MedicalWritersSpeak's podcast
MedicalWritersSpeak's podcast
Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD
Freelance Medical Writer Success Trait Number 6: Organized and Mindful of Time
1 hour 23 minutes Posted Jan 13, 2022 at 2:00 am.
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So this week I have a touch of Covid (thankfully, the seemingly milder Omicron variety). And YES I got 2 vaccinations and a booster! Anyway, I don’t want you having to listen to my croaky voice, except for in the intro sections!

I did a 3-part series on productivity a while back and thought I would repost the series as a single episode here as it pertains to success trait number 6, which is “organized and mindful of time.”

  • In the first of this 3-part series, I describe productivity hacks that everyone can use.
  • In the second of this 3-part series, I talk about medical-writer specific productivity hacks.
  • In the third of this 3-part series, I talk about delegating, the key to being uberproductive and having enough free time.


Here are the top 10 traits of successful medical writers as I see them:

  1. Focused on what the client and reader wants and needs
  2. Follows directions
  3. Follows formatting
  4. Responsive
  5. Well versed in AMA style and rules of editing. 
  6. Organized and mindful of time.
  7. Cheerful/forgiving/flexible 
  8. Professional with clients on calls
  9. LinkedIn presence. 
  10. Lifelong learner

You can listen to that overview episode here

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