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Poll: When was the last time you had to pull an all-nighter to finish a project?
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Jan 19

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "When was the last time you had to pull an all-nighter to finish a project?".

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Anhume Carlot
Simtech Zhang
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 21:33
Membro (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Many years ago Jan 19

I did it once or twice, at the very beginning of my career, just to find out a few hours later how counterproductive working all night can be. I need a proper night sleep to be able to work well. If need be, I might work one or two hours after my normal bedtime or get up very early next day, but an all night is a complete no-go for me!

Sonja Marks
Iris Schmerda
Paul van Zijll
Anja Hajek
Clement Cheung
Franco Rigoni
Vladimir Pochinov
 

Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:33
Membro (2011)
French to English
+ ...
Two Years Ago Jan 19

I have only once had to pull an all-nighter for a proofreading project that was by far the worst project I have ever had the misfortune of working on. The quality of the translation was dire!

Among other problems, the translator had declared their intention to throw terminological consistency to the wind by translating the same term three different ways in the first two sentences alone, had disregarded the source text capitalisation, meaning I had to have eyes like a hawk and hadn'
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I have only once had to pull an all-nighter for a proofreading project that was by far the worst project I have ever had the misfortune of working on. The quality of the translation was dire!

Among other problems, the translator had declared their intention to throw terminological consistency to the wind by translating the same term three different ways in the first two sentences alone, had disregarded the source text capitalisation, meaning I had to have eyes like a hawk and hadn't bothered to research any of the acronyms. The file itself was a poor quality, unstable PDF conversion that did not want to allow me to make changes to it and had hidden text lurking all over the place.

I alerted the agency to the problem and asked for an extension to the deadline to take account of all the various issues I had to resolve. However, they declined claiming the deadline for delivery to their client was paramount. As a result I had to work all through the night and well into the next day.

Suffice to say that I parted company with the agency after that.
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:33
Spanish to English
+ ...
Years ago Jan 19

I don't recall exactly when, but not for a few years now. My work is steadier now than it used to be and I tend not to accept deadlines so tight they would require an all nighter.

Liena Vijupe
Lina Efthimiadou
Yetta Jensen Bogarde
Simtech Zhang
 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 22:33
Membro (2018)
French to English
. Jan 19

I don't think I ever have. I did all-nighters at the job I had before having my children, after that nights were far too busy to contemplate fitting in any work!
I can't go all night without sleep, although I have been known to get up even before the crack of dawn to get started on my day's work, when I find myself wide awake and worrying about how I'm going to get it all done.
I need to preserve my health to continue work so work mustn't compromise my health either.


Christine Andersen
Miranda Drew
 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:33
Membro (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Some three years ago Jan 19

It was a big project and I only had 5 days to complete it. On the last day before I had to turn it in, I spend almost the entire night proofreading it.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:33
Membro (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
In the past year Jan 19

Twice, I think. I'm not proud of it, but it's the truth.

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 22:33
Membro (2003)
Danish to English
+ ...
Not all night, but I regularly work late Jan 19

I prefer to deliver a job at 2 am before going to bed, if the deadline is before 10 o'clock in the morning. I have not finished my breakfast and collected my wits before then anyway, especially at midwinter when it is dark until past eight.

It is a long time since I have done a real all-nighter, but I have sat up until 4 am within the last year. All-night sessions cost me a migraine attack and mean I can't work at all the next day, so I try very hard to avoid them. I tell clients I
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I prefer to deliver a job at 2 am before going to bed, if the deadline is before 10 o'clock in the morning. I have not finished my breakfast and collected my wits before then anyway, especially at midwinter when it is dark until past eight.

It is a long time since I have done a real all-nighter, but I have sat up until 4 am within the last year. All-night sessions cost me a migraine attack and mean I can't work at all the next day, so I try very hard to avoid them. I tell clients I am too old for that kind of thing. On the other hand, I have a very flexible daily routine, and can manage short jobs fast if necessary.
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Francesca Grandinetti
Anton Konashenok
 

Jan Truper  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:33
English to German
+ ...
Never Jan 19

All-nighters are counterproductive. Work to work another day.

Christine Andersen
Josephine Cassar
Kaisa I
Iris Schmerda
Philip Lees
Michael Wetzel
Melanie Meyer
 

Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 22:33
English to Russian
+ ...
Frequently Jan 19

Happens every week or two. Being a night owl, I am quite happy with it. Urgent jobs command a higher rate, too.

Liviu-Lee Roth
Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Peru
Local time: 15:33
Membro (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
Never Jan 19

I don't accept jobs under pressure, with impossible deadlines or "for yesterday". If the agency/customer is very bad planning his schedule, it's their fault and not mine. Although I can handle a large amount of words per day, I do take my time. Let them suffer (looking for hundreds of translators, having to pay 3x, getting a lousy translation full of errors), not me!

Iwona Budzynska MCIL
Philip Lees
Franco Rigoni
 

Edward Potter  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:33
Membro (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
A couple of months ago Jan 19

I pull an all-nighter every two years or so on average. I try not to, but it seems inevitable. I don't grouch about it too much since I do work late into the night on a frequent basis. I charge enough to make it worth my while.

Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 17:33
Membro (2014)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Other Jan 19

All-nighter is my routine. I'm an owl.

Muriel Vasconcellos
Jorge Payan
 

xanthippe  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 22:33
Membro (2008)
Italian to French
+ ...
SITE LOCALIZER
5 years ago Jan 19

3 days and 2 nights working non-stop on a proofreading + DTP for the translation of a PhD Thesis on innovative building materials.

 

Wilsonn Perez Reyes  Identity Verified
El Salvador
Local time: 14:33
Membro (2007)
English to Spanish
+ ...
Definition of all-nighter Jan 20

Mario Freitas wrote:

All-nighter is my routine. I'm an owl.


I am also an owl, but I think the poll refers to working non stop without sleeping, just like xanthippe says: "3 days and 2 nights working non-stop on a proofreading + DTP for the translation of a PhD Thesis on innovative building materials."


xanthippe
Mario Freitas
 
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