Time Management Hacks for Busy Entrepreneurs

As entrepreneurs, we all know that time is our most valuable asset. With so many demands on our schedules, it’s essential to find ways to manage our time effectively. 

There was a time early in my career when I was so consumed with building FUBU that I neglected my personal life and health. I remember one particular week where I worked almost non-stop, barely sleeping and eating on the go. By the end of the week, I was exhausted and felt like I was running on fumes. It was a wake-up call. I realized that to be effective in my business, I needed to take care of myself first. 

Over the years, I've learned some valuable hacks that have helped me stay on top of my game, and I want to share them with you.

Prioritize Your Tasks

One of the first things I learned was the importance of prioritizing tasks. When I started FUBU, I was juggling numerous responsibilities—from designing clothes to managing finances and marketing the brand. I quickly realized that not all tasks were created equal. To stay focused, I began categorizing tasks based on their urgency and importance. The Eisenhower Matrix, which divides tasks into four quadrants, became a lifesaver. This method helps you focus on what’s crucial and delegate or defer less important tasks.

The Eisenhower Matrix

One of the most effective tools I’ve used for prioritizing tasks is the Eisenhower Matrix. This matrix helps you categorize tasks into four quadrants:

  1. Urgent and Important: Tasks that require immediate attention and contribute to your long-term goals.
  2. Important but Not Urgent: Tasks that are essential for long-term success but can be scheduled for later.
  3. Urgent but Not Important: Tasks that need quick action but don't significantly impact your goals. These can often be delegated.
  4. Not Urgent and Not Important: Tasks that are distractions and can be eliminated.

By using the Eisenhower Matrix, you can focus on what truly matters and delegate or defer less critical tasks, making your workflow more efficient and productive.

The Power of a Morning Routine

Establishing a consistent morning routine has been a game-changer for me. I wake up early, around 5 AM, to get a head start on the day. My routine includes some quiet time for reflection, a bit of exercise to get the blood flowing, and a review of my goals for the day. This routine sets a positive tone and ensures I start my day with clarity and focus.

Time Blocking

Time blocking has also been instrumental in managing my busy schedule. Instead of trying to multitask, I allocate specific blocks of time for different activities. For example, when I'm not on the road for a speaking tour, I might block off a couple of hours in the morning for strategic planning, followed by time for recording content, and then some uninterrupted time in the afternoon for my team. This approach minimizes distractions and helps me stay focused on one task at a time.

Learn to Say No

As entrepreneurs, we often feel the pressure to say yes to every opportunity that comes our way. However, I've learned that saying no is just as important. It’s crucial to protect your time and energy for the projects and tasks that truly matter. By setting boundaries and being selective about commitments, you can avoid spreading yourself too thin and maintain a higher level of productivity.

Delegate and Outsource

Another key lesson has been the power of delegation. When FUBU started growing, I realized I couldn't do everything myself. By delegating tasks to my team and outsourcing specific functions, I could focus on the strategic aspects of the business. Trusting others to handle operational details not only frees up your time but also empowers your team and leverages their strengths. Even now in my consulting company, The Shark Group, we emphasize the importance of delegation. We assess each team member's strengths and assign tasks accordingly, ensuring that everyone is working in their area of expertise. This not only enhances productivity but also fosters a collaborative environment where everyone feels valued and engaged.

Use Technology Wisely

In today’s digital age, there are countless tools designed to help with time management. Apps like Monday.com for project management, Slack for team communication, and Calendly for scheduling can streamline your workflow and keep you organized.

Additionally, AI-powered tools are transforming how we manage our time and tasks. For example, Eleven Labs.io can assist with content creation, and ChatGPT is fantastic for ideating and brainstorming. My team also uses Photoshop's AI tools to clean up photos efficiently. However, it's essential to use technology mindfully to avoid becoming overwhelmed by notifications and digital clutter.

Take Breaks and Recharge

Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of taking breaks and recharging. When I first started out, I often worked long hours without taking time to rest. Over time, I realized that this approach wasn’t sustainable. And my family wasn't loving it either.

Now, I make it a point to take regular breaks throughout the day and ensure I have downtime to recharge. This practice helps prevent burnout and keeps me energized and focused.


Managing your time effectively is crucial for success as an entrepreneur. By prioritizing tasks, establishing a morning routine, time blocking, learning to say no, delegating, using technology wisely, and taking breaks, you can make the most of your time and stay on top of your game. Remember, it's not just about working harder, but working smarter.

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