July 2010
Welcome to Elizabeth Hagen's Growing Your Business with Confidence Monthly Tip

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Welcome to this issue of my monthly tip newsletter just for women entrepreneurs.  Each month you'll be receiving an easy-to-implement and very valuable tip or strategy to help you grow your business that you love.
If this sounds valuable to you then I'm looking forward to helping you accelerate your success and grow your business!
Use the 'Elizabeth Circle' in your business!

When I speak on how to organize your home and office I teach attendees how to use the 'Elizabeth Circle'. The 'Elizabeth Circle' is a tool to use to help you stay focused.  Let's say you're going to organize your desk drawer and you take everything out (like I teach!).  As you are sorting through items you find a child's scissors that belongs in your daughter's bedroom.  So, thinking you are doing a good thing you take the scissors and go put it away in her desk in her bedroom. But, while you're in her room you start organizing her desk and of course, time gets away and by the time you get back to your desk drawer you have no more time to organize what you had really wanted to get done. Hence, the 'Elizabeth Circle'.  Draw an imaginary circle around your feet while you are organizing and you MAY NOT leave the circle until you are done organizing that area. This helps you stay focused on one area at a time.

Recently I realized that the 'Elizabeth Circle' was actually a safety tool, too!  I received an e-mail from a workshop attendee who shared that after my workshop she decided to organize the winter coat closet in the basement. She took every coat out like  I told her and laid them on the bed.  She also had laid a lamp on the bed.  Then she left the 'Elizabeth Circle' to go into town to get some groceries. While she was gone the weight of the coats pressed down on the lamp switch and turned the lamp on.  When she got back a few hours later her basement was filled with smoke. Needless to say she wished she had stayed in the 'circle'!

The 'Elizabeth Circle' is a must to use when organizing but also to use in your office every day with your business. How often do you get distracted and:
  • Just check e-mail for a minute
  • Check in on Facebook
  • Return just one phone call
  • Go and grab a snack
  • Get the mail
  • Throw in one load of laundry

Before you know it 30 minutes or more have passed and again you wonder 'where your day went'.

It's time for the 'Business Elizabeth Circle'! Not only do you draw an imaginary line around your body when you are tempted to go and quick do a task  but you set a timer for 20 minutes and make yourself stay put and finish what you are doing. THEN you can go and do a quick task.

Elizabeth's Assignments:
  1. Make a decision that you are going to use a timer EVERY TIME you feel distracted.
  2. Take action and set the timer for 20 minutes and finish what you are working on. Then you can do something else.
  3. Stay focused on doing one thing at a time and watch your productivity soar!

, thanks for taking the time to read the 'Grow Your Business with Confidence' Tip and I'm excited to help you accelerate your success. Of course we want to grow our business and make more money but let's not forget - the busier we are the more people we get to help. And the more happy clients we have the more they will tell others!
Love and confidence,

Speaker  Member of the National Speakers Association
Coach    Small Business Success Coaching Network
CPO      Certified Professional Organizer and Member of the
             National Association of Professional Organizers

Do you live near St. Louis or Philadelphia?  If so I want to meet you at my 'Growing Your Business with Confidence' workshop!

The NAPO - St. Louis chapter is sponsoring my workshop on Monday, September 13, 2010 from 9 am to 4 pm. Click here for more info and to register.

The NAPO - Greater Philadelphia chapter is sponsoring my workshop on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 9 am to 4 pm. Click here for more info and to register.  Be sure and register before Thursday, July 15 so you can receive 3 gifts!

Do you want to have your chapter sponsor my workshop? Give me a call at (605) 357-8767. This is a great opportunity for your chapter members to grow their business!

Issue: 26
Elizabeth Hagen, CPO

If you're a determined woman entrepreneur who wants support, is ready to take focused action, and wants to accelerate your success and grow your business - welcome!!
I'm Elizabeth Hagen and I'm here to help.  I've put together the best tips/tools/advice that I've used to grow and maintain a successful organizing and speaking business and I want to share them with you!
Every month I'll be sending you a quick tip for you to implement immediately.  It's all about making a decision, taking action, and staying focused!
I can't wait to hear about your success!
Elizabeth Hagen
Coach - Small Business Success Coaching Network
(605) 357-8767