The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton (Review by Bruna Looby)
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We’re all busy – working, studying, trying to be a good mother and wife, cleaning the house, going to yoga class, and trying to keep a social life at the same time. It feels like the day isn’t long enough and we’re never able to cross things off of our endless to-do list. On the other hand, are we really that busy? Or are we scrolling trough Instagram instead of doing the things we should be doing? What are we really prioritizing?
I knew I would enjoy the book the moment I saw the cover and read the table of contents. Tonya Dalton did an amazing job showing us busy people how to get things done. The writing is easy and clear – just the way I think this kind of book should be. The chapters are broken down into topics and there are actual examples of real people that started using Tonya’s methods for simplifying their lives and were able to get things done.
According to Tonya, “Overwhelm isn’t having too much to do; its not knowing where to start.” This is exactly what she shows throughout the book – how to prioritize, focus your attention on what really has to be done now, and what can be done later.
One of Tonya’s points that I found very interesting is when she describes the differences between a to-do list and a priority list. She shows how much more productive it is if you break every task down into three sections: important and urgent, important and not urgent, and unimportant but urgent. It is an interesting concept and easy to apply to your everyday life.
The way she structured the book is also very interesting. First, she goes through how time is such a precious and limited resource, making you rethink what’s important in your life. Then, she presents tactics and methods for being productive and have more time for things that are important to you; things like enjoying our family, reading a book, or just relaxing.