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Tools for planning

Following on from my last post about getting back into the swing of things, I’m now at the planning stage.


Last week, I sat down with a mid-morning snack and asked myself a series of questions:

What am I going to do with my time (after finishing my Master’s degree) until I have a full schedule?

What new skills can I learn?

What existing knowledge can I build on?

Where do I want to be?

And, most importantly:

How can I get there?


So what tools are out there to help you map out your ideas?


Free, but pretty basic.


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Free and paid options, depending on your intended usage.


Generally used for presentations, but it can be a great visual tool for brainstorming. If you want to try it out, here’s a handy template for using Prezi as a mind mapping device.


Want something a little different?

*Good ol’ pen and paper

There’s a lot to be said for online tools, but I do love to map out my ideas by hand. I learn best by seeing and/or doing, plus I love an excuse to dust off my coloured pens…

I also love this free printable brainstorm sheet:

Free printable brainstorming sheet via

Free printable brainstorming sheet via

What’s your favourite way to organise your ideas?

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2013 – the year of translators

On my daily browse through the translation blogosphere, I came across the latest post by Marta at Want Words , which suggests a three-point plan for improving on 2012 and making this year your best ever:

*Identify what you didn’t like about 2012Sleepless movie trailer

*Find the reasons for the things you didn’t like about 2012

*Have a plan of how to fix it

I side with Marta here in resenting the rates proposed by some clients, and their payment terms. However, we are in control of what we accept and what we choose to reject. The ability to control my working conditions and reputation is one of my favourite things about my chosen career. Let’s all make this the year of the translator.

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A little diversion…the translator’s word search

As the well known Monty Python catchphrase goes, and now for something completely different.

My other half is training to be a secondary-level (11-16) teacher at the moment, which means that I get to test out a lot of different teaching methods. A few nights ago, my activity was a geographical word search, so I thought I’d create a small (very easy) puzzle for you guys to do. As fellow word nerds, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. I guarantee it will take you less than 5 minutes, and they do say that regular breaks are good for us…

So why not take a break and have a go? 😀