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Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life

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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 n
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Paperback, 217 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Baker Books
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Working Homeschool She makes some passing references to their church regarding friends or events, but nothing strictly religious. Her ideas and thoughts are of the concr…moreShe makes some passing references to their church regarding friends or events, but nothing strictly religious. Her ideas and thoughts are of the concrete variety, not of the 'pray about it' variety. (less)
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Anne Bogel
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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
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JanB
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Fergus
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! I 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 Bugs.

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
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Brandice
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Kari Ann Sweeney
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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
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Karen Ditsch
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
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Morgan Tallman
May 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Kaytee Cobb
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
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Linda Hutchinson
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Janssen
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, non-fiction
I just really enjoyed reading this - delightful and practical.
Cheryl
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Yesenia Cash
Didn’t expect this to be this short, nothing special.
Victoria
Nov 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Full disclosure: I only read about 56% of this book and then I just couldn't do it any more.

I am going to sound super snarky and I don't like that but this is really the only way I can think of describing why I don't like this book. I can see this book appealing to women who have problems like, "Oh no! We have an extra 18 hours of time in New York. What shall we do?" Or "Oops we opened an 80 dollar bottle of wine by accident!" Yes, these were both in the book.

I just didn't feel like this transf
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Leigh Kramer
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. ...more
Camille Pagán
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Kaloyana
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
There are some good advices and observations, but most of the time nothing you don't know, if you are older than 22. ...more
Kat
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This 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
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Kammy
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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tiasreads
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(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
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Acordul Fin
Dec 02, 2020 marked it as dnf-ed
DNF at 45%.
I mean, who microwaves a melon? And while I was tempted to berate myself further and wallow in my misfortune, that wouldn’t have done anyone any good, especially me.
I'm being generous with 2 stars because I didn't do my due diligence and didn't check if the person who wrote this has any qualifications to write on the topic. Spoiler alert, she doesn't.

I was really tempted to cut it loose right at the beginning when she quoted a Bible proverb. But I decided to give it a sho
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Renee
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kelli Roberts
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ashley
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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SAMA
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english
“every minute we spend overthinking is a minute not spent on the things that matter.”


As an overthinker this book gave me the peace of mind i was looking for I totally LOVED ittttt
The way the author was telling her own struggles with overthinking was just amazing i felt like I was talking with a close friend.

What kind of person do I want to be? What kind of world do I want to live in?
I love to think of answers to such questions and this book made me think alot about them (ofc healthy thinking not
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Sarah
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nothing new or earth-shattering, per se, but I love Anne Bogel. She would have to derail totally for me not to love her. 🤣
Regina
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it
When my husband and I bought our first house together, I set upon the large project of painting every room. Many hours were spent on Pinterest and at the paint store ruminating on just the right shades. I decided that everything needed to be done with Benjamin Moore “Ben” eggshell for consistency and purchased many gallons. I’d paint the hallway Revere Pewter and our bedroom Chelsea Gray, only to fret the following week that they didn’t flow well together. Back to Pinterest, back to the store, b ...more
Kelly
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. ...more
Lisa Gusewelle
Not As Well-Thought Out as I Had Hoped

To me, this book needed more editing, more shout outs to beneficial organizations and research studies, and the author selecting better personal experiences with her audience.

At times, it seemed to me that her chosen audience for the book was too vague, which made it not very useful for either men or women, parents or non-parents, religious or non-religious, book worm or not. If she had now carefully considered who she was writing the book for (possibly wome
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Kelli
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Anne is so inspirational. This book is filled with stories and tid bits on how to get out of your own way and stop worrying. It was very motivational!
Janet
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Anne Bogel is an author, the creator of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy, and host of What Should I Read Next? podcast.

Her newest book Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life came out on March 3, 2020.

Her second book I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life explores the way our books shape, define, enchant, and even som
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