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Productivity expert and CEO of inkWELL Press Productivity Co. Tonya Dalton challenges women to rethink "busy" and intentionally live with a mindset of abundance

Overwhelmed. Too many women are swamped and exhausted by all they strive to do, ending most days feeling unsatisfied and unsuccessful. Tonya Dalton, productivity expert and CEO of inkWELL Press Productivity Co.,
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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Amie McDaniel
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tonya Dalton has written an intricate and intimate book that will change the way you look at your life and the way you "DO" life. It will have you re-evaluating what your priorities truly are and what you should be placing in utmost importance on a daily basis. She has woven the book together by sharing relatable stories of her life and tactical tools that you can implement immediately that make a real difference. I loved each one and found myself nodding along in agreement as well as ...more
Laura
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever thought about your North Star? What guides you? What really brings you joy? Most of us skip these essential questions, and because we do, we get pulled in every direction. The work that this book asks you to do is difficult, but you are not alone. Tonya is with you every step of the way. This book is relatable and easy to read. More than that, it’s effective. Open up and do the work. You will not regret it.
Basic B's Guide
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Joy of Missing Out @tonyadalton . Available Tuesday, October 1st! (@nelsonbooks #partner )

Everyone talks about the power of YES but what about the power of NO? We fill our days because we feel better about ourselves and our productivity if we can check off the boxes but are, we accomplishing the things we want to be doing or merely just doing to do?

As I continue my Bookstagram journey I continually ask myself am I happy? Does my account still reflect my purpose or have I lost focus? I
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Sarah Poling
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Gail
Sep 13, 2019 added it
JOMO is a gift for women at all ages and stages of life. As a recent retiree who spent many years feeling frantically busy, the temptation to “stay busy” presents itself constantly. This book challenges all the assumptions and “stories” that glorify “busy-ness.” Tonya Dalton has done a masterful job of reframing our paradigm of productivity. My personal mission statement involves living with purpose and striving for wellness. Thanks to Tonya, I can fulfill that mission on my own terms without ...more
Colette Petersen
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

I've been a Tonya Dalton fan for a while, using her individual tips to become more focused on my priorities. Having all those tips along with relatable stories gathered together into a system in this book is awesome.

If you're stuck in busyness or trying to prioritize everything and everyone, this is the book for you.

Be prepared for some deep work and getting real with yourself and your goals. When
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Lauren
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Joy of Missing Out not only helps you to decide what is important to you, but how to schedule your time to get the most important things done.

The book is divided into 4 sections. Each one builds on the others and the further I got into the book, the more the concepts started to click. I love that Tonya doesn’t just tell you what to do, she tells you how to find what is right for YOU, because we each have our own lives and struggles and passions. We have to find our own “yes” and she tells
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Lisa Kivin
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tonya Dalton gets it- women are overworking, overstressing, and scheduling themselves to the max. While we may praise this”getting it all done” mentality in our society, I see it’s creating a phenomenon where the women doing it all are forgetting about creating a meaningful life where they feel productive AND satisfied. This book gives concrete guidance on how to miss out on things and find joy in the life that you plan with purpose. I cannot wait to implement the strategies in the book to my ...more
Laura
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the Joy of Missing out, Tonya shares practical advice from her real-life, authentic experiences of what happens when we try to do all the things and find ourselves in a vicious cycle of trying to be everything to everyone in learned helplessness. Her inspirational and relatable teaching style combined with her innate talent for eliminating the clutter in our minds and lives will be sure to transform your life as it did mine. I highly recommend that you joyfully miss out on everything listed ...more
Jennifer Lester
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The Joy of Missing Out encourages you to live your best life! It’s very relatable and goes way beyond “just another professional development book”. This book is uplifting and provides actionable tasks that allow the reader to create a system that is personalized. I found myself smiling and nodding as I read because this message is one that women really need to embrace! It is so refreshing to read a professional development book FOR women, written BY a woman.

It’s broken into four easy-to-read
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Nancy Williams
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt frustrated that your days seem filled with obligatory activities and events with little to no time left to fulfill the big projects and passions you dream about? If so, The Joy of Missing Out is for you! Productivity expert Tonya Dalton is highly relatable and exceptionally thorough in her step by step approach to 1) identifying your personal priorities and goals, and 2) setting up daily routines and time blocks with intention around those priorities that can help you create a ...more
Stacey
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clear and practical steps to focus in on your goals rather than making decisions on the fly. She has a well thought out path that anyone can follow and lots of additional resources to bring this book's suggestions to reality. I'll be going back to this one to do all the exercises and a more in-depth reading.
Deb Warren
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cannot wait to get my hands on this new exciting book. There are tons of bonuses if you pre-order including a $247 valued Discover Your North Star course. As a LiveWELL Method course alumni, I know a bit about the content launching October 1st! Without giving anything away, I can say that I rate this book 7 out of 5 stars. The author Tonya Dalton feels like family and walks the talk of her organization's mission. Get your pre-order in now! I guarantee you won't be disappointed and you, too, can ...more
Kathleen
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read this kind if the book - I'm a nonfiction person. But I know the company and when it offered a free copy for pre-release I wasn't going to turn down a free book. I have nerd cred to keep up.

Not in book form, but I do make a professional study of productivity and planning methods. I'm ambitious and if there's a way to work better and smarter count me in. Rather have skills you don't need then lack those you do.

But this book was far more about finding what you're even working
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Shannon Tedeschi
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Karin
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tonya has a way of communicating in a clear, focused voice strategies for organization that actually make life easier, not more crazy. I can't wait to read about her ideas on how to regain focus on things that matter in our lives...family, friends, spending time doing the things we love, etc. Looking forward to going on this journey!
Leslie Weaver
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a day where your life is filled with harmony as you live a life filled with joy. The days of feeling like a circus clown running from spinning plate to spinning plate are long gone. The race against the illusion of finding balance and the feeling of exhaustion and overwhelm are replaced with a life focused on intention and fulfillment. In The Joy of Missing Out Tonya walks you through taking practical steps to move from overwhelm to finding joy and harmony in your life. It starts with ...more
Desiree' Walczak
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

Tonya Dalton has put together a novel full of stories and relatable content while also placing nuggets of gold here and there for us to find. Scratch that. The book is actually pure gold. She knows exactly what we as women experience on a daily basis and tells us there is a better way. A way to find our purpose and be able to give our all to others in the best way possible. When we are stretched thin,
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Brenda
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved Tonya's InkWell Press planners for a few years now as well as her Productivity Paradox podcasts and monthly liveWELL FB challenges. Being a recovering perfectionist (or trying to be), I loved the real talk and saw myself in many pages of this book - and the book provides the tools to change my mindset to free myself to live a more joyful life - the one I want - where life isn't controlling me, but I am in control of my life.

Tonya doesn't just talk about it - she truly lives it in
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Adriana
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book, but my rating and opinion are my own. I felt like this book was written for me. I struggled with feeling like I wasn’t doing enough to be there for others and support others, and it would only hurt my family. This book had so many moments that made me feel the (self imposed) weight lifting off my shoulders. If you have trouble saying no or feel like you can’t ever enjoy anything because you’re always on the go, this book is the perfect answer for you. ...more
Amy
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is changing the lens I use to view my life. It’s not just a productivity book, it’s a tool for discovery and renewal.
I recently finished another wonderful book where the author spoke in the abstract about the topic. Not Tonya Dalton. She’s speaking directly to me and women like me. The book is an easy read - like a conversation between friends.

NOTE: After I had pre-ordered the book, I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Carrie LaFontaine
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Tonya's planners and podcasts and received an advanced copy of this book as part of her launch team. While some may say this is just another productivity book, I disagree. Tonya breaks things like automation of tasks down and made me feel like I could implement change immediately. I think most women can benefit from her approach to quit trying to be everything to everyone and start focusing on what is really important to you. I know I have!
Amanda
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

I'm starting to think that perhaps I should stop reading productivity/self-help books. Because they're all starting to sound the same after a while.

If you're very new to the productivity world, if you're a young mom, if you're already a fan of Tonya Dalton and inkWell Press... you'll probably like this. It's not a bad book. Tonya has a certain, gentle way about her that I think will resonate most with
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Mariam
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been listening to Tonya Dalton's podcast, The Productivity Paradox, for a good while now. When I was offered an advanced copy by the publisher for an honest review, I jumped at the chance because a) I really enjoyed her approach to time management and productivity and b) I select materials for the library where I work and wanted to see if this was a title I wanted to add to our collection.
As a full-time working mom, I've read many productivity/organizing/home management/time management
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Noah Alexander
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that this book is like a step by step guide for getting it together - while also letting you know it’s not about work/life balance anymore… it’s about finding the harmony between the different areas of your life. It doesn’t matter who you are or what roles you play at work or home or personally. This book can help anyone no matter what they’re going through.
Melinda
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It has such practical advice and suggestions. It has set me up for success in finding my “North Star” and living a life I love. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to find focus and purpose in their life.
Rebecca
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher for review.

I found chapter three most helpful, particularly as it related to mission, vision and core values. I also appreciated the idea of a “North Star” to determine your guiding principles for how your energy is spent.

Her writing style is easy and conversational.

I’m far less overwhelmed and desperate than her target audience but still gleaned some useful things to incorporate into my already-functioning system.
Trista Thurston
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is more than your average read. It's an experience, paired with a robust discussion guide, email companion series, and additional resources. Tonya has a way of speaking directly to the reader, no matter where they come from or who they are. Her techniques are approachable and come from a place of extreme honesty and vulnerability. This is not a book that will make readers feel inadequate. This will bust your myths and get you closer to your ideal day and life.

As soon as I closed the
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Amy Kornblau
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As an alumna of Tonya Dalton’s life changing LiveWELL Method course, I was overjoyed to learn that Tonya had written a book to bring the LiveWELL Method to women everywhere. This book is all that I hoped it would be and more. Not only is this book groundbreaking as a productivity book written by a woman for women, it is a refreshing move away from unyielding, one size fits all, productivity systems that force you to fit your life around these systems. The Joy of Missing Out places you at the ...more
Kristy
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've spent my entire life as a perfectionist. I've always been busy doing "all the things" for all the people. All the people except myself. Not yet 40 years old and I am tired of feeling overwhelmed with all that I feel needs to be done.

As I sat and read The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less, I felt like Tonya Dalton had written it just for me! She delivered some tough love, but I needed to hear it. “Productivity is not about doing more. It’s about doing what’s most important.” Thanks
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Tonya Dalton is a productivity expert, writer, speaker and founder of inkWELL PressProductivity Co. — a company centered around productivity tools and training.
She will release her first book, The Joy of Missing Out, with Harper Collins in October 2019.

inkWELL Press launched in November of 2014 and has been able to rapidly grow its online presence and expand into a national retail partnership
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