Time Management: An Essential Trick That Every Translator Must Possess
By: Rabia Tanveer
The people who work as full-time translators know the importance of time management in this line of business. According to the current standard and trend of the industry, the clients are more susceptible to a translation service is efficient and takes less time to translate documents and websites. If you provide different types of translation services or even one type of translation service, you need to be efficient and you need to manage your time in order to be proactive and meet these competitive deadlines.
The proverbial clock is always ticking and you need to be on your toes to be able to beat it. However, if you follow some simple tips and tricks, you will be able to actually save some time and impress the client by being ahead of time. So let’s jump right into it and show you how you can manage your time and still be good.
Create A Schedule:
Creating a schedule and planning ahead of time is always a good sign. You will know that you are headed in the right direction. Be proactive and create a schedule that fits well and make your tasks. Once you have written things down, you can see how long each thing will take and you can move forward accordingly.
Turn That Volume Down
You need to put that phone down and turn it on silent. This is actually an effective way to conserve time because if you are half attentive to your work, you will not be able to concentrate on your work. Once it is on silent, you will not have to think about all the text messages that distract you from your work.
Plan, But Not Completely
How many times do things go according to plan? We all have our schedules and we all know how they end up. This is why you need to plan only 60% of your schedule. Leave some room for things of an unexpected nature. You cannot expect your day to go smoothly. You need to give yourself some leverage to breathe… or work on something extra.
Block Some Time Out
If you keep working 12 to 14 hours in a day, you will be exhausted and will not be able to do the right job. So block out some time for yourself to relax or even take a nap because your head will hurt after working 5 to 6 hours straight.
Prioritize Your Work
You need to prioritize your work. Make a to-do list and decide which task should be completed first. You need to make sure that you understand what is going on and what needs to be done and what can wait some more.
Lastly, enjoy your work. If you do not enjoy your work, you will not be able to provide high quality translation and we know that, that is a career killer.