1. The Joy of Missing Out: Live More By Doing Less
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    The Joy of Missing Out: Live More By Doing Less
    Tonya Dalton
    Thomas Nelson / 2019 / Hardcover
    $14.49 Retail: $24.99 Save 42% ($10.50)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Productivity for all of us - by an author who lives it
    September 27, 2019
    KatheryneKBT
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Productivity expert Tonya Dalton shares examples, tips, and strategies on how to discover, clarify, simplify, and harmonize what is most important to each of us. Unlike other step-by-step or how-to manuals, The Joy of Missing Out leaves plenty of room for individuality and customization. It guides us in considering and answering questions like these -

    What actually is most important to me, my life, and my future?

    Which opportunities will or will not propel me towards my goals and priorities?

    How can I use systems and automation to carve out more time in my week or month for what matters most?

    How can I replace busyness and balance with true happiness and harmony?

    How do I live my life as unapologetically authentically me while still allowing important relationships to flourish?

    Dalton knows her stuff, not only because she has studied it, but because she has - and does - live it. I recommend The Joy of Missing Out to anyone, no matter where you might be in your own productivity and lifestyle journey.

    The author and publisher provided me with an advanced copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
  2. Dubuque, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful helpful self help book on structuring your life for joy!!!
    September 27, 2019
    Sarah P
    Dubuque, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is well written, well structured, well organized. The author not only has created a prescriptive, well developed plan for living more by doing less, she also provides free youtube videos, handouts, a discussion guide, and podcasts around her passion of teaching people how to be productive over busy, to embrace a growth mindset, find their purpose/north star, values, rhythms, and grow better at making the choices needed to embrace a life of joy rather than being overwhelmed and exhausted.

    The author is positive, engaging, and encourages the reader to not only change her life actions and habits, but to embrace a glass half full, and positive spirit. As well as a growth mindset over a fixed mindset, which holds so much power for humans. We need to know messing up is in our DNA, falling flat on our faces happens way too much, but we can't be stopped in our tracks or frozen in those mishaps, mistakes, faulty logic, whatever, we must keep striving to do better even if it's one tiny baby step forward. And this is something other books have not spelled out so well.

    She's a former teacher, now productivity expert. And I'm a teacher and known for being productive. I already share her philosophy, and was aware of her tips, so it's not anything radical for me, and that makes writing a review more challenging and choosing a star rating more difficult. Five stars are a big deal to me-- and I weigh carefully choosing them.

    My one disappoint is that this is a Thomas Nelson Book, a division of Harper Collins. I expected it to have some connection to ministry, God, and faith. But it's listed as Self-Help, personal growth, and success. The author uses terms like grace as a christian community would, but there really is no mention of faith or God in growing to be a productive person. But this isn't on the author, I've learned that Thomas Nelson's books can be super faith based, or they can be empowering, clean, well done books that fit in a biblical worldview, but appeal to a much wider audience when that is not emphasized in the actual publication.

    But I can say clearly that her methods, organization, and formatting, mixed with real life reasons/experiences, and a arsenal of practical tips, does make this book stand out above and beyond other self help books and productivity books. So I'm marking it as 'amazing' because if I'd read this 20 years ago- it would have been for me- and as I interact with other book launchers, younger than me, or who need help navigating a path, I am sensing their energy, momentum, and joy in following her lead.

    The author is down to earth and talks about YOUR goals, dreams, aspirations. She shares hard and fast strategies that if applied, will help you meet your goals. Dare I say this-- she's a motivator and excellent life coach-maybe a better one that Rachel Hollis (who is the author of the last self help/productivity book I've read).

    Thankful to partner with Thomas Nelson and read an advanced copy of the book.
  3. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Live MORE by Doing Less
    September 26, 2019
    wwmitimon
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am on the book launch team for this book, so I received an Advanced Reader copy. I was barely into the first chapters and had to preorder the actual book. Tonya has put her heart into this book and shares with us what she has learned--practical strategies--that we can use in our own lives to whittle out the busy of our lives so we can actually do the things we love, so we can actually live by our own priorities, so we can create harmony, not balance, that makes for real joy in living. It has lots of activities that make you work--not a book to read and put away. It's a book that really makes you grow. I love her teaching about our brains needing whitespace to rest, refresh, and create.
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