If you own or manage a business, you know how difficult it is to budget your time and focus on those tasks that are most important. You probably have a never-ending to-do list and many people asking you to complete additional tasks. Being unable to manage your time leads to burnout. 

Keep Your Top Goals to a Short List

Begin each day by deciding which tasks are most important for the day and the week. Be sure to break those tasks down into smaller steps. Don’t attack entire projects, but instead focus on the specific steps. Even if they feel small, they’ll add up. It’s also important to set clear deadlines for yourself. 

Don’t go crazy when making your to-do list. Keep the list short and manageable. The point of creating a to-do list isn’t to list every single thing down that you would ever hope to accomplish. The list is supposed to be an effective tool, so it should be short and focused. 

Regain Control of Your Inbox

Set regular times to check your email inbox during the day. Don’t worry about checking it obsessively or responding to every email ping right away. Let your coworkers know when you’ll be responding to their emails. 

Organizing your inbox will also help you stay on track. Delete emails that you don’t need to read again. If you receive email updates you don’t ever actually read, unsubscribe from them. Set up folders, categories, and labels to organize your emails. 

Schedule Meetings Mindfully

When you book meetings, schedule them for as short a period of time possible. This shorter time frame communicates a sense of urgency, which encourages people to get to the point more quickly. If you run out of time and find you still have questions, schedule another follow up meeting. 

When you schedule your meetings, do your best to schedule all of them back-to-back. This way you can give all your meetings the attention they deserve. You’ll also have the rest of your day to complete projects without having to start and stop to go to meetings. 

Don’t be afraid to experiment with these different methods to find out which ones work best for you. After all, each person is different. Being able to better manage your time will help you be more productive and engaged during the workday.

This article was originally published at FredSines.co.uk.


  • Fred Sines

    Owner at Sines Parks

    Maurice "Fred" Sines is a businessman who is currently living and working near London, England. Fred specializes in the real estate industry where he deals in luxury mobile homes, an industry he got into following in his father's footsteps. After purchasing his first park in 1997, Fred spent a few years building up his portfolio before opening up Sines Parks. Ever since he was a young boy, Fred has worked hard to hone his business skills. He's become an expert communicator and is extremely savvy when it comes to making major business decisions and running the day-to-day affairs of his parks. People who meet Fred are surprised to learn that he has limited formal education, as he dropped out of school at a young age. Since leave school, Fred has held a wide variety of jobs including window cleaner, milk man, paper boy, and then eventually a manager in his father’s nursery. Fred started at the bottom, but he has transformed himself and his business through his consistent practice, observation, research, and incredible dedication. Now Fred Sines has created some of the leading names of luxury mobile home parks in the UK. Fred's homes are catered to those over 50, who are looking for a peaceful retirement community. Each of his many parks offers residents something different, whether they be seaside views, trails through the woods, or convenient locations near historic attractions. He works with each resident to help customize their new home exactly how they want. Fred strives to create a safe and inclusive community for those who live in his parks. When Fred Sines isn't hard at work, he enjoys playing golf both in the UK and in exotic locations such as Dubai. He also enjoys driving cars from his luxury Rolls-Royce collection or riding his motorcycle. He is also a devoted husband and father.