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Poll: When an assignment bores you, you suddenly find yourself yearning for:
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "When an assignment bores you, you suddenly find yourself yearning for:".

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Lindsay Spratt  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:45
Member (2011)
Portuguese to English
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. Feb 28, 2017

travel!

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 11:45
Member (2009)
English to German
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I don't get bored Feb 28, 2017

Even when a project is not exactly exciting, I don't get bored. Instead I double my efforts in order to get it done, but I will still take a couple of minutes to look up and enjoy the view from my window. That's almost like a mini vacation. But this seldom happens because I normally only accept exciting projects anyway.

[Edited at 2017-02-28 08:20 GMT]


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Cake. Wine. Sex. Danger. Not necessarily simultaneously. Feb 28, 2017

Cake. Wine. Sex. Danger. Not necessarily simultaneously.

 

svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 11:45
French to German
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Other Feb 28, 2017

Travel... or a different job.
(Job = my own café or cosmetics company. Or both. I've certainly got enough ideas for both but, alas, I lack the necessary funds.)

[Edited at 2017-02-28 08:29 GMT]


 

Florian AUDRAIN  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 11:45
English to French
Turn-Based Strategy games Feb 28, 2017

Such as Civilization.
It actually helps me focus: you want to play another turn? Well, finish this sentence/paragraph/chapter first!


 

EvaVer (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:45
Czech to French
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Any of these and more Feb 28, 2017

depending on the situation - except Netflix, I don't know what it is.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:45
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other Feb 28, 2017

If I have another job in my inbox, I switch. That pays off nicely.

Otherwise I'll do a variety of things, ranging from my to-do list to a walk in the park. If it's raining, like today, I may watch my favorite political commentators on the Internet--of course they have to agree with me, or I wouldn't waste my time.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 10:45
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Feb 28, 2017

I always have a good look at the text before accepting an assignment so that I know what to expect. Anyway, the fact is that work doesn't bore me, lack of work might…

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 19:45
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
I don't really get bored Feb 28, 2017

I might take breaks for other reasons and listen to some music or watch a film. An episode of Game of Thrones is quite, er, stimulating.
I find fiddling around in the garden and looking at the greenery in the neighborhood very relaxing, too.


 

Giuliana Mafrica  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 11:45
Member (2009)
English to Italian
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Other - a walk Feb 28, 2017

A pleasant, healthy walk with my dogs, preferably in the woods, to clear my mind.

 

Martina.V
Croatia
Local time: 11:45
Croatian to Italian
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other - a walk, coffee with friends Feb 28, 2017

a walk, along the shore, or in the woods, alone or with my boyfriend or with my friend's dog...

or a coffee and a chat with friends...

[Edited at 2017-02-28 10:44 GMT]


 

Leticia Klemetz, CT  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 11:45
Swedish to Spanish
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Social Media / My "other" job-hobby Feb 28, 2017

Since I do get bored ever so often, I started learning about essential oils and natural health, and that developed into blogging / youtubing / instagramming and teaching free classes about essential oils. And that is something I'm quite passionate about.

So when I have a translation to do, I apply some of my oils for better focus and concentration to help me get it done, but as soon as it's over I head over to what I am more passionate about.

Perhaps after 17 years as
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Since I do get bored ever so often, I started learning about essential oils and natural health, and that developed into blogging / youtubing / instagramming and teaching free classes about essential oils. And that is something I'm quite passionate about.

So when I have a translation to do, I apply some of my oils for better focus and concentration to help me get it done, but as soon as it's over I head over to what I am more passionate about.

Perhaps after 17 years as a freelance translator it's natural that I want to have an impact on the world some other way than translating other people's words... I find it much more satisfactory to hear the reports of people recovering from smaller or bigger health and emotional issues than to translate a given text, no matter how charming it might be!
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Nicola Wood  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 11:45
Member (2010)
German to English
Other Feb 28, 2017

Any of the options depending upon the day/weather/what needs doing/who else is at home, except Netflix, which is for evenings only

On the whole I really enjoy my work and I am pretty disciplined, but occasionally a document is so familiar or presents so little challenge that after a while I find my mind wandering and then it usually pays to take a break.


 

from-to  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:45
Member (2014)
English to Hungarian
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I make plans for travels Feb 28, 2017

Lindsay Spratt wrote:

travel!


Moreover, I start browsing websites with great travelling destinations, hotels, B&B, etc. Then I have a motivation to work; I say to myself "ok, this is horrible but with the money earned, I will travel there"


 
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