From Vicky Hinstridge, freelance medical writer works while the dogs are sleeping.
My day as a freelance medical writer started at 07:00 hours when I switched on my Mac to check if there were any urgent emails. Then it out with the dogs for a walk, check on a neighbour’s cat and feed the birds. Kate Humble once said that “half-an-hour of animal husbandry is a good way to start the day”, and I quite agree. We certainly wouldn’t be able to have any pets if I wasn’t home based, and the dogs make great office companions. Dog walking is also good thinking time, and helps put things into perspective.
Following a few more domestic chores I finally sat down to work at 09:30 feeling like I had already done a day’s work.
On my “To do” list for today:
Accounts – not my favourite task
Scheduling a teleconference with investigators in Europe and the US – this is challenging given their hectic schedules and time differences. Thanks goodness their helpful assistants who have a lot of patience.
Updating a database for a client
Of course this could all change with one email or a phone call; it’s the unpredictable nature of Med Comms that I enjoy. No two days are the same and you are always learning new things.
Meanwhile my office companions are… asleep.