Books: Three of a Kind - Improving your work/life balance

'The See-Saw', 'Get a Dog, Don't Work Like One' and 'Balance Your Life and Work'.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The See-Saw
Julia Hobsbawm
Atlantic Books
£6.99

Packed full of examples from her supercharged life, PR Julia Hobsbawm paints an honest picture of life as a high-powered career woman, juggling work and family commitments (men might want a peek too). She is neither patronising nor preachy in her counsel but has an inclusive tone, and she offers sensible, empathetic advice on how to navigate the reality of modern-day life without pushing yourself over the edge. - Best of its kind.

Get a Dog, Don't Work Like One
Jim Banting
Marshall Cavendish
£12.99

The book, like its title and pictures (the author with his Apple Mac in tranquil locations), is packed full of cheery banter and strikes a good balance between being informative and entertaining. With instructive chapters - including a concluding list of 'Ways to Get a Life' - interspersed with inspirational quotes and useful personal profiles, this book offers an interesting insight into why and how we work. There's a foreword from Luke Johnson, too. - Best of its kind.

Balance Your Life and Work
(Revised edition)
A&C
Black £6.99

A concise, well-laid-out pocket book that offers workable suggestions on how to better organise your time. With useful website references, frequent summary points and an interactive opening quiz to get you thinking, chapters are split into easy bite-sized chunks - perfect for the morning commute. Lacking slightly in personality, it could do with a bit more humour. - Could be useful

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