category for it)

Last night, at 1:30 AM, I finished an assignment (2k words in an evening from 7PM to 1:30). It's the latest I've been to bed when taking freelance assignments (usually it's no later than 10PM). Note that I work as an in-house translator during the day, so I have trouble keeping my eyes open.

Nina


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Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
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Very late May 26, 2005

Until it's finished.

Regards,
Gerard


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mónica alfonso  Identity Verified
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As late as necessary May 26, 2005

in order to accomplish the agreed deadline.


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Never late May 26, 2005

When I agree on a deadline I make sure there is enough additional time so I don't have to say no to other customers. I noticed I'm most productive from 8 to 12 in the morning, afternoons are weary already.
ON larger projects I'm rather nervous in the beginning because I fear I cannot do it in time, but mostly I get finnished very early.


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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Well...pretty late May 26, 2005

The other night it was 4am, but that was because my husband was sick, so I had to take care of our daughter during the day and then put in a full workday after dinner. Sometimes it just happens - usually when our daily schedule gets thrown out of whack like that.

Normally I quit around 5-6pm.


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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It depends May 26, 2005

and can vary. This includes any time between 0 and 23:59
Usually something between midnight and 1 am, when deadline is tight even until 4 am or longer, sometimes without sleep...
But this is not a good sign - one should be able to organise time, so that such situations do not occur.

Cheers
Jerzy


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Burrell  Identity Verified
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How late do you stay up to finish an assignement May 26, 2005

Just last night I finished at 2am, was up most of the remaining night to look after my sick three year old daughter, and was up at 6 am to get the project finished by 10 am. Now I am already working on the next one.
I try not to do that, it is not fair to my family. But you cannot say no to a client - he will go somewhere else. So you end up waisting your life in front of PC. And for some sick reason enjoy it as well.

Cheers,
Burrell


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Monica Colangelo  Identity Verified
Argentina
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As late as necessary May 26, 2005

Two weeks ago I worked sixty hours in a row.
If you are the kind of person who needs a good night's rest to keep going, then maybe you should consider what's best for you: whether to go on as an in-house translator or to go freelance.
I only work as a freelancer... (And in my spare time I am the single mother of three, the cook, the maid, the parent who attends school meetings and takes her kids to the doctor's office, etc...).


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Ioana Costache  Identity Verified
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As long as it takes May 26, 2005

The last time I went without sleep because of a long and (obviously) urgent assignment, I ended up in hospital, getting adrenalin shots. I'd been sleeping 2/24 for 5 days. But I delivered on time Interestingly enough, this didn't seem to affect the quality of my translation, as the proofreader confirmed; I guess my brain was on autopilot. My heart wasn't.

Don't do this at home


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Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
Mexico
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I prefer the mornings May 26, 2005

I'll often get up at 4 am and sometimes earlier to finish an assignment, my brain goes dead at night.

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Robert Zawadzki  Identity Verified
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I happened to work 24 hours withour break once... May 26, 2005

... but I was much younger then. I also finished a job at 6 a.m lately (I woke up at 8 am as usual and was just going to bed, when I got an unexpected, supposedly very important job around midnight).

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Henk Peelen  Identity Verified
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the early bird gets the worm May 26, 2005

Lesley Clarke wrote:

I'll often get up at 4 am and sometimes earlier to finish an assignment, my brain goes dead at night.


Me too! I prefer to stop before 11:30 pm, sleep at least 2 hours and start somewhere after 1:00 am. Feels much better than stay up. But better sleep the whole night between 11:30 pm and 5:30 am or so.


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Jeremy Smith  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Thank goodness I'm not the only one May 26, 2005

I've been known to do the occasional all-nighter, and often end up working late. This is more to do with poor time management on my part though. I'm single and live alone, so it doesn't affect anyone else - but of course it's better for your health to get regular, decent sleeping hours.

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xxxMarc P  Identity Verified
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The early worm gets caught May 26, 2005

If working long hours is a regular occurrence, you're either not educating your clients properly, or not charging enough. Or both.

Marc

[Edited at 2005-05-26 17:48]


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Seadeta Osmani  Identity Verified
Croatia
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Late, late working hours... May 26, 2005

... but I also prefer working at night myself. Much more peaceful, no phone calls, no loads of emails to respond *ASAP* to

And I gotta say that staying up till sunrise makes me appreciate spring and summer mornings... and then I get to hear that special lullaby from birds.

Thanks for the question!

Seadeta


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