Nothing is more attractive in becoming an entrepreneur than having flexibility. You don’t have a boss demanding for you to come in at a certain time and who is upset if you leave five minutes early on a Friday. Everything is up to you, your work hours, lunch breaks, holidays, etc. Though this flexibility is clearly a good, no, great thing, it does have its pitfalls.

For instance, it can be easy to be tempted by distractions causing you to lose focus and your business will suffer as a result. This is why it is important to fall into a routine, create a schedule and stick to it. There are several benefits to planning out your week and listed below are some we believe will be reasons for you to sit down at the beginning of every week and make a list of what you want to accomplish.

Tracking Time will Save you Time

If you want to know where your time is going from week to week, it is best to track your time, either manually or using an app designed to track your progress in the background.

You can review your past work week and see how many hours were spent on other distracting tasks such as Facebook. By knowing what hours of the day you are most productive (less likely to be distracted), you can plan your work week around your peak productivity hours.

Structure Enables Flexibility

Structure and flexibility really do go hand in hand. Not succumbing to a schedule can lead you down one of two roads:

1. Fill your days with personal errands and leave no time for work

2. Fill your days with work and leave no time for pleasure.

Either one can be destructive as drifting along will soon have you overwhelmed with a large pile of to-do’s and obligations. Mapping out your daily, weekly and monthly schedule will give you a bird’s eye view of the maze you are running through. It will help you manage your time and give you the flexibility to set aside much needed time for yourself.

Goals will Keep You Motivated

If you want action, you need an action plan. When you set goals, no matter how big or how small, you give yourself purpose until that goal is met. Goal setting helps transform resolutions into results. The best is to reward yourself once a goal is reached. This will give you a reason to define your objectives and work hard in meeting them. A little direction will get you motoring down the right track.

Deadlines Help Prioritize Work

When you create a deadline, you are forced to think about all the steps you must tackle in order to achieve it. Visualizing these steps will help you maintain focus. With deadlines, work becomes more of a priority and keeps you from becoming absorbed in meaningless tasks. This will help you learn how to say “no.”

Deadlines push us to work harder and sometimes, smarter. If you have to get a project done by a certain time, then you will plan to work efficiently to get that done as soon as possible so that you can move on with the next project, or better yet, reward yourself for a job well done.

Planning Out Your Week Is the Way To Go

Being realistic about your schedule and having a plan at the beginning of the week will help you stay on track. As much as structure can seem like the chain you once broke free from your last office job, it is essential to moving your business forward. Schedules are a good thing, nothing to fear and avoid.