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The Lazy Genius Way

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Can we all agree that a book whose subtitle is "Genius about the things that matter, and lazy about the things that don't" points to a good book? Cause this one sure is!⁠

The book is structured around the thirteen principles Kendra applies to her life. Thirteen seems like a large number, but most, if not all, of them are so common sense it's impossible not to see them applied to your life as well. I'm genuinely surprised no one has thought of them before.

The chapters have a relatively similar structure. There are relevant stories from Kendra's life to illustrate the point she's trying to make. She describes the principle the chapter is about, and then she offers suggestions on how or where you could apply that principle. It reads easily, maybe even quickly, but this is not the point. The point is to take your time to see how you could apply it practically to your own life.

It's the sort of book you want to reread at some point. It's also wonderful for that end of the year/ beginning of the year time when people look for new systems or strategies to make their lives easier. This could just be what you need.

I received a free ebook copy from the publisher via Net Galley. All thoughts expressed here are my own.
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Sadly this book wasn't for me. I didnt realise from the blurb that I wasn't the target audience - I felt the book leant too much on Christianity and motherhood. Im sure for the intended audience it was enjoyable but sadly not for me.

Thank you for the arc.
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All of the advice that was given I already do on some level. It was like reading about how I’m structured and how I already think but on a very basic level, very skin deep. I think that many people will benefit from reading this book. A lot of people struggle with getting unstuck on a very basic level and this book could possibly help them get more organized but it would not help them solve the deeper issues that are likely the root cause of their behavior. It is overall a good, playful read.
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The thought of cleaning my house and making dinner for my family after a long day is just straight up exhausting! Until this book came into my life. Giving tangible call to action steps that make organizing your life so much easier and dare I say enjoyable! Low stress, funny, and 100% useful!
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Not all books are for all people….obviously.  This book was not for me.  This book leans on Christianity too much for my liking.  I wish this had been mentioned in  the description because it’s very off putting to expect one thing and get another.  The book ( what I was able to read…..I DNF at 50%) was good and well put together, but just not for me or applicable to my life.  I appreciate the opportunity to read this ARC!
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Despite praise from so many readers, this book wasn't for me.  It was repetitive and not relevant to my daily life.
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I enjoyed “The Lazy Genius Way” and felt relief that I’m not alone in some sort of struggle to manage things that go on inside the home.

My Big Takeaways:

1. I tend to for my routines in a box and tell myself to never divert from them and then am hard on myself when they fall apart. I love that Kendra talks about how routines can be based on what needs to be done that day, “not necessarily from sitting in the same place using the same pen.”

2. “The Lazy Genius Way” also gave me ownership of the way I do my own things, not what everyone else swears by. I don’t have to do things the way everyone else does. *breath of relief* And I can can start small? *hallelujah chorus*

I read “Atomic Habits” earlier this year by James Clear (also mentioned by Kendra in the book) and I think the two fit perfectly together, “The Lazy Genius” way expanding more on systems within motherhood.
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I hadn't listened to Kendra's podcast for long before I saw the book on here, but as soon as I saw it I had  to have it. As with her podcast, Kendra's way of looking at the world is fantastic and makes my day to day life so much easier. 
I've already purchased the book for my library. Thanks #NetGalley for letting me review it!
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Like some other reviewers, I was surprised that the author's religious beliefs were not referenced in the description or synopsis. I found that they jarred a little with me ( I am a Christian, by the way.). I found the author's approach engaging and enthusiastic but there is very little that is particularly earth-shattering here. Thank you for the opportunity to access an ARC.
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ReviewThank you #kendraadachi, #WaterBrook, and #RandomHouse for the free ARC.
Kendra's is the voice I wish had been available to whisper in my ear as a young wife and mother or certainly before becoming an empty nester. I could have bypassed sooo many hard years of figuring out how to manage "adulting" and saved so much mental and physical energy. If you know a young woman, especially a young wife/mother, buy two copies, one for her and one for yourself. All of the Lazy Genius advice applies to men, too, of course, but the book is written especially for women drowning in all the (unreasonable) expectations of modern society. (Why men often shrug off these expectations and women usually can't is a topic for another book, another time.)
Despite these disclaimers, I fully expect to turn to this book time and again as I navigate anything new (grandchildren? retirement?) or when something old becomes harder than it should be (meal planning? working at home?). The Lazy Genius Way really is, as Kendra suggests, a new way to SEE. Mindset is such a buzzword these days, but applying the Lazy Genius mindset or lens to almost any task promises a smoother path, often with fewer steps. I'm not sure that there's any home/family management situation that wouldn't benefit from being "Lazy Geniused." You won't find one-size-fits-all solutions here. The Lazy Genius Way lays out principles and a method for allowing you to develop systems that work for your life, not someone else's. Put this on your wish list, request it from your library, and gift it to everyone you love!
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I listened to the audiobook version of this book and found that it was very engaging. The content was helpful and inspiring; I would definitely buy a copy for myself to refer back to.
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I really enjoyed this book. I finished it in about a day because it was so easy to read, straightforward, and enjoyable that I picked it up whenever I had time. It inspired me to work on things I’ve been neglecting and gave me the confidence to fix what needs fixing and organizing. There were some areas that were overly simplified, and not all of it was relevant to me as I don’t have kids, but I still enjoyed a great deal of the book.
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I was eager to get into introspection while reading this book, and I was hoping the book would not feel too dense to read as many self-helps tend to be. This book was such a great surprise of perfection! I really felt understood and took away many key points to help better myself. Thank you to NetGalley and WaterBrook & Multnomah for a copy of this book for an honest review.
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Love love love this book!  The concepts are doable, easy, common sense, and brilliant.  I LOVE how easy it is to read this book, examine your own life, and make changes that work for you!! Will be recommending to all of my fellow readers and family! Thanks Kendra Adachi and Netgalley!
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Yes. Yes. Yes. While I have a personal issue with the word "lazy," I'll excuse it for this book. If you are trying to do ALL the things, READ THIS BOOK to help you figure out where to start by deciding what MATTERS to YOU, and letting the rest go by the wayside. I've already implemented several steps outlined in this book, and feel calmer because of it. GET THIS BOOK.
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Practical in-depth guide for parents of school age children.
These 13 Key Principles help you to:
* Learn not only what needs a shortcut but also how create one
* Notice what matter and carve space in your day to nuture growth in those areas.
Become a genius in the things that matter to YOU and lazy about the things that do not.
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Guiding principles on how to do life in a way that matters to you as a whole person. Full of permission to choose what matters most and live fully and still have cereal for dinner sometimes (or all the time) or serve guests the hodgepodge of leftovers and chill while the children slowly (ok, shockingly quickly) dismantle your living room. This book makes room for it all and lets you do the same.
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I love Kendra and her wise, accessible, helpful, honestly life-changing lifestyle of the lazy genius way. I've listened to her podcast and loved her on instagram for years, and this book is the best compilation of all the goodness that she shares. it took me a while to read it because I actually wanted to implement what she was coaching me on, and I loved that. it's really refreshing, fun, non-judgmental, and brilliant. so grateful for this one.
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"When you care about something, you try to do it well. When you care about everything, you do nothing well, which then compels you to try even harder. Welcome to bring tired."
"Perfection keeps you safely hidden but also keeps you from being truely known."
I know I may be the last person on the planet to read this but this book is like sitting down with your best friend and having her remind you of all the things that really matter in this life.... to you.
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I've been "internet friends" with Kendra for a few years now. I remember connecting with her in The Sugar Box days and thinking: "this is one of my people". We've tweeted at each other and swapped book recommendations since 2015, and she's been a guest on my own podcast a couple of times.

Kendra never fails to amaze me with her ability to look at life via systems. I love a good system (any other Enneagram Fives out there?), but Kendra BREATHES them. And that's what this book is: a system to create systems that work for your own life, not another how-to with steps that don't fit the situation you are in. She offers guiding principles to help you evaluate and rethink if what you are doing now works, why it might not, and how to make a change for the better. And she does it with heart, making sure to drill down to the WHY of things, not just the how.

If you're not sure if this book is for you or not, go check out Kendra's podcast, THE LAZY GENIUS PODCAST and listen to a few of the episodes (I especially love #132 Ten Steps to Creating Your Own Traditions and the whole series on routines). If you find yourself nodding along and says "yes!" a lot, definitely click "continue to check out" with this book in your cart.
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