Don't Overthink It
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 a life of constant overthinking, but it 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. Not only can you overcome negative thought patterns that are repetitive, unhealthy, and unhelpful, you can replace them with positive thought patterns 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 making good decisions, Don't Overthink It offers you a framework for making choices you'll be comfortable with, using an appropriate amount of energy, freeing you to focus on all the other stuff that matters in life.

Don't Overthink It Details

TitleDon't Overthink It
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherBaker Books
ISBN-139780801094460
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Audiobook, Psychology

Don't Overthink It Review

  • Anne Bogel
    January 1, 1970
    It's here! I'd like to share a quote from Annie Dillard that captures why this topic is so important to me, and to you:How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.When we spend our time overthinking, that's what we're doing.Nobody wants to live a life characterized by overthinking. I'm certain you have better things to do. This book is for those of us who, like me, want to live our lives well. And we know living well It's here! I'd like to share a quote from Annie Dillard that captures why this topic is so important to me, and to you:How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.When we spend our time overthinking, that's what we're doing.Nobody wants to live a life characterized by overthinking. I'm certain you have better things to do. This book is for those of us who, like me, want to live our lives well. And we know living well depends upon thinking well—about the things that matter. We want to learn how to overcome decision fatigue, stop feeling overwhelmed, cut the second-guessing, and bring more peace and joy into our lives. That means learning strategies for approaching both our minutes and our days. Over the years, I've seen how simple strategies and subtle shifts of perspective trigger lightbulb moments that make some aspect of life easier. These small shifts, taken one at a time, are just that: small. But cumulatively, they've transformed life. I wanted to share this information with others, and that's how I came to write this book. As I learned more and more about overthinking, I was shocked by how many facets of our lives overthinking touches—even for those of us who consider ourselves to be decisive! I wanted to write a book that reflects both the far-reaching, destructive effects of overthinking and the not-always-obvious ways we can learn to do better. This is that book. The topic sounds like a downer, but the book is not. It's a practical read, but also a fun one, full of insight, encouragement, and JOY. I hope you love it, and that it helps you live a life you'll consider to be well-lived.
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  • JanB
    January 1, 1970
    How do I even begin to review a book with so many nuggets of wisdom, that if I listed them all I’d re-write the entire book? Don’t make the mistake of thinking this book is only for overthinkers. At its heart, it’s a book to help anyone live a more joyful, abundant life. I read my e-galley once for an overview and now will go back through and slowly read the hard copy I pre-ordered and put these nuggets of wisdom into practice. Anne is one of my favorite bloggers/podcasters and this book is pure How do I even begin to review a book with so many nuggets of wisdom, that if I listed them all I’d re-write the entire book? Don’t make the mistake of thinking this book is only for overthinkers. At its heart, it’s a book to help anyone live a more joyful, abundant life. I read my e-galley once for an overview and now will go back through and slowly read the hard copy I pre-ordered and put these nuggets of wisdom into practice. Anne is one of my favorite bloggers/podcasters and this book is pure gold. The book is written in Anne’s trademark easy-going, conversational style. I was delighted to receive an e-galley and be a part of the launch team. This book will be on my keeper shelf! Excellent!
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  • Brandice
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t Overthink It is a great reminder that overthinking is a waste of time and energy, and that this gradually wreaks havoc on us and our lives.There are helpful takeaways here for major and minor overthinkers alike — Most people are likely to identify with at least one behavior described in the book. I found myself recognizing a few I am routinely guilty of engaging in, though it’s nice to know I’m not alone and with a little reframing, I can change my thought process. The book is written in a Don’t Overthink It is a great reminder that overthinking is a waste of time and energy, and that this gradually wreaks havoc on us and our lives.There are helpful takeaways here for major and minor overthinkers alike — Most people are likely to identify with at least one behavior described in the book. I found myself recognizing a few I am routinely guilty of engaging in, though it’s nice to know I’m not alone and with a little reframing, I can change my thought process. The book is written in a casual tone too, making its suggestions easy to digest. This is a book where topics will resonate differently with various readers. For me, the most beneficial parts were the chapters on using your values to help clarify your objectives (often simplifying the decision making process), and creating more rituals to build into your daily routine. Alternatively, the chapter on splurging didn’t offer much new insight for me, as I have always been able to justify engaging in experiences/ events that seem interesting. As a perpetual planner, I also appreciated the reminder about building in schedule margins — Not just to plan for the bad, but to do it in preparation for positive, spontaneous opportunities that arise. We can’t change everything in the world but Don’t Overthink It prompts us to get started on what we can impact by taking small steps in the direction we want to head.
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  • Fergus
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve got a theory: I developed it while thinking about Anne Bogel’s wonderful book. I think we’ve now got far too many Mental Microbes.Self-doubt. Ennui. Guilt. Sloth. The list is endless. They’re our Mental Microbes.And now especially, with social distancing. NOW you can add anger and Nameless Dread to that list. These emotions can FREEZE our actions and prevent us from acting DECISIVELY.We doubt ourselves, waffle and waver, and our headspace is a Jumble Sale chock full of unattractive remnants I’ve got a theory: I developed it while thinking about Anne Bogel’s wonderful book. I think we’ve now got far too many Mental Microbes.Self-doubt. Ennui. Guilt. Sloth. The list is endless. They’re our Mental Microbes.And now especially, with social distancing. NOW you can add anger and Nameless Dread to that list. These emotions can FREEZE our actions and prevent us from acting DECISIVELY.We doubt ourselves, waffle and waver, and our headspace is a Jumble Sale chock full of unattractive remnants of negative thinking.So HOW can we change all that - RIGHT NOW - and ACT, with a clear, positive attitude? Anne can show us how.Life’s no bed of roses - and it’s worse right now. So now’s the time to summon up our moral Sergeant-Major to bring some Straight ‘n Narrow Clarity into our overwrought heads. Anne’s that Sergeant-Major. She’ll fix you up.As you read her, keep your mind OPEN. Don’t mentally diss this book for being too simplistic. It’s not.IT’s THE TOUGH TALK WE NEED.Would you like to return to normalcy again?Would you like to have a peaceful, sane way to deal with the mountains of problems that now prevent clear, rational action?Read THIS BOOK.It can WORK if you let it.
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  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive my ARC in person at the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club Reading Retreat last September. Where I actually said, "I don't really think I'm much of an over thinker, so this should be interesting." Oh, sweet deluded Kari. You were so very wrong. You do overthink.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Anne provides real life examples of how overthinking impacts daily life. She uses everyday situations that were easy for me to identify with. On more than one occasion I said "Oh- that's totally me. Yep - I I was lucky enough to receive my ARC in person at the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club Reading Retreat last September. Where I actually said, "I don't really think I'm much of an over thinker, so this should be interesting." Oh, sweet deluded Kari. You were so very wrong. You do overthink.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Anne provides real life examples of how overthinking impacts daily life. She uses everyday situations that were easy for me to identify with. On more than one occasion I said "Oh- that's totally me. Yep - I do that." But beyond simply identifying how over analysis can suck the joy out of my life, she provided simple, applicable solutions to help improve it.I read this book a couple of weeks ago and I find myself going back to it on a nearly daily basis. It is full of highlights and marginalia which is a rarity for me. It's a refreshing guide that helps affirm that while overthinking may be natural, the inevitable stress that comes with it doesn't have to be. There are some incredible pre-release bonuses available at modernmrsdarcy.com I encourage you to pre-order this one. For you and the other overthinkers in your life.
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  • Kaytee Cobb
    January 1, 1970
    Did I overthink when I should finish this book so that reading the galley didn't count AGAINST my goal to read all black authors in February? Yes, yes I did. But mostly, I'm not an overthinker. So, this book ended up being quite a bit of a revelation to me. Like "wow, I had no idea people struggled this hard with this!" That being said, if you think you might be an overthinker, you'll find lots of great info and actionable tips in here! As an Anne Bogel fangirl, I was thrilled to be part of the Did I overthink when I should finish this book so that reading the galley didn't count AGAINST my goal to read all black authors in February? Yes, yes I did. But mostly, I'm not an overthinker. So, this book ended up being quite a bit of a revelation to me. Like "wow, I had no idea people struggled this hard with this!" That being said, if you think you might be an overthinker, you'll find lots of great info and actionable tips in here! As an Anne Bogel fangirl, I was thrilled to be part of the launch team and to receive a galley for this book in order to review it! If you grab a copy before Tuesday, the pre order bonuses are MONEY. Go get you one!
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  • Janssen
    January 1, 1970
    I just really enjoyed reading this - delightful and practical.
  • Linda Hutchinson
    January 1, 1970
    So, this book post is crooked, I have two straight up and down book photos consecutively on IG, and I don’t think I captured the beautiful pink book cover just right...but I’m not going to overthink it! Honestly, I have never been a big fan of the art of tidying up type books, but this is different and I loved it. Here is a useful tool with a lot of great advice on how we can overcome daily “analysis paralysis” over decision-making and how to actually make our lives better. I don’t need a perfec So, this book post is crooked, I have two straight up and down book photos consecutively on IG, and I don’t think I captured the beautiful pink book cover just right...but I’m not going to overthink it! Honestly, I have never been a big fan of the art of tidying up type books, but this is different and I loved it. Here is a useful tool with a lot of great advice on how we can overcome daily “analysis paralysis” over decision-making and how to actually make our lives better. I don’t need a perfectly clean house for a happier life; I just need to be happy with my life and not worry about everything being perfect. Most of the information reminds readers how to live daily lives by simplifying our thoughts, words, and deeds. As my mom used to say, “What’s the worst that can happen?” Well, this book really goes in deeper and I appreciate, so very much, strong sage advice. Don’t Overthink It comes out early spring 2020 and I challenge you to buy it. I’ll be keeping it by my desk to pick up and re-read the highlighted sections when I’m starting to melt down. I honestly think this is the best book Anne has written to date. I acknowledge that this book was a free ARC but my opinions are unbiased and always my own. Bravo on a job well done or is that done well? Don’t care. Read it❗️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @annebogel #mmd #mmdbookclub #annebogel #dontoverthinkit #lindaleereads2019 #gorgeouscover #pink #book #bookstagram #booklover #selfhelp #selfhelpbooks #advice #bookworm #booknerd #read #readersofinstagram #readingIG: @bookbimbo
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  • Leigh Kramer
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not rating or reviewing this because 1) I beta read it 2) the author is a client and 3) she's one of my dearest friends and I'm 100% biased. But I will say this: I'm not an overthinker but I think this could be a valuable, practical resource for anyone who does struggle with this.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    After weeks of ignoring promotions for this new release -- because I am, after all, a decisive, resolution-oriented, swift-action-taking person -- imagine my surprise when I caught myself losing two hours of my life shopping for just the right birthday card then belaboring my decision all the way to the post office. I drove right home and ordered this. With each new chapter, I SWORE the contents wouldn't pertain, then I'd get hit between the eyeballs. It's no exaggeration when reviews call this After weeks of ignoring promotions for this new release -- because I am, after all, a decisive, resolution-oriented, swift-action-taking person -- imagine my surprise when I caught myself losing two hours of my life shopping for just the right birthday card then belaboring my decision all the way to the post office. I drove right home and ordered this. With each new chapter, I SWORE the contents wouldn't pertain, then I'd get hit between the eyeballs. It's no exaggeration when reviews call this "life changing." The chapters effectively end with a short worksheet that has already compelled REAL CHANGE in my daily existence that I never saw coming. This is my personal growth guidebook for the near future.
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  • Yesenia Juarez
    January 1, 1970
    Didn’t expect this to be this short, nothing special.
  • Morgan Tallman
    January 1, 1970
    I am an overthinker, I always have been. In my 23 years, I've developed strategies to combat my overthinking, and I think many overthinkers do this themselves too. I thought the premise of Anne's book was so interesting, maybe she'd have some insight in additional ways to stop overthinking! And she did, kind of. Except, this could have been a blog post or a series of blog posts. The questions she asked at the end of each chapter were thought provoking (but again, can be done in a blog post). The I am an overthinker, I always have been. In my 23 years, I've developed strategies to combat my overthinking, and I think many overthinkers do this themselves too. I thought the premise of Anne's book was so interesting, maybe she'd have some insight in additional ways to stop overthinking! And she did, kind of. Except, this could have been a blog post or a series of blog posts. The questions she asked at the end of each chapter were thought provoking (but again, can be done in a blog post). Then, there were the repetitious stories. By halfway through, I was so sick of "I'm an overthinker, here's an example of me overthinking and how I handled that" and when she didn't have an example for her overthinking - she shared how her friends overthink. We didn't need that many stories, and we didn't need that many chapters. The book felt like was covering the same concepts over and over again, and just talking about herself, and AGAIN this could have been a "here's xx steps to stop overthinking, and some questions to really get you thinking about your overthinking patterns and how to overcome them". I do not recommend this book, unless you are truly STUCK in an overthinking pattern and want some tools to get out of it (and then just skim it - or google and see if someone has just made a list).
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  • Karen Ditsch
    January 1, 1970
    I was so happy when I finished this book. Because I never have to read it again. It was prototypical first world, shallow, self absorbed and silly (and not good silly).If you are the type who spends an inordinate amount of time deciding if the LV or Gucci bag will send a better signal to the moms at the ultra exclusive preschool you are paying for with your inherited money, you'll love it. It's a great fit for shallow self absorbed girls who want to feel better about themselves without actually I was so happy when I finished this book. Because I never have to read it again. It was prototypical first world, shallow, self absorbed and silly (and not good silly).If you are the type who spends an inordinate amount of time deciding if the LV or Gucci bag will send a better signal to the moms at the ultra exclusive preschool you are paying for with your inherited money, you'll love it. It's a great fit for shallow self absorbed girls who want to feel better about themselves without actually ditching shallow and self absorbed. When the decision is about international travel and the mistakes include opening an eighty dollar bottle of wine, self realization is far away.
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  • Subhralin
    January 1, 1970
    We all come across every aspect that is highlighted in this book, but what makes Anne Bogel's work so very appreciable is the knack of inking it to the highest level of convincing every reader.A must keep in every bookshelf.
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis book contains a lot of information and wisdom I've read in other personal development books over the years, but in a short and succinct package. It talks about all the silly things we get hung up on a daily basis and how to shift your mindset so you don't waste time worrying about things that don't really matter.There are a few stories that made me roll my eyes because they were kind of privileged people problems. For example, the author needed new sheets and was overwhelmed by the 4.5 starsThis book contains a lot of information and wisdom I've read in other personal development books over the years, but in a short and succinct package. It talks about all the silly things we get hung up on a daily basis and how to shift your mindset so you don't waste time worrying about things that don't really matter.There are a few stories that made me roll my eyes because they were kind of privileged people problems. For example, the author needed new sheets and was overwhelmed by the choices and has to go to her interior designer for help. My first thought was that's such a ridiculous problem to have, but the point was to go to people when you need help and maybe it will be relatable to readers who really struggle when faced with too many choices.Other than that it's a good book and I recommend it.I listened to the audiobook which is just over 4 hours so you can easily get through it in a day or two. I enjoyed the book enough that I want to take the time to read it again so I'm waitlisted for the libraries ebook.
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  • Camille Pagán
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re prone to anxiety, overanalyzing, or both (raising my hand here), then Don’t Overthink It is for you. With an approach that’s as forgiving as it is practical, Bogel tackles everyday energy-sappers like decision fatigue, technology overload, and self-sabotage disguised as data collection. Bogel’s advice on building in margin for the unexpected feels especially on-point right now—I found myself picking the book back up this week to reread the section on building in wiggle room for life’s If you’re prone to anxiety, overanalyzing, or both (raising my hand here), then Don’t Overthink It is for you. With an approach that’s as forgiving as it is practical, Bogel tackles everyday energy-sappers like decision fatigue, technology overload, and self-sabotage disguised as data collection. Bogel’s advice on building in margin for the unexpected feels especially on-point right now—I found myself picking the book back up this week to reread the section on building in wiggle room for life’s what-ifs (hello, coronavirus) instead of operating at 100% capacity, as we’re so often advised to do. Highly recommended.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    I preordered this book, but I’m also so thankful to Baker Books for the early eARC of Don’t Overthink It. I truly think this book will be life changing for me. I have been an over-thinker my entire life, worried about how others perceived me and whether or not I was doing the right things. When I saw that Anne was writing a book about overthinking, I knew it was a book I needed to read!Throughout the book Anne discusses reasons why we overthink and she includes actionable strategies to help get I preordered this book, but I’m also so thankful to Baker Books for the early eARC of Don’t Overthink It. I truly think this book will be life changing for me. I have been an over-thinker my entire life, worried about how others perceived me and whether or not I was doing the right things. When I saw that Anne was writing a book about overthinking, I knew it was a book I needed to read!Throughout the book Anne discusses reasons why we overthink and she includes actionable strategies to help get a handle on overthinking. The writing made me feel like I was having coffee with a friend, a friend with great advice and experience!This book is perfect for anyone who has ever been stuck in a cycle of rumination or analysis paralysis - I wholeheartedly recommend it! I’m even getting a copy for my high school classroom!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    There are some really practical approaches to quell overthinking, but if there's anything I learned while reading this, it's that other people's overthinking makes my anxiety terrible. I couldn't relate to any of these overthinking scenarios (turns out I don't overthink), but I sure did feel completely anxious listening to them. Which isn't a criticism of the book but more an interesting reading observation.
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  • tiasreads
    January 1, 1970
    (Thanks to NetGalley and Baker Books for providing an ARC of this book.)Analysis paralysis. Rumination. Perfectionism. How do we fight these and so many other types of overthinking? Values-based decision making. Completing the cycle. Simple abundance.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 (Thanks to NetGalley and Baker Books for providing an ARC of this book.)Analysis paralysis. Rumination. Perfectionism. How do we fight these and so many other types of overthinking? Values-based decision making. Completing the cycle. Simple abundance.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 regularly 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.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    This is like sitting with your therapist for several hours, after you’ve already done the gross work of mucking through your emotions, and you’ve moved on to the practical and helpful part of practicing strategies to cope with your anxiety and indecision and constant self-doubt. There’s no hokey self help messages here, just simple, practical, and completely applicable strategies to help you make confident decisions and move on. I don’t think of myself as a chronic overthinker, but when my anxie This is like sitting with your therapist for several hours, after you’ve already done the gross work of mucking through your emotions, and you’ve moved on to the practical and helpful part of practicing strategies to cope with your anxiety and indecision and constant self-doubt. There’s no hokey self help messages here, just simple, practical, and completely applicable strategies to help you make confident decisions and move on. I don’t think of myself as a chronic overthinker, but when my anxiety spikes it’s easy to let the little things swell into mountainous hurdles. Bogel’s book seems especially relevant with the covid-19 fears, but this book will get frequent reference when I find myself spiraling into doubt and incessant questioning.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    A well written, well planned and presented book on over thinking. Are you guilty of over-thinking? Most likely in some area or another! And if you think you're not just be aware of yourself for a day and see. I found myself debating whether I'd roast or put the chicken in the crock pot for today's meal. Too much mental energy expended.With wonderfully real examples Anne Bogel depicts the over thinking that many of us engage in (from time to time) and gives us tips to manage this little habit tha A well written, well planned and presented book on over thinking. Are you guilty of over-thinking? Most likely in some area or another! And if you think you're not just be aware of yourself for a day and see. I found myself debating whether I'd roast or put the chicken in the crock pot for today's meal. Too much mental energy expended.With wonderfully real examples Anne Bogel depicts the over thinking that many of us engage in (from time to time) and gives us tips to manage this little habit that robs us of energy and time. In one place it had me chuckling out loud. Anne doesn't spare herself.It's a book I'll dip into again, exploring some of her references as well.
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  • Kelli Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books that I feel was written just for me. And not only that, it feels like I'm having a conversation with a good girlfriend when I'm reading it. Anne's writing style is calm, clear and personal, all while providing information and anecdotes that are applicable to so many situations. We learn what overthinking really is and how it manifests in our lives, and get practical steps for how to handle it. I found myself in many of the pages of this book, thinking "Oh yes, I do tha This is one of those books that I feel was written just for me. And not only that, it feels like I'm having a conversation with a good girlfriend when I'm reading it. Anne's writing style is calm, clear and personal, all while providing information and anecdotes that are applicable to so many situations. We learn what overthinking really is and how it manifests in our lives, and get practical steps for how to handle it. I found myself in many of the pages of this book, thinking "Oh yes, I do that!" The tools Anne provides are already making a difference in my life, and I can't wait to share this book with friends. And now I can finally stop worrying that I should apologize to my prom date for leaving him to hang out with friends 30+ years ago :)
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  • Mom_Loves_Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Anne Bogel's sweet, calming voice on her podcast, "What Should I Read Next" has cheered me up on more than one occasion, not to mention the loads of books I have added to my TBR list because of her & her guests. "Don't Overthink It" is Anne's 3rd book & it was released on 3/3. It is a quick-read that is full of wisdom & strategies for overcoming decision fatigue, ways to get over feeling so overwhelmed & always second-guessing ourselves, & just live our best lives with more mental peace & joy! Anne Bogel's sweet, calming voice on her podcast, "What Should I Read Next" has cheered me up on more than one occasion, not to mention the loads of books I have added to my TBR list because of her & her guests. "Don't Overthink It" is Anne's 3rd book & it was released on 3/3. It is a quick-read that is full of wisdom & strategies for overcoming decision fatigue, ways to get over feeling so overwhelmed & always second-guessing ourselves, & just live our best lives with more mental peace & joy!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing new or earth-shattering, per se, but I love Anne Bogel. She would have to derail totally for me not to love her. 🤣
  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t really think I was much of an overthinker, but I love the way Anne Bogel writes, so I eagerly pre-ordered this book, which comes out March 3. One of the preorder bonuses was a NetGalley ebook and the opportunity to read this book before publication.Reading this book, I have realized that I am, in fact, an overthinker, and so is almost everyone else in my family! We just used different terms to describe our behavior. One of my favorite terms in this book is “analysis paralysis.” Our fami I didn’t really think I was much of an overthinker, but I love the way Anne Bogel writes, so I eagerly pre-ordered this book, which comes out March 3. One of the preorder bonuses was a NetGalley ebook and the opportunity to read this book before publication.Reading this book, I have realized that I am, in fact, an overthinker, and so is almost everyone else in my family! We just used different terms to describe our behavior. One of my favorite terms in this book is “analysis paralysis.” Our family has always described ourselves as “poor decision-makers,” but this term is much more descriptive!As an academic, I just saw myself as doing “research” when I gathered information prior to making a decision, if I had a problem deciding, I would chalk it up to “option glut.” I didn’t see myself as an overthinker, because I would often put off decisions rather than decide immediately.How wrong I was!Not only is this book compulsively readable, but it is full of wonderful descriptive anecdotes that beautifully illustrate the points Anne makes. More importantly, it is full of practical advice and actual solutions to the dilemmas that result from overthinking.I highly recommend this book to all overthinkers and poor decision-makers. Bringing more joy to your life is always a good thing!
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    This was the right book at the right time for me. I've recently had some significant (positive) life changes that brought with them a flurry of opportunities... to overthink. Unfortunately, overthinking can become a habit and begin to sap the joy from one's life.Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life describes the ways we engage in overthinking, what prompts us to overthink, and thankfully, identifies ways to reduce one's tendency to over This was the right book at the right time for me. I've recently had some significant (positive) life changes that brought with them a flurry of opportunities... to overthink. Unfortunately, overthinking can become a habit and begin to sap the joy from one's life.Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life describes the ways we engage in overthinking, what prompts us to overthink, and thankfully, identifies ways to reduce one's tendency to overthink. The suggestions I found most helpful were focusing on one's values, limiting options, not allowing planning to interfere with actually executing, basking in rituals, treating oneself, and simple abundance.Ms. Bogel also provides a section outlining books she found especially helpful in researching overthinking and the tools to overcome it. I look forward to reading several of those titles.I applied what I learned from this book while writing this review. Rather than focusing on writing it "just so," I just sat down and wrote it. I highly recommend this book to those who sometimes get caught up in analysis paralysis.Thank you to netgalley and the author for an advance copy of this book.
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  • RuthAnn
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Baker Books for my free copy! Don't Overthink It is firmly in Anne Bogel's oeuvre; readers and listeners of her blog and podcast will find the same friendly, plainspoken, encouraging tones in this book about letting go of analysis paralysis so that we can live a life that feels solid and free. It's also a really practical book with lots of ideas to try, plus space for reflection and action-planning. I think it could be a great gift for a new grad, someone who's considering a job swi Thank you to Baker Books for my free copy! Don't Overthink It is firmly in Anne Bogel's oeuvre; readers and listeners of her blog and podcast will find the same friendly, plainspoken, encouraging tones in this book about letting go of analysis paralysis so that we can live a life that feels solid and free. It's also a really practical book with lots of ideas to try, plus space for reflection and action-planning. I think it could be a great gift for a new grad, someone who's considering a job switch or going back to school, or a friend in a new phase of life (like an empty nest or retirement). I would also recommend this book to someone who has limited reading time and is interested in aligning behaviors with values/priorities. Personally, I do a lot of reading in this realm, so there wasn't much new here for me. But that's okay! Anne does a good job of summarizing other works and gleaning takeaways. One of my biggest pet peeves about business books and self help is that they are so darn LONG. This book does not waste words, and you will be glad for it. As I read, the book reminded me of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, and most recently, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I am absolutely an over thinker. I had hoped that the book would give me some way to stop overthinking which book to read next, but no such luck — Bogel's suggestion to read books on my shelf or readily available at the library doesn't really help when I've got about 1000 unread books that I own and a library with a great e-book selection, not to mention a very good collection in the library itself. That said, I appreciated her suggestions re: other decisions, like creating routines and rituals I am absolutely an over thinker. I had hoped that the book would give me some way to stop overthinking which book to read next, but no such luck — Bogel's suggestion to read books on my shelf or readily available at the library doesn't really help when I've got about 1000 unread books that I own and a library with a great e-book selection, not to mention a very good collection in the library itself. That said, I appreciated her suggestions re: other decisions, like creating routines and rituals to help take back some of the mental energy required to make simple decisions throughout the day. It reminded me of the times when I did have better routines and how much more smoothly things have gone. I also felt that some of my decisions that feel like splurges and laziness were validated — I outsource the cleaning of my house because it clears up the time for me to do things I enjoy more, and I get monthly deliveries of fresh flowers, which aren't cheap, but they liven up the house and make me smile. Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life was easy to read and contained strategies that can help with at least some of my overthinking going forward, and I'm looking forward to implementing them in my regular life.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I am writing this review as someone with crippling anxiety- oftentimes, even the smallest decisions will send me into a tailspin of worry and stress. Overthinking is a serious problem for me, so when I heard that Anne's new book was titled "Don't Overthink It", I became very hopeful that perhaps this was going to help me. Within the first chapter, I knew that I was right. Anne directs her readers through every aspect of overthinking, and she does so with her own experiences in overcoming overthi I am writing this review as someone with crippling anxiety- oftentimes, even the smallest decisions will send me into a tailspin of worry and stress. Overthinking is a serious problem for me, so when I heard that Anne's new book was titled "Don't Overthink It", I became very hopeful that perhaps this was going to help me. Within the first chapter, I knew that I was right. Anne directs her readers through every aspect of overthinking, and she does so with her own experiences in overcoming overthinking, but she also brings in expansive research on the topic to assist with her points. She is so encouraging with her tone. "You are not doomed to a life of overthinking. You can do better, but it won't happen instantly." After every chapter is a workbook page to apply principles to your own life and reflect on how you are actively making decisions. This book held my hand through applying each principle Anne spoke on to my own life and own overthinking. As Anne says, "Perfection isn't possible, but change totally is." I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is an overthinker- it will revamp your mental energy!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I went into this book not considering myself an overthinker. I still don't, but I did find a few relatable points in the book. More importantly, it caused me to empathize with people in my life who do overthink, and how I might be able to help them or even just relate to them. Anne gives so many practical, simple tips on how to calm anxious thoughts and stop second-guessing ourselves. I'd highly recommend it for anyone who relates to the title!
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