Title: Big When, Little When. The guide to restoring work/life balance for health and front-line care professionals
Author: Sasha Wallace
Publisher: Sasha Wallace Horizons
Reviewer: Rebecca Myatt, nurse case manager, thoracic surgery
What was it like?
The author of this short book is a life coach with extensive experience with NHS and other frontline workers. Her aim is to empower care professionals, police officers, nurses and aid workers to design a better quality of life, manage stress effectively, work more efficiently and ultimately pass on the benefits of this knowledge to the public, patients and staff they support.
It is a concise read, divided into small chapters each of which discusses a topic such as understanding stress and avoiding overwhelm. There are then small exercises to focus the reader on where they are currently, where they wish to be and how to achieve that goal.
It is extremely accessible to all individuals who may be questioning their current work/life balance and wondering how to adapt or improve the situation
What were the highlights?
The highlights are the exercises designed to make you consider important features of your current situation and move these forward. These take the form of lists, reflection, mind mapping and setting time specific goals. They are straightforward, quick to complete and enable the reader to focus on where they are now and where they would ultimately like to be.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This is a short introduction to the process of life coaching. It touches on many important concepts regarding motivation and achieving goals. It is not a substitute for a face-to-face coaching experience but there are contact details for the author at the end of the book if more help is required. There is also the opportunity for a free, 60 minute, telephone consultation to discuss your goals and support your success.
Who should read it?
This could be read by anyone who is looking for insight their current work/life situation and hoping to redress the balance or for those seeking an introduction to life coaching.