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Book Review: The Joy of Missing Out - Live more by doing less By Tonya Dalton

Overwhelmed. Do you wake up in the morning already feeling behind? Does the pressure of keeping it all together make you feel anxious and irritable?

Tonya Dalton, CEO and productivity expert, offers you a liberating shift in perspective: feeling overwhelmed isn't the result of having too much to do -- it's from not knowing where to start.

Doing less might seem counterintuitive, but doing less is more productive, because you’re concentrating on the work you actually want to be doing. Through this book, you can learn how to:

  • Identify what is important to you and clarify your priorities.

  • Develop ways to streamline your specific workflow.

  • Discover your purpose.

Named Top 10 Business Book of the Year by Fortune magazine, The Joy of Missing Out is chock-full of resources and printables. This is a legitimate action plan for change. Once you reject the pressure to do more, something amazing happens: you discover you can finally live a guilt-free, abundant life.

Published by Struik Christian Media, and available from leading bookstores and online booksellers.

Reviewed by:

Pinky Hlophe

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am a wife, mom of 2 and part of the eldership at FLP church. I enjoy administration work, I home-school my kids and work from home. I tend to have my plate full most of the time so this book for ideal for me. I have a to do list for everything!

What drew you to read this book:

The idea that there is Joy in missing out of anything sounded out there for me. I plan and get things done, I actually pride myself in that. It reads 'live more by doing less' what gets accomplished by doing less?! I knew I had to read this book.

What impact did this book have:

It was a good read to begin with, I enjoyed it. The book acknowledges the busyness of life and especially of a mom / woman and helps bring direction and focus to your priorities. It helped me understand that by saying yes to every event or problem needing to be solved I was taking away the same time from another priority.

In a paragraph, what is the main point:

The book is about understanding our priorities and focusing on achieving what needs to be done only. There is a mention of a marble jar, which is about adding a marble for everything you do in the day, this way you get to visually see everything you have done and in most cases it is a lot we take for granted that we do in a day. We need to acknowledge the good we do and accept that some things can be done later. I loved how it talks about separating Work, Home and Personal! Have a plan for each of the section and set boundaries for them so you can fully commit to what you are doing (be present) for everything section of your life, whether its personal, home or work. A quote from the book ' It is not reality that gets us stuck, it is the lens we use to view the world'.

Who would benefit from reading it:

If you consider yourself a multitask person, hard-worker or anyone who gets overwhelmed by their day to day. The book is about bringing balance, to master your focus so you can be genuinely productive.

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Published by Struik Christian Media and distributed by Thomas Nelson

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