I’m Sahar Ismail, CEO of LegacyArmour, and This Is How I Work



Thanks to CoCo for sponsoring our new How I Work series!

LegacyArmour is a digital service, which allows you to deliver a secure eVault filled with the information of your choosing (photos, passwords, and stories are all fair game) on a designated date in the event that you are unable to give the information to loved ones yourself.

At the helm as CEO is Sahar Ismail, who co-founded the company and continues to run it. We spoke with her to learn about her work habits and the the way she operates LegacyArmour on a typical day — inside and outside the office.

What is word that best describes how you work?


What does your current setup look like?

A hybrid of office space and telecommute, as well as travel to clients

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Cell phone, website, email, text, Encryption

What your sleep schedule and what’s the morning routine?

I’m up at 6 a.m., have a cup of coffee and sometimes workout for an hour (otherwise workout at lunch). I start work at 7:30 – 8 a.m. until 4 p.m..Then, I head home to spend time with family, help my daughters with homework and have dinner together. Then, I get back online from 10:00 p.m. until around 1 a.m. (we have an international team that operate in different time zones)

Is there a method to how you schedule your days?

Microsoft Outlook, Personal assistant, appointment setting service

How much time do you spend in vs. out of the office?

70 out /30 in

What’s your best time-saving shortcut/life hack?

Invest your time only activities that align with your set goals

What is that one thing you have to do, no matter what, every day?

Have a sit down dinner with my family, without interruptions

What is your preferred form of communication and why? Face-to-face. It is more personable and builds trust faster.

On average, how many hours a day do you spend in meetings?


When, where and what do you typically eat for lunch?

My meals are divided 3 hrs apart so lunch is usually around 1 pm and it is usually a small salad, greek yogurt and tea/coffee/water

Honestly: how many hrs/week and do you work in the evenings and/or weekends?

After the girls bedtime and around 10PM, I usually get online to communicate with the international sales & dev teams every weekday. Saturdays are off, although Sunday nights usually end up also being work nights.

What is the best advice you ever received, accepted, and applied?

“As you think, so shall you become”

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I’d love to see Prof Masood Amin (University of Minnesota) from Minnesota’s tech industry answer these same questions.