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Nursing Times review of Big When Little When

Here is a recent review of Big When When Little When by Sasha Wallace from NursingTimes.net
3 June, 2015

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.

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Big When Little When – A Guide to Restoring Work/Life Balance to Health and Front-line Professionals

It’s Easy to Reach Your Goals (If You Know How)

Big When E-Zine LogoJanuary is behind us and 2013 is officially in full swing. Have you stuck to your resolutions?

We all set goals at the start of the new year; mostly to improve our health, our job prospects, our relationships, and our lifestyle. In fact a massive 70% of us set resolutions in January, but only a mere 20% of us are still going strong at the start of February.  Do you know why this number is so low?

The reason is most people don’t have a game plan to achieve them; yes they really do want to reach their goals, but that just isn’t enough.

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Read the latest industry review of Big When, Little When

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Big When Little When – A Guide to Restoring Work/Life Balance to Health and Front-line Professionals

My book, and the catalyst for this blog, Big When Little When, has just received this review from a surgeon I worked with when I was coordinating training courses on Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) at The Royal College Of Surgeons of England. I am truly delighted to see my work having such an impact on the very audience it was written for.

“A brilliant book!! Taking control of your life by understanding your priorities, setting meaningful goals & sticking with them is a challenging process. Fortunately with “Big When, Little When”, Sasha takes our hand and with her relaxed, yet confident & enthusiastic style, guides us through each step. Thought provoking, real life questions combined with encouraging reassurance. I would encourage anyone who is looking to improve the overall balance in their life to read this book and put it into action.”

Peter Campbell
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, York

12 Questions You Should Ask When Choosing a Coach

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Here is an insider peek at my Insider Report

12 Questions You Should Ask When Choosing a Coach.

It is absolutely imperative that you find a coach that feels right for you, and is well suited to your needs. Don’t enter into this lightly!

Here are the first 3 questions…….

1. What qualifications and experience does this coach have?

Investing in a coach is an important decision, in fact it’s a life-changing decision, so you want to ensure that you are selecting someone who has invested in their own development as a coach. Since coaching is still an un-regulated industry anyone can call themselves a coach, so it is wise to be cautious and finding someone who has a recognised qualification and some practical experience is the best place to start. Any reliable and professional coach should be happy to show you their qualifications if you wish to see them.

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Foundations: Part 2 of 3 – Mind…..the mental foundation

It can be tiring finding enough brain food to stimulate and satisfy my ever-growing mental appetite but it’s a commitment I adore and cherish and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I couldn’t be content watching mind-numbing TV every night; sometimes a relaxing night in is called for but that’s just to vary my routine (and I do devour about 5-10 movies per week so that nourishes my imagination no end).

Because I operate on a very high energy frequency I need to monitor my work/life balance levels (and it is precisely this careful control of my own behaviour and schedule that makes me an expert work/life balance coach.) In the next part of this blog series I’ll tell you how I compliment all of this activity with the spiritual and emotional foundations of relaxation and rest.

In the last two weeks I have engaged in all of these activities, many of them taking place every day. (And I manage these items around a 9-5 job, a private coaching practice, and my volunteer coaching activities)

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Foundations: Part 1 of 3 – Body…..the physical foundation

The bigwhenlittlewhen blog was conceived to bring awareness to my new book about achieving work/life balance so it feels only right to explore what balance looks like in practice. I believe there are three essential foundations that need to be satisfied – mind, body and spirit. I will explore each of these over the next 3 blogs and report back on my personal experience and application. It is not uncommon for the 3 foundations to interweave and overlap, and the more the better.

Blog Part 1: Body – the physical foundation

Blog Part 2: Mind – the mental foundation

Blog Part 3: Spirit – the spiritual (and emotional) foundation

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Review of ‘Big When Little When’ from across the Pond!

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The recently published Big When Little When – A Guide to Restoring Work/Life Balance to Health and Front-line Professionals

This review came courtesy of BETHANY MICHAELS – Associate Publisher & Chief Copy Editor at Cat Fence-In Books

“You can achieve whatever it is that puts a smile on your face.” Author Sasha Wallace begins her short book with an inviting idea, engaging my mind right away. And her promise to deliver simple and effective content to help gain clarity over prioritizing and organizing, not only met, but exceeded my expectations in this book. She approaches goals using a “big when/little when” mentality, which she easily describes and presents to the reader. This engaging book really helped me gain clarity in my personal life goals. The tools illustrated in this easy to follow read have truly helped propel me to new heights, learn how to manage stress better, and understand myself more fully. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in growing, learning and investing more time into yourself.”