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If you have a job and are working on a side business, then you haven’t truly yet experienced the “entrepreneurial life” quite yet. However, once you make the leap you’ll find that your mindset has to immediately change into a complete survival frame of mind.

That’s to be expected, and one of the very reasons that a lot of employees don’t take control of their own financial futures by starting their own business. Yet, it’s not the most important element of being your own boss. There’s one thing that is so simple yet powerful to being a successful entrepreneur. The secret?

You should be scheduling out your day.

That’s right! Making a list of your priorities, doing the most important tasks first, and blocking off time every single day to accomplish what needs to be done are some of the most important tasks that every business owner struggles with.

Why is this so important? Well, one of the big reasons is that entrepreneurs simply forget to do it. Humans are lazy by nature, and unless you have your own personal assistant, you’re not likely to schedule out your day every day until it becomes habit. Either that, or you have a set routine that becomes habit, and ensures that your day is always productive.

Usually, however, this is not the case; business owners may find that they start one project, then become distracted by another seemingly important task, then move on to another job that needs to be done, etc. It’s a vicious cycle of running in circles and never truly accomplishing the first, most important thing that actually demanded their immediate attention.

There’s a simple way that you can fix this, and that’s scheduling out your day into solid chunks of time. If you have a smart phone – which more likely than not, you do – then you’ll find it quite easy to schedule out your day and stick to it.

This doesn’t mean that things won’t happen throughout your day to throw you off track, and your schedule will help keep you focused when distractions do occur. For instance, if you work from home and you’re taking care of your dog, Fido might need to go to the bathroom every few hours. Lucky for you, you don’t have to ask to take a break! You can just get up and then get back to work because you know that your schedule says you have to complete that tasks until a certain time.

But wait – what if you finish a task before your block of time is finished? Well, you have two options: one, move everything up in your schedule so that you’re done sooner, or take a break until your next scheduled activity comes up. Depending on how you like to handle your work, both options are fine as long as you stick to the order of tasks at hand.

So remember: if you find yourself having trouble getting the things done that need to be done, make sure you block off time for the important things in your business so that you can enjoy the important things in life.