It pays to plan ahead.  It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
It's not enough to be busy.  The question is: What are we busy about?
Henry David Thoreau

Take a few minutes to plan ahead the night before and save HUGE time the next day.
Elizabeth Hagen
Two chances to hear this complimentary

Speak Now & Forever Get New Clients Telelcass

What if you could easily attract clients and you...
* didn't have to spend a dime in advertising?
* didn't have to attend umpteen networking events?
* got to speak on topics your are passionate about?

Sound great?  I can't wait to share exactly how to do this with you.

You have two choices of dates to attend this complimentary teleclass:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 -5 PM to 6 PM EST
I'll be interviewed by Jody Gabourie, The Small Business Marketing Coach.
Find out more and register by clicking here.

Thursday, May 7, 2009 -  1 PM to 2 PM EST
I'll be interviewed by Joy Duling of the Midwest Business Academy.
Find our more and register by clicking here.
Extraordinary Results
May 2009 Newsletter
"It's Time for Incredible Impact on Your Schedule!"
May is here - thank goodness!  We've already had a 91 degree day in South Dakota and it was glorious!

April was a great month for me as I spoke in a variety of places and met the best people.  For pictures and to see where I spoke visit my blog.  You'll also see some really cute pictures of Micah and his prom date!

I want to share with you a huge honor that was given my husband, Bruce.  At the South Dakota Chiropractor's Association conference this month Bruce was honored with SD Chiropractor of the Year - we are very proud of him!


Have a fabulous May!  This is a great time to clean out your closet, store the winter clothing, and clean out the garage.
Fearlessly yours,

Elizabeth Hagen
Professional Organizer/Speaker
Feature Article
It's Time for Incredible Impact on Your Schedule!

My theme in 2009 for my business is Incredible Impact. My goal is to reach as many women as possible with the message that 'right now' is their time.

I've recently developed an inspirational keynote called It's Your Time: 7 Action Steps to be Fearless, Successful, and Extraordinary! and I can't wait to present it all over the country and make an impact in thousands of lives. I also want to make an impact with you in my newsletters. So, each newsletter this year will focus on ways in which we can impact ourselves and others.

Do you ever have a day where you work hard all day but at the end of the day you wonder 'just exactly what did I get done today?'  You are not alone!

There's a lot of talk about time management but I think time management is a bunch of baloney.  You can't manage time.  There's 24 hours in every day and that is never going to change.

But, you can manage yourself and how you spend your time.  The key is to figure out what are the important tasks that  must get done and do them first.  Sounds simple but it's true.  When you don't know what is important you'll do the piddly, unimportant things just to stay busy and that's why a day can go by without you really getting anything done.

The key is to plan ahead the night before.
  1. Before you leave your office look at each piece of paper on your desk and ask yourself "What is the next action and when do I need to get it done?" Then put it in the correct date in your Command Center.  (For more info on how to set up a Command Center click here.)
  2. Take the papers and reminders out of tomorrow's folder from the Command Center and spread them on your desk so you can see each one. Ask yourself "What is the most important use of my time tomorrow?" and turn that paper upside down on your desk.  Now ask "What is the 2nd most important use of my time?" and turn that upside down on top of the first paper.  Keep going until all the papers/reminders are on that pile.  Now, turn the pile over and your most important task is on top.
  3. When you come to your office the next day work on the most important task until it's done.  Don't check your e-mail, phone messages, etc.  You're going to feel so great once that task is done. 
  4. Then do the next item, etc.  Even if your day goes crazy after 10 am you'll know you got done what was the most important.
  5. Look at your calendar the night before.  Get anything ready you need for a client, for a consultation, for a business trip, etc.
  6. Take a few minutes at the end of each day to tidy things up so you can start fresh in the morning.
Following these steps the night before means that your day is going to be productive, more efficient, and you'll be a happier person!

For more great articles visit my blog!
Elizabeth's Calendar:
Where in the World is Elizabeth?

Am I coming to your city or your telephone? Call and see if I can also speak for your organization.

April 27 through May 3
National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) National Conference in Orlando, FL

May 5
Speak Now and Forever Get New Clients
5:00 to 6:00 PM EST
Complimentary teleclass with Jody Gabourie, The Small Business Marketing Coach
On your telephone
Click here for more info and to register

May 6
Fearless Organizing Professional VIP Circle Laser Coaching Day
Find our more about the VIP Circle here

May 6

Fashion, Figures, and Fun
Bethel Christian Reformed Church
Edgerton, MN
Contact Jen Vlietstra for more information

May 7
Speak Now and Forever Get New Clients
1:00 to 2:00 PM EST
Complimentary teleclass with Midwest Business Academy
On your telephone
Click here for more info and to register

Nay 11 and 15
Organize with Confidence
Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota
Sioux Falls, SD
Contact Nikki Ver Steeg for more info

May 18 to 20
Working with Private Clients in Denver, CO

May 22
Fearless Organizing Professional VIP Circle Q&A Call
Find our more about the VIP Circle here

May 27
Organize with Confidence
1 pm to 3 pm
VA Hospital
Sioux Falls, SD
Contact Trish Venske for more info

See more details of upcoming speaking engagements here.

I'm in the process now of booking 2009/2010 speaking engagements. If your business or organization would like to be more focused, organized, and productive please visit the Speaking page on my website and then give me a call!