Ask Jacqueline Morgan, an Edoc transcriptionist, if she has any tips for other remote workers, and she has some great advice—thanks, in part, to her past work environment: “After spending my professional life to the age of 40 in a corporate environment with a commute, a disciplined routine and treating the job as the same as traveling to an office minus the commute has been the key for me for the 18 years I have been in this line of work,” she explains.
“I have always dressed for work no matter the shift time, enforced a rule of limited interruptions while working, and take breaks each hour or so for stretching or a trip to the kitchen or to see the animals and enjoy some fresh air,” she says.
Keep reading our Q&A with Jacqueline to learn more about her morning routine (which starts before dawn), and what she enjoys most about her work right now.
Q: Are you a morning person or an evening person?
Definitely a morning person, especially for physical tasks, and then I get a second wind to be able to focus later in the day for brain-work with Edoc.
Q: Sometimes people who work remotely can benefit from a morning routine. Do you have any kind of morning ritual or routine?
My morning routine begins before dawn. I have a working farm in the beautiful Willamette Valley in Oregon. I have my coffee pre-set (mandatory!) and sip it while preparing breakfast for all my farm animals (cows, goats, chickens, farm cats, birds of all kinds, and a skunk Pepe LePew).
I start my chores at daylight in my farm garb. This takes 2-3 hours depending on the chores at hand. I return with eggs from the chickens as their gift of breakfast to me, and prepare for the day like any work day with a cute outfit and makeup.
If any errands need to be done, I do so before beginning my shift as I live rurally and nothing is “down the street!” My shift begins at noon, and I am seated with my office door shut and log onto Scriptus (Edoc’s transcription platform).
Q: What do you enjoy about your role right now?
I love every single facet of my job. I have worked in many disciplines of healthcare documentation, acute care, clinic work, specialty focuses, and the hospice aspect of healthcare is truly an exceptional part of medicine. It is an honor to transcribe these reports. I love the platform that Edoc has provided for me, the support, and the dedication to providing me as an MT with all the tools I need to complete my work efficiently and effectively.
Also, the flexibility of the job enables me to take care of my farm and enjoy all the activities and beauty of the Pacific Northwest with family and friends.
Q: What is something that might surprise others to learn about you?
Four years ago as an urbanite, I struggled to keep the basil on my windowsill alive and now am growing a half acre of unbelievably delicious Elephant Garlic. Ginger, turmeric, and wasabi will be planted this year, all as specialty crops.
Q: If you had no obligations or work tomorrow, what would you do with your free time?
Chicken coop makeover!
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