Don’t Overthink It

By: Anne Bogel

Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel is based on the premise that individuals can feel overwhelmed by the process of decision-making.  We may be paralyzed by the number of options available or have trouble deciding between two good options.  We may refrain from decision-making because we are hoping another, better option will arise. 

Regardless of the reasons we stall, Bogel makes the point that we are wasting precious time and energy.  The author quotes Annie Dillard, “How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives.”  Bogel then shares her twist with us, “When we spend our time overthinking, that’s what we’re doing.”  No one wants to look back at her life or even her day and feel as if she has wasted one minute on needless worry. 

As I began this book, I did not realize that overthinking was an issue.  However, I quickly realized that not only do I have friends and colleagues who are paralyzed in certain aspects of decision-making, I have fallen prey to overthinking myself, typically on decisions that require a significant monetary investment. 

Bogel’s advice is practical, useful and to the point.  If you enjoy straightforward self-help books, and I do, then pick up a copy of Don’t Overthink It.  While you are at it, check out Bogel’s podcast, What Should I Read Next? where Bogel helps readers determine what books should rise to the top of their reading lists.