Don't touch your mouse

Posted by David Khoirul

Ahnam Alex Indonesian translatorAhnan Alex of wrote a good piece of article on how you can work with your document faster and more efficiently, and why deadlines are important. Translators, bloggers, journalists and anyone who's involved in jobs dealing with text and document can borrow the tips here in his article. And here's a secret: You don't have to return them. You can pass them on to another writer without losing them.

Getting things done fast is a must when you are a translator, and deadlines always matter. You have to do the deadlines exactly like what your clients have stipulated. Unless you work effectively to meet the deadlines, your clients will refuse to get in touch with you, no matter how good your quality is.

A few days ago, a friend of mine who is also a fellow translator failed to meet the deadline. As the problem gets worse, I asked the outsourcer why this happened and when this fellow translator had to deliver the results. The outsourcer told me he had missed three days since the deadline was stipulated. As a language professional, I feel embarrassed!

We cannot always go with this problem. That is why, in order to cope with the situation, we need to apply some corresponding strategies. The key is, do it right away and do anything that helps you save your translation time.

Remember, every second counts. Take every possible thing that can save your time -- for example, maximizing your PC features. Merely using a mouse is a mistake because it will slow you down, and it should be lessened. Have a look at some keyboard shortcuts below. After you learn how the key combinations work, practice them on your translation sheet and you'll be amazed at how much time you can save. None is wasted.

Windows program key combinations:

  • CTRL+C - Copy
  • CTRL+X - Cut
  • CTRL+V - Paste
  • CTRL+Z - Undo
  • CTRL+B - Bold
  • CTRL+U - Underline
  • CTRL+I - Italic

The shortcuts trick above, however, is only one of the small and trivial things you can do to maximize your time. Remember proverb "One does not fall to the ground due to the big stone; it is due to the small one."

A professional translator since 2004, Ahnan Alex lives in Pasuruan with his two-year-old son, Daniel, and wife. Ahnan, who previously taught English at YPPI Primary School in Surabaya, has helped localize from English to Bahasa Indonesia.


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