AM to PM with Paula Harsley

By Ben Carey on 10 January, 2024

AM to PM takes a sneak peek at the daily routine of some of our business community’s top professionals.

Paula Harsley is a Corsham-based Copywriter specialising in bringing words to life through translating tech speak, writing winning awards submissions, creating quirky copy for magazine articles and more.

From copywriting to cocker spaniels, Paula gives us a glimpse of her day-to-day life.

What time does your alarm go off?

7.15am. I’m not a morning person, so I get up as late as possible!

Do you have a strict morning routine or do you take a flexible approach?

Once I start working, I’ll look at my ‘To Do’ list and check outstanding tasks for the day. My work is so varied I need to keep on top of all the projects.

What’s on the breakfast table?

Cereal and a mug of tea.

Aside from grabbing a bite to eat, how do you spend your lunch break?

I try to eat away from my desk and go for a walk, if only around the garden. As a fair-weather walker, I can often be found taking a brisk circuitous walk around my kitchen table, just to get my step-count up!

What’s the most fun part of your day?

Waking up to my cocker spaniels wagging their tails (and their bums) at me. Their excitement and exuberance for the day ahead (and life in general) rubs off.

What do you love most about your job?

Working with such a diverse assortment of businesses and charities. None of my projects are exactly the same. I could be writing a blog about high temperature-resistant rubber; an employee guide on how to dress a mannequin or an awards submission for a go-ahead business. Boredom isn’t an option when you’re a wordsmith.

What’s the worst part of the job?

Many people dislike administration tasks, but I quite like them. The worst part form me is seeing poor communications but the business owner not realising the negative impact that it has on their organisation.

What gadget or app could you not live without in your professional life?

My phone! It has my life within it and a plethora of valuable apps. I don’t think I could now live without any of them without spending hours transferring the information contained within them to paper first!

If you could clone yourself, what would your clone get up to whilst you were busy working?

I’d be spending time with my grandson or driving my Citroen 2CV through France, stopping off at cafés along the way to soak up the atmosphere, drink hot chocolate and eat cake!

If you changed direction, what would be your Plan B?

After 36 years of paid employment, being a self-employed wordsmith is my Plan B and I’m loving it!