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Tanya Dalton

Live More by Doing Less

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The Joy of Missing Out by Tanya Dalton is a guide to simplify life and prioritize what really matters. It offers practical tips and tools to help you design a fulfilling and intentional life, free from the pressure of social media and comparison.

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    Don’t try to achieve balance; focus on what is truly important.

    Many of us want to lead balanced lives. We may think that this involves giving equal attention to all areas of our lives. But this isn’t right. The truth is, if our lives were perfectly balanced, we wouldn’t move forward – we’d be frantically going around in aimless circles. 

    The key message here is: Don’t try to achieve balance; focus on what is truly important.

    If you’ve ever ridden a bicycle, you’ll know that it’s almost impossible to maintain balance when it’s perfectly still. You first have to gather momentum by gently leaning forward and pedaling. Then, if you want to turn left or right, you have to shift your balance. But if you lean too heavily to one side, you’ll topple over. You need to keep adjusting your center of gravity to keep the bike upright. In other words, moving forward requires focus and constant counterbalance.

    It’s the same in our lives; merely trying to find balance isn’t enough. We need to focus on our priorities to get moving. And to keep going, we have to constantly shift weight to different priorities depending on what’s most important at any given moment.

    Let’s dig into why we find focusing so hard. We can divide life into three areas: work, personal, and home. Our work life involves our job, like running a business or a household. Our personal life consists of our relationships and other social interactions, as well as our goals, hobbies, and health. And our home life is dominated by chores and tasks that keep our day-to-day running smoothly.

    Each of these areas is, of course, important. But it’s impossible to divide our time, energy, and focus equally between them. If we were to spread these three resources thinly across all areas of our lives, we’d be putting an awful amount of effort into achieving very little – and yet this is exactly what often ends up happening. So why do we do it?

    Well, many of us try to achieve the “perfect” balance because we think it’s what society expects of us. But we need to free ourselves from these unrealistic expectations. To do this, the expectations first need to be identified – and then rejected.

    For example, once upon a time, the author believed that good moms stayed home, baked cookies for their kids, and volunteered regularly at their schools. She felt guilty because she enjoyed her job, and her schedule made it hard to meet these strict requirements. Trying to do everything was just too much work and left her feeling unfulfilled. 

    Eventually, though, she shifted her definition of a good mom to one who loves her children in the best way she can. By rejecting the unrealistic expectations, the author stopped trying to balance and started to prioritize – and is now much happier as a result. 

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    What is The Joy of Missing Out about?

    The Joy of Missing Out (2019) focuses on how we can eliminate stress from our lives and improve our productivity. It contains actionable strategies for simplifying our lives and identifying our priorities.

    The Joy of Missing Out Review

    The Joy of Missing Out (2020) by Tanya Dalton is a book that explores the importance of prioritizing our lives and finding joy in the art of missing out. Here are three reasons why this book is worth reading:

    • With its practical strategies and thought-provoking exercises, it helps readers declutter their lives and focus on what truly matters.
    • Tanya Dalton's personal experiences and relatable anecdotes make the book engaging while providing valuable insights into achieving balance and reclaiming our time.
    • The book encourages readers to embrace imperfection and overcome the fear of missing out, offering a refreshing perspective on finding fulfillment in our everyday lives.

    Best quote from The Joy of Missing Out

    We need to be willing not to do everything.

    —Tanya Dalton
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    Who should read The Joy of Missing Out?

    • Those who struggle to manage their time effectively
    • Individuals who have a hard time saying no
    • Women of all ages and all stages of life

    About the Author

    Tanya Dalton is a productivity expert, best-selling author, and speaker. She is also the founder and CEO of inkWELL Press Productivity Co., a multimillion-dollar company that provides tools to help women do less while achieving more success.

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    The main message of The Joy of Missing Out is finding balance and contentment in our lives by embracing the power of saying no.

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    The Joy of Missing Out is worth reading for its insights on prioritization, mindfulness, and achieving a healthier work-life balance.

    Who is the author of The Joy of Missing Out?

    The author of The Joy of Missing Out is Tanya Dalton.

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