The end of the year usually finds us organising, alphabetising, categorising and filing our paperwork for the whole year.
I think most people would regard this as a rather dull task but I actually quite enjoy it: first of all, there is that same nice feeling you get after finishing your spring cleaning; when you create order and arrange things. It can be pretty meditative as you focus on sorting out the papers and put away the old in preparation for something new.
Although I love things that are well-organised, this is not the main reason I like the end-of-the-year filing session. The best thing about it is remembering all the translations we did throughout the year! Flipping through all the paperwork gives me a great opportunity to recall all those interesting translations I looked after, small ones and big ones, those with a single language combination and those with several languages. I can muse over remarkable projects which were particularly exciting, think of all our valued clients and our trusted translators.
It’s also useful to look back at those projects that were a bit more challenging: maybe they had an unusual language combination, a new subject matter or a tight deadline. As a project coordinator, I can always learn from projects that require some outside-the-box thinking or special logistics. And I like a good challenge, anyway!
As we are boxing up our paperwork for 2016, I already start thinking about the coming year. What great projects will I have the pleasure to look after? Which returning and new clients I’ll get to assist? Will I get to work with some exotic languages and cooperate with new linguists? What exciting challenges will I meet? I can hardly wait to find out what 2017 has to offer!
On behalf of everyone at First Edition, I would like to thank you for being such wonderful clients and amazing translators! We are really looking forward to working together with you in the new year.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss a translation project with us, don’t hesitate to get in touch via our online contact form or by phone (01223 356 733).
Source of image: Cheryl Empey