Don't Overthink It
Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life
"Ruminating about decisions and problems can waste all kinds of time. In this upbeat and encouraging book, Anne shows readers how to escape this mental trap and free up space for life's adventures."--Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock and Juliet's School of Possibilities
"Reading Anne Bogel's words feels like having a conversation with your calmest, most reasonable friend--the one who gives you the advice you most need to hear. Get ready to feel happier, less panicked, and more at peace before you even finish the book."--Mary Laura Philpott, bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink
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 like this, but overthinking 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. You can overcome negative thought patterns that are repetitive, unhealthy, and unhelpful and replace them with positive ones 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 good decision-making, Don't Overthink It offers you a framework for making choices you'll be comfortable with, allowing you to use an appropriate amount of energy and freeing you to focus on all the other stuff that matters in life.
Anne Bogel is the author of Reading People and I'd Rather Be Reading and creator of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? Her popular book lists and reading guides have established her as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
"Ruminating about decisions and problems can waste all kinds of time. In this upbeat and encouraging book, Anne shows readers how to escape this mental trap and free up space for life's adventures."
Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock and Juliet's School of Possibilities
"Decisions don't have to be so hard. Anne Bogel tells us why and shows us how. With a delightful combination of her own experience and practical research, Anne brings us relief from overthinking, making at least one decision quick and easy: get this book!"
Emily P. Freeman, podcaster and bestselling author of The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions
"Anne Bogel can read our minds, and our minds are overthinking. She gets it, and she has real answers instead of pithy platitudes. We don't want to live this way--ruminating and caught in negative thought patterns--and Bogel teaches us the way out. With personal tales of wisdom, humor, and truth, Don't Overthink It helps us break free. This book will be a permanent fixture on my nightstand."
Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
"As a card-carrying member of Overthinkers Anonymous, I didn't just want Anne Bogel to write this book, I needed her to write it. I am so grateful she did. This isn't just a book about overthinking; it's a practical, doable guide to stop doing it--and to find the wholeness and freedom that come from taking the steps Anne has so thoughtfully provided."
Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, author of nine novels, chronic overthinker, and cofounder of She Reads
"Any interaction with Anne or her work leaves me feeling calmer about life. She's our wise internet sister who always has solid advice, and this book is no exception."
Kendra Adachi, author of The Lazy Genius Way
"Reading Anne Bogel's words feels like having a conversation with your calmest, most reasonable friend--the one who gives you the advice you most need to hear. Get ready to feel happier, less panicked, and more at peace before you even finish the book."
Mary Laura Philpott, bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink
"I call them 'swirly thoughts,' that maelstrom of what-ifs and uh-ohs that invade my mind at the most inopportune times: the middle of the night or when I'm on a deadline. Anne Bogel has been there, and she knows the way through the mental storm. With a firm, guiding hand and plenty of compassion, she shows you how to transform your thoughts into your most reliable ally to calm your mind and live your best life."
Melissa Joulwan, author of the bestselling Well Fed cookbook series
"I wish I would have had this book ten years ago. It's practical, insightful, and incredibly helpful. When we become better at making decisions, we waste less energy and time and become better at contributing our best to the world. If you waste time deliberating over decisions, get this book!"
Allison Fallon, bestselling author and founder of Find Your Voice
"Overwhelmed by life? Got a big decision on the horizon? Need a pick-me-up to get through the hard stuff? Don't Overthink It is a feel-good, how-to guide to making your life work for you the way you want it to. Reader, read! Stat."
Claire Diaz-Ortiz, author and speaker
"My top strength on the Gallup StrengthsFinder test is Intellection, which can easily get me stuck in the quicksand of my mind called overthinking. I am grateful to Anne for this practical guide to get me out of that quicksand and keep me productive and acting on my thinking and ideas."
Erik Fisher, producer and host of the Beyond the To-Do List podcast
"With her signature combination of best-friend warmth and expert insight, Anne Bogel has provided a gift in Don't Overthink It. For those of us who care about living wisely and contributing well, Anne offers practical, rich perspective on how we can make decisions without getting stuck in 'what-ifs.' Don't Overthink It will be a companion for readers as they make transformative decisions and find themselves stumped by everyday dilemmas."
Beth Silvers, coauthor of I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) and cohost of the Pantsuit Politics podcast
"I've been reading Anne Bogel for over a decade. As I look back, I see that her words have led me to some of the most important insights of my life. Her gift is showing how small shifts--especially in how we think--can open up a new perspective and a new path. While many of us struggle with a world full of choices, both big and small, Don't Overthink It does what Anne always does--shows us there's another way."
Sarah Stewart Holland, coauthor of I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) and cohost of the Pantsuit Politics podcast
"I was pumping my fist in the air while reading through Anne Bogel's words in Don't Overthink It, because I know how many people--women, especially--need this book. As a lifelong anxiety sufferer, I'm always looking for new strategies to cope with the looping thoughts that can take over my decision-making. Anne made me feel less alone in the way my brain works and provided me a way forward when I feel stuck. For busy, multitasking, and occasionally overwhelmed readers, Don't Overthink It provides solidarity and strategies to cope with analysis paralysis."
Laura Tremaine, writer and podcaster
"Don't Overthink It is a timely and necessary book for this specific moment in culture, but even more, Anne Bogel is the perfect voice for such a message. Hand to God, I trust her so much that I would punch myself in the face if she recommended it."
Knox McCoy, author of The Wondering Years and cohost of The Popcast with Knox and Jamie
"I've known Anne for years, and she is and will always be my favorite book whisperer. But a surprise in our friendship, particularly when it comes to business, has been how much she's helped me stop overthinking. Now every reader can access the tools Anne used to help me become less of a waffler and more of a confident first-guesser."
Jamie B. Golden, cohost of The Popcast with Knox and Jamie and The Bible Binge podcasts
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