Nicola Kayel VP, GI marketing, Salix Pharmaceuticals

Nicola Kayel is VP, GI marketing at Salix Pharmaceuticals.

Number of days on the road per year

On average, I spend about 30 to 35 days on the road.

Every day I remind myself to take a deep breath and focus on the things that can make a difference, especially in the lives of others, whether patients or colleagues.

Number of meetings per day

My day may include eight to 10 meetings.

Before I leave the office, I check my schedule for any conflicts to ensure I have a handle of what my day will look like and assess whether I need to make any adjustments.

Commute difficulty on a scale of one to 10

It’s not too difficult, so I would give it a four. Fortunately, I don’t live very far from my office in New Jersey, which allows me enough time to mentally prepare or unwind from my day while in the car.

I also appreciate the easier commute as I look forward to returning to my other full-time jobs: mom and wife.

Average wake up time on a weekday

My day starts at 5 a.m., and the first thing I check is my work email to get a sense of what to expect before heading to the office.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office

I have a motivational plaque that reads “attitude is everything,” and believe in adopting a positive one.

If I wasn’t working in healthcare marketing, I’d be…

Teaching chemistry to high school students.

Biggest lesson learned on the job

The biggest lesson I learned is not to sweat the small stuff. I ask myself, “Will this really make or break what I’m doing?” If not, I move on and focus on things that are more important and deserve the attention.

Book I’m reading

Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam.