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"This book is two things. It’s an eye-opener to the fact that we don’t have to do a million things to be productive (or successful). And it’s a coach that helps us trim the fat, get real with our purpose, and start living more intentionally." (Goop) 

"Dalton helps listeners by teaching us to focus on the most important things and create our own operating systems that are exclusive to our lives as individuals. By doing this, we can simplify and make life even better." (San Francisco Book Review)

Dalton’s ground-up approach to productivity teaches listeners to identify their real priorities and, in doing so, cut their massive to-do lists down to size by learning to say no to the tasks that pull them away from their North Star-Grateful 

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?

Tanya 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 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Tanya Dalton (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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Loved this book.

I previously thought Tonya Dalton owned a planner company, but after listening to her book, I now understand she’s a productivity guru who offers tools to help people achieve their goals. I really enjoyed hearing all her thoughts and I’m looking forward to implementing a lot of her ideas so I can live centered on my priorities.

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Have JOMO not FOMO!

I’m a magician... you know a wife, mom, full-time employee, daughter, friend, school and church volunteer, neighbor, and in charge of morning carpool... just a few things. Not much. Tonya describes me over and over again in her book, The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less.

Because of her, I am now a recovering To Do List junkie. Before reading this book the only way I felt like I was truly accomplishing anything was by crossing off a task on my list. I'm one of those people who would add things that I already completed just because it made me feel better about my day. Now I focus on my priorities vs my to dos. Just one of the many game changers I took away.

This book was EXACTLY what I needed at this point in my life. It was real and forced me to look at my week (my 168 hours) differently. Tonya didn't just tell me what I needed to do though, she gave me the tools to work through how to make those changes. Day-by-day I'm implementing her suggestions. JOMO is truly a liberating shift in perspective and I highly recommend it to anyone feeling the pressure (and who isn't).

Even though I received an advance reader’s copy from Nelson Books for an honest review, I purchased the audiobook as well. Everything shared in this review are my own thoughts.

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Great book--How to deal with overwhelm!

I have so much going on in my life right now. Tonya addresses how to make sure that you are focused on the RIGHT things.

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It makes me feel like less of a bad mom

When I started out as a mother I had so many aspirations for the kind of stay at home mom I would be, and let’s face it, I’m not that woman. Being a stay at home mom doesn’t bring me joy. My kids being excited to see me after a day out by myself that I earned after a week of arguments brings me joy. Time alone by myself to work on my aspirations and spend time with my friends outside of motherhood brings me joy and I’m thankful I had this book to help me realize I don’t HAVE to do it all if it doesn’t make me happy.

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must read

Tonya does a beautiful job of simplify productivity and overwhelm. Less is more. This is a book that every woman must own. Thank you Tonya!

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Sample was misleading

The Sample for this book was misleading. Every chapter sounds like and into to a book. I stopped listening after chapter 4

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great book

thus is great book with interesting ideas for automating your day and making time for rest

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Not worth my time

This author does an lot of talking but this book doesn’t give much life changing information. I was very disappointed.

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I would have been ok missing out on this.

The narration style was annoying. It reminded me if that teenager who makes every 3rd sentence sound like a question, even when it's a statement.

The content was ok. Focus on the couple things that matter most in your life and disregard what's not necessary. Self, Family, Work. Not new or groundbreaking.

I usually listen each audiobook at least twice, because I usually miss something.

I hate to say it, but this was a once and done for me.

I still gave it 3 stars because I'm sure there are those who may gain some helpful advice from this book.

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Narration not to my liking

There were some good ideas in this book, but I couldn't handle the narrator's voice. It had a questioning, sing-song quality that grated on my nerves. Often author-narrated books don't sound good, unless the author has a background in public speaking. I will be more careful about checking out Audible's spoken samples in the future. Unfortunately, I got to the point where I couldn't handle listening for another moment, so I returned this book. Perhaps a print or Kindle version would work better for me.

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  • 05-21-21

Awesome Read

started off a bit slow but when I got into it,I couldn't stop.
really insightful.
I will read a 2nd time

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  • Miss L J Rowe
  • 06-15-20

Life changing

Such a great book. I'm going to start it again with a notepad this time!