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Don't Overthink It Paperback – March 3, 2020
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From the Back Cover
"Reading Anne Bogel's words feels like having a conversation with your calmest, most reasonable friend--the one who gives you the advice you most need to hear. Get ready to feel happier, less panicked, and more at peace before you even finish the book."--Mary Laura Philpott, bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink
We've all been there--stuck in a cycle of what-ifs, plagued by indecision, paralyzed by the fear of getting it wrong. Nobody wants to live like this, but overthinking doesn't feel like something we can choose to stop doing. It feels like something we're wired to do, something we just can't escape. But is it?
Anne Bogel's answer is no. You can overcome negative thought patterns that are repetitive, unhealthy, and unhelpful and replace them with positive ones that will bring more peace, joy, and love into your life. In Don't Overthink It, you'll find actionable strategies that can make an immediate and lasting difference in how you deal with questions both small--Should I buy these flowers?--and large--What am I doing with my life? More than a book about good decision-making, Don't Overthink It offers you a framework for making choices you'll be comfortable with, allowing you to use an appropriate amount of energy and freeing you to focus on all the other stuff that matters in life.
Anne Bogel is the author of Reading People and I'd Rather Be Reading and creator of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? Her popular book lists and reading guides have established her as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801094460
- ISBN-10 : 0801094461
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.51 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Baker Books (March 3, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I immediately started using some of the strategies in this book and they immediately helped me with some of my decisions. For example, there is a chapter on values and using core values to help make decisions. I recently read another book that talked about identifying personal core values (mine are connection and contribution) and aligning my behaviors, both personally and professionally, with those values. Anne Bogel goes one step further- she and her husband have identified core values as a couple and as a family and those help make their family decisions. That is genius for me. It has already sparked several thoughtful conversations with my husband and has helped us plan/prioritize as a family more successfully in how we spend our time (house chores, extracurriculars, vacation, leisure).
Trust me, you will find tools and ideas that will help you make decisions- even if you don't consider yourself an overthinker. I am looking forward to having a physical copy of the book. I plan on reading through slowly with both a pencil and my journal in hand. There are three sections composed of four to five chapters. Each chapter concludes with some reflective questions about the chapter topic- perfect for journalling. The above example was from just one chapter- I am having the same a-ha moments with each chapter topic and am excited about the progress I am already seeing in decreasing overthinking (just identifying it is helpful).
Thanks to NetGalley and Baker Books for an advance digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Fans of Anne Bogel, her blog (Modern Mrs. Darcy), and her podcast (What Should I Read Next) will be familiar with Anne's skill for bringing universal subjects to an intimate level and helping us see them with fresh eyes. She turns her talent to the subject of chronic over-thinking in her new book, Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life.
'Life changing' is an over-used term lately. But it's accurate for this book. Reading it has changed my life for the better. The thoughts, ideas, and processes that Anne shares in the book aren't highly original; we've heard them before, seen them elsewhere. The genius of the book is that she's brought them all together in one place and presented them in such an engaging manner. The information is both practical and practicable.
The chapter on values-based decisions, titled Decide What Matters, has caused a major shift in the way I live my life because I did, after a lot of reflection, decide what matters most to me. This now informs all my choices, though it takes time for it to become automatic. And the chapter on limiting your options to save your sanity, Limit Yourself to Free Yourself, helped me see why having all the options is not always a good thing. “Each small decision requires only a bit of brain power, but the cumulative effect is large.”
You may not think you’re an Overthinker. You may not normally be an Overthinker. But the lessons in this book are helpful whether you face chronic decision-making problems or are just going through a season of decision-overload. I highly recommend it.
"Don't Overthink It" is not just a book about over-thinking but a book about productivity, navigating life and making wise decisions. My favorite chapter is the one about using our values to help us make decisions without overthinking. There are often times I've second guessed myself about a decision that should have been a clear yes -- it aligns with my values -- but secondary concerns stalled me. I needed the reminder that our thought lives are truly our lives, and retraining our thoughts can reshape our actual lives. I saw myself in many of the examples Bogel gives, especially when she writes about deciding to splurge and rethinking all the costs, over and over again.
I might adopt her phrase "completing the cycle" for myself. "Open cycles," she writes, consume mental energy, occupy brain space, and beg us to monitor them as 'jobs in progress." Our brains get anxious when too many cycles remain open, because it takes energy to maintain them." I go through this a lot with small cycles (putting things away) and bigger ones (executing on a task or project before starting a new one).
This is a book I'll return to and likely give as a gift. It makes a great graduation gift for young people heading into adulthood. But most of all, even those who don't overthink will learn something from this book.