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How Balanced Does Your Life Feel Right Now...


A note from Dorothy...

How Balanced Does Your Life Feel Right Now...

Quote of the Week...

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Book of the Week...

About Dorothy...

A note from Dorothy...

Hi {!firstname},

Over the past few days I have cleaned up a bunch of little messes. A couple of junk drawers that were overflowing, a closet that was impossible, a kitchen gadget drawer that was crammed full, a box of files that needed sorting, a summer garden that was unsightly and I feel fabulous! What a cleansing experience to get all those little irritating things tidied up.

Sometimes we don't realize that such messes are a real energy drain. The daily irritation of dealing with trying to find that specific piece of clothing or that lemon reamer or that important receipt - what a huge time waster as well as an energy zapper!

If you have a feeling it is time to get into action, here are a couple of strategies to consider:

First approach which works well for the "planner/organizer" amongst us.

Decide on a plan before starting. This plan will include a schedule for completion of each mess, an accumulation of appropriate storage containers, research and a decision on how to recycle, dispose of or store things and a reward at each milestone (hmmm that latte will keep you inspired!) Stick to the plan so you can enjoy a big celebration on final completion!

Second approach which works well for the "quick start/doer" amongst us.

Tackle the first mess. Dump it on the floor, bed or table as appropriate. Identify the keepers, then the recyclables, and then the garbage is left to dispose of. With the keepers decide on the logical place to store. Take the recyclables to the appropriate depot and fill the garbage bag. Then enjoy your reward!

When inspired - tackle the next! Sometimes this approach without the big picture plan can fizzle out so establish a celebration on full completion to be sure you follow it through.

Sometimes we think of doing this type of clean up along with our Spring cleaning but what better time to do it than when the Autumn season is upon us? Now we can enjoy feeling completely organized for the holiday season and there is still time to curl up in front of the fire with a good book!

Best Always,

How Balanced Does Your Life Feel Right Now...
Whew take a breath! Have you been on the run juggling all the balls with your adrenaline pumped sky high? Excited, exhilarated, in awe of your life and all the fabulous experiences but a bit scared too.
Does the month ahead look something like this:
  • A business trip to China for 10 days
  • Deadline looming for presentation to the Board of Directors for the annual business plan for your department
  • A commitment to help direct the school Christmas play for your daughter's class. Content and participants still to be decided at a meeting early in November
  • A need to carve out time to research facilities for ailing parents who can no longer live independently
  • Interviewing for a new administrative assistant
  • Spouses important birthday party to organize for the 25th of November
  • Another 5 day business trip to the west coast in December and a shorter one to New York as well - both entail a major client presentation and a little fun if there is snow in BC by then 
  • Important clients to entertain over the holiday season
  • A much needed and overdo family holiday to Hawaii yet to be organized for Christmas break
Or perhaps:
  • Orientation meetings with two great new clients on Monday
  • Teaching assistant at your community school on Tuesday
  • Swimming class Tuesday night
  • Interviewing candidates for your new nanny or alternatively finding a good flexible daycare solution by mid November
  • Client meetings all day Wednesday in Montreal followed by dinner and a late flight home
  • Volunteer time at the Out of the Cold program on Thursday mornings
  • Hockey practice, ballet and yoga classes on Thursday after school
  • A need to research facilities for an aging parent who can no longer live independently - time is of the essence
  • Client meetings all day Friday
  • Client dinner on Friday evening
  • Social events to organize for friends, family and clients over the holiday season
  • Saturday hockey game
  • Sunday swimming classes and hosting family dinner
  • Speech to write and deliver next Wednesday on the Quarterly Forecast for Consumer Spending
  • Christmas Vacation to organize

There are many of us living in the fast lane. It can be exciting, exhilarating and yes ......... exhausting too. It is challenging to sort out and keep some balance in the mix of things, between our personal and business life. Perhaps we are trying to grow an entrepreneurial venture or flourish in the equally demanding corporate environment. With or without a family we often have too many responsibilities and overwhelming demands on our time.

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Quote of the Week...

"Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least."


Tip of the Week...
Learning how to do a bit of planning will change so much in your life. Not only you but those around you will feel enlightened and able to participate to their very best ability. Don't be inflexible but treat everyone to a road map so they get a glimpse of the big picture. So they too can enjoy the ride!

Book of the Week...

What Now?
by Ann Patchett

This excellent book offers an essay on hope and inspiration for anyone at a turn in the road - whether this is graduation, changing careers or moving from one stage of life to another. A book worth owning as there will be many occasions to share.

October 19, 2010
Vol. 1, Issue 7
Published every other Tuesday
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About Dorothy...


Dorothy DeClute specializes in coaching business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and individuals in career or life transitions. Her business background is extensive and includes her tenure as Vice President of Sandbury Homes, President of Wiltshire Canada, Director of International Marketing for McPherson's Ltd. and Co-Founder of Team DeClute, one of the most successful real estate teams in Canada.

She is recognized for her creative business strategies, strong team building skills, as well as for being an inspiring mentor, astute consultant and an empowering coach.

Dorothy is a Certified General Accountant, a Registered Real Estate Sales Professional and a member of the GTA/ICF Coaches Association. If you are facing challenges and would like to work with a coach who has a defined Signature System to help you get from where you are to where you want to be contact Dorothy at

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