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Last night a DA saved my life

Changing home is always a shock.  Moving to a new house is the third most traumatic thing after death and divorce, experts said. Moving to another country is not easier, even if you wish it. You need to do a lot of paperwork, find a house, open a bank account, register at the town council, buy a stable Internet connection and, yes, find a doctor.

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If you are a freelance, you may also need to register for VAT or open a new company in the country you are going to pay your taxes.

Now I am the owner and director of Financial Translation Hub Ltd.

New habits, new language, new faces around me.

I like it. Though it involves a lot of work and appointments. A lot of things to buy, to arrange, to do.

A few years ago, when I found myself overwhelmed by tasks and did not know from where to start, I discovered the GTD method. Today, after some years of practice, David Allen is saving my life for the second time. Or maybe the third.

Thanks to GTD, I have some spare time to write this blog!

Things are not perfect, yet. I need to improve, but the Getting-Things-Done approach helped me to clear my mind and decide my list of “priorities”. Hopefully, it may help other people who find themselves oppressed by tasks, ideas, appointments and really need to stop and reset.

It includes time management tips, but this is only a small part of it. You need to change your attitude. GTD helped me to clarify my objectives, collect ideas and tasks, both in my personal and professional life, and review them on a regular basis.

  “Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.” Bil Kean

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Translations on the Fly

 

How long does it take to complete a (good) translation? 

I could translate 2,000 words in less than 30 minutes”, a potential client said to me, declining my offer to deliver the job within close of business on the same day. “Wow, how quick you can type!”, I thought*.

Translators may be superheroes with resources beyond imagination, though there are objective or reasonable limits to be considered. In general terms, a professional specialised translator can translate around 2,500-3,000 words per day, but there is a but.

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How long does it take to complete a professional translation?

Variables are numerous. Delivery time varies with the language, length and difficulty of the text. Needless to say, specialisation and availability of the translator are also to be taken into account. Continua la lettura di Translations on the Fly