The last thing a busy person wants to hear is: “Quit something, you are doing too much!” I enjoy being busy. It’s a lifestyle choice. And I love all my jobs (translator, music teacher and alternative high school / LBS program coordinator). Why quit one? I wouldn’t know which one to choose: my three jobs bring me joy, a sense of accomplishment, a challenge, lots of learning opportunities, and I get to meet and work with wonderful people. So, when I recently read the following post on social media: “Learn to take breaks, not quit,” I learned to do just that. I integrated more planned and worthy breaks into my schedule.
Here is a list of questions you should ask yourself to make your breaks count.
Being a good translator also means being good at revising documents. Attention to detail is pivotal when revising and proofreading a document. Here are tips that may help improve your revision and proofreading skills:
1. Find a time when your concentration level is at its peak. I work best in the morning.
2. Limit visual distractions in your document. If your document is crammed with pictures, copy and paste the text in a separate document. Focus on details such as spelling, typography, grammar and punctuation, and not on the visual appearance of the document.
Did you know? The idea of sticky notes with adhesive was conceived in 1974? They have been around for quite some time. And, thank goodness for Post-it notes! My life would be in chaos if I didn’t have these little life-reminder notes! Let me show you how I use sticky notes.
Stick to Colours!
I consider myself an effective and organized person. I like to organize my tasks with coloured Post-its where each task is written on a note that refers to a coloured system of organization, for example, blue refers to my translation business, pink is school related, green is music lessons, etc. This system helps me to visually get a glimpse of my week and the tasks I have to accomplish.
Translating documents from a language to another requires a sharp mind. Because we all know that physical health and mental health often go together, I try to keep a healthy and active brain by practising healthy eating habits. Here are examples of my brain-boosting foods. I often munch on these before or while I work.
- Blueberries contain anthocyanins which help improve memory and delay short term memory loss.
- Blackberries contain polyphenols that help neurons communicate with each other allowing the brain to absorb new information.
- Tomatoes contain lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant that protects against dementia.
Music is a big part of my life. I play instruments, sing, and listen to music on a daily basis. I’ve been playing piano for more than 35 years. The classical music education that I have received as a child has helped me become an excellent communicator, writer, and translator.
It is no secret that music is beneficial to communication development. Singing improves phonological awareness, pitch awareness, vocabulary and sentence development as well as rhythm. Learning to play an instrument improves auditory memory, tone and phrasing, and it teaches your brain to conduct many activities at once. Overall, music is a multi-sensory activity that stimulates the brain and develops verbal, communication and visual skills.
Personally, I think I am a better translator because of music.
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