Ever wondered how professional, busy women ‘fit everything in’? Welcome to the next interview in my ‘She’s got time for WHAT?’ series.

I’ve spoken with these gorgeous ladies and they’re shared their days with me. We’re covering things such as:

  • shesgottimeforwhatWhat they do
  • How they do it
  • When they fit everything in
  • Personal boundaries
  • Time for themselves
  • Favourite tools
  • Productivity and efficiency secrets

 

 

 

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Introducing – Dr. Sheila Cornea

www.gutsygraceleaders.com

Tell me a bit about your business

I offer courses, coaching and community that help ladies lead with more excellence, ease, and enjoyment.

 

 

 

Do you have a ‘typical day’? Or are most days different?

I have a ‘pattern’ for a typical day; however, I embrace and enjoy the randomness required as an innovative leader.

How does your average day look, from the minute you wake up to the minute you go back to bed?

Wake up.

Read sacred scripture for the day.

Review schedule and intentions for day.

Groom.

Get coffee.

Make myself eat breakfast (I’m bad about skipping it.)

Tackle morning routine:

  • TLC for tribe and private community
  • Work on blog post planning, writing, or editing
  • Contribute in online groups

Lunch – often with a friend or colleague

Tackle afternoon project such as:

  • Developing new product or service,
  • Writing
  • Website updates

Dinner with family or friends.

Evenings are spent with my husband if he is in town. When he is traveling I will often work on a project or interact on social media.

Do you feel like you fit everything in? Or do you finish your day thinking you should have done so much more? Please chat a bit about that.

Oh goodness, I never feel like everything is finished. But I have learned to embrace the idea of ‘enough for today.’ I almost always have a run-over list for tomorrow. I think it is more of a personal trait than anything. I felt the same when I was teaching seventh grade twenty years ago. However, I have learned to say, “That’s enough for today” and feel good about it.

Do you specifically do anything – on a regular basis – that you believe really contributes a lot to your success?

I am a goal-setter. I believe you have to know where you are headed if you want to make good traction in your dreams. Vague is the enemy of progress, so you have to get specific about what you want and what you will do to achieve it. A lot of people see goal-setting as restrictive or intimidating. I don’t. Goals aren’t your limit or boundary; goals are your starting point to greatness.

Does managing your time come easily to you? Have you always been that way?

{chuckle} No. Managing time and space is a discipline…an unwelcome one at times. I am not a natural organizer of time and space, although others think that I am…they see the fruit not the struggle.

Ironically, I am expert at organizing ideas: creative strategy, content, and events for myself and for others.

I have learned that I must organize my time and space to stay out of overwhelm and into effectiveness.

Do you have time for your friends? Your family? Your health and fitness? Please tell me a bit about that.

i make time for family, friends, and health. I love my work, so I can get absorbed in it for sure.

I have seasons where I literally schedule reminders in my calendar for family and friends just to keep myself balanced. I think you have to prioritize relationships just as you do everything else you want to do well. Relationships need nurturing, and that requires time and attention.

As for health and fitness, I learned the hard way via adrenal exhaustion that if you don’t pay attention to your body, it will demand it of you eventually. I still haven’t mastered a strong fitness routine, but I’m working towards it.

Do you have boundaries regarding your own time? How did you come up with those? Do they work?

Boundaries are vital to establish. I block my time in two or three hour increments, which helps me to focus on the tasks at hand.

I don’t feel compelled to answer texts, emails, calls, etc when I am working in a block of time to accomplish something.

Also, when I’m with my family, I turn off my notifications or leave my phone (aka business) out of sight. It reminds me and shows them that I’m tuned in to what is happening in the moment.

Do you ever feel like procrastination gets in the way of achievement? Or are you very regimented in that regard? Please tell me a bit more about that.

I’m actually working on an e-book ‘The Procrastinator’s Guide to Being Productive.’ As with many creatives I’ve met, it has been a life long struggle for me. I can tell that I’m subconsciously intimidated by something when I find myself re-organizing, list-making, or social scrolling. Again, blocking time helps with this. I don’t beat myself up. I just give myself a fifteen minute break to do something ‘fun’ then set an hour to just ‘dig out’ the thing I need to accomplish.

Procrastination in itself isn’t bad, it actually tells you that you need to deal with something courageously. If you will listen when it whispers, then it can actually propel you into stronger action taking that will move you forward.

How do you structure your time on social media? Do you feel like it ‘gets in the way’ of achievement? Are you addicted to scrolling and refreshing? 🙂

I have to structure my time for social media if I’m are going to use it as a tool for business. I get in and get out.

I don’t leave my social tabs open when I’m working on something else. A couple of things I have found that help are:

  • Facebook – from my phone I use the groups or messenger apps to connect. It prevents me from scrolling feeds.
  • Facebook & Twitter – use lists to scroll only ‘businessy’ stuff when you are working.

All media, especially Periscope – mute it while you’re working

If you were asked to track your week, hour by hour, how do you think the outcome of the tracking would compare with your estimates of what you spend your time on?

I actually do this as a reflection practice from time to time. I think it is important to define what success and productivity mean to you as part of this tracking. You have to embrace teachable moments, divine interruptions, and unplanned opportunities along the way.

Do you have any favourite productivity tools?

Yes! In order of importance for me:

  • Google calendar
  • Utilizing a good email folder system
  • Utilizing an organized desktop filing system
  • ARC notebook system
  • Asana
  • Evernote

For anyone who struggles with time management – what would be your one big piece of advice for them?

I have two.

First of all, give yourself a break! Have realistic expectations and ease into becoming disciplined with your time. Start with small goals and work your way into being a productivity guru.

Secondly, you have to find and embrace your own rhythm. Time management is really self-management. Decide how you want to manage your attention to things. You are unique – embrace what works best for you in this season of your life.

What percentage of week do you currently spend on ‘you’?

I genuinely believe that spending time with friends, family, learning, etc, is strengthening me as a person, so I would definitely count that as time spent on  me too.

However, to justly answer your question, if you mean spending time alone focused on my personal nurture, I would say 1 – 2 hours per day. That time includes my spiritual practices of prayer and scripture, girl stuff like pedicures, reading magazines for enjoyment, reflexology, cooking for pleasure, and so forth.

What percentage of week do you wish you could spend on ‘you’?

 Twice as much as I do now.

Wow Dr. Sheila – this is fantastic. I love your take on procrastination. What we often see as something ‘bad’ can actually be a blessing in disguise.