The author says early on "I'm not breaking any ground...", but she does present some ideas in a slightly different way. I like how she presents things as options, what worked for her or someone else, rather than anything being instructional or commanding. There's lots of questions and reminders to keep it simple and go back to what matters and what you can do now to make things easier later. I'm already thinking about who I know who would love this! I wanted to highlight everything so 5 stars.
Nice book, gives useful tips on how to simplify your life in a busy world. What is important to you and focus on that. Will definitely be using some of her principes.
I don’t have children and many tips in this book are how to manage a household, but many of these tips will still be helpful if you are just an adult and feel overwhelmed with life. This book speaks to the ease of routines on your life which is how I was raised and what I should get back to for less overall stress. Meatless Mondays, Taco Tuesday, etc. make meal prepping so much faster and can save money. Paring down items and planning out what to wear saves time and energy. Scheduling rest times into your calendar. All very helpful tidbits. Not rocket science, but great reminders.
I’ve followed Kendra for years and reading this book I could hear her voice. For someone as distracted as me she constantly helps me center on what matters. She walks you through basic steps to name what matters and break down large problems into simple steps while disregarding silly societal rules. Truly focusing on what matters for you and your family.
There is definitely some practical advice in these pages. I keep thinking the question, "What can I do now to make my life easier later?" However, I feel like the big "why" of it all missed the mark. The last several chapters/lessons especially. This way of thinking makes you and your feelings and your wants/desires the most important thing instead of a relationship with God and obedience to His will as the most important thing. You can't be enough AND also always need God to carry you. Those truths don't add up. Overall, an easy read and definitely going to apply some of her tips to my own life - I'll also probably be checking out her lazy genius cooking book - just read with discernment.
Thanks to Netgalley and WaterBrook & Multnomah for my e-ARC.
Finally, a self-help book that actually helps! Kendra Adachi’s The Lazy Genius Way is just the book I needed to view my life through a new, kinder lens and apply tips and tricks to help everything function better.
What makes The Lazy Genius Way stand apart from other self-help manuals is that Kendra does not just babble on about her own life, effectively shutting out the reader by showing only one way to accomplish your goals. Rather, Kendra presents 13 guiding principles to live life the “lazy genius way.” Lazy geniuses still get things done, but they do it by focusing on what matters. When you put effort into the things that matter and ditch the things that don’t, you will find that you are happier and more fulfilled. That’s what Kendra’s book is all about.
I found Kendra’s 13 principles to be totally accessible. Her principles are meant to guide you as you navigate your life, and can be applied in a variety of circumstances, no matter what life throws at you. She gives advice such as deciding once (such as determining that every Tuesday is Mexican dinner night at home) to give your brain more room to focus on the things that matter. Asking the magic question, which is “What can I do now to make later run smoother?”, is a way to show future self a little compassion. The answer to the magic question might include chopping vegetables for the upcoming week’s dinners on Sunday, or laying out your clothes for work the night before. That is just a sampling, but all 13 of Kendra’s principles hold real value in the lives of today’s modern woman and are frankly, life-changing.
I felt renewed after reading The Lazy Genius Way. As I read, I immediately started looking for ways to be a “genius about the things that matter, and lazy about the things that don’t” in my own life. The Lazy Genius Way has revolutionized the way I approach the minutiae of life, and has inspired me to focus my time and effort on the things that are truly important to me.
This was a good time of year to read this book, filled with lots of tips and tricks for self-improvement - but not in an overwhelming way. My favorite tip was the Magic Question - asking myself what I can do now to make XX easier - e.g., what can I do now to make tonight's dinner easier? This is something I try to do - to think about my future self and what I can do to make her life easier, such as filling the gas tank today so I don't have to do so when I'm in a rush tomorrow.
I wasn't familiar with this author's podcast but had heard of her when she was interviewed on Currently Reading. Glad I read this book and thanks to NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
This got me thinking in so many ways. I will start with one small step at a time and revisit this book when I need too.
I'm a big fan of Kendra's podcast The Lazy Genius. I love that her book breaks down how to Lazy Genius within my existing priorities, wants, and desires by using her 13 guiding principles rather than a prescriptive "my way or the highway" approach.
This took me a while to get through but I thought it was a good read. It reminded me a lot of Sarah Knight's work but I thought that this was written in a way that just made it make sense to me. Self Help tends to be hit or miss with me because I don't like when it feels as though the author is preaching to the choir when they write. Just tell me how it is, you know?
Kendra does a good job in laying out the facts and makes reaching the desired outcome feel realistic and achievable. I am one to think big and get overwhelmed by the journey to the end goal and this tells you how to break your decisions and plans down to get your shit together. Work smarter, not harder!
Would really recommend this to anyone looking to get their life together but they don't know where to start.
I loved this book! We live in an exhausting time where everyone and their brother tend to have a hustle, a side hustle, and a side side hustle. It's refreshing to hear the other side of this hustle culture, that you do not need have a mansion, four cars, and a shiny office downtown. Your imperfections are what make your life interesting, and embracing life for its messiness is one of the points that is highlighted in the book.
"The Lazy Genius Way" is a book that inspires happiness, acceptance, and a simple life.
As someone who struggles with just *getting started*, this is a book that's invaluable to me. Not every piece of advice is applicable to my life, but I appreciate it nonetheless. This is definitely a great addition to the self-help genre and I would recommend it to anyone who feels they need a little help.
Thank you, NetGalley, for the review copy of this book!
“Lean into what’s happening around you, and don’t assume how you live now is how you’ll live forever. Seasons change, and so do you.”
Kendra has been one of my favorite internet voices for a while now, and this book was everything I hoped it would be and more. This isn’t just about being efficient and productive. It’s about sifting through what’s actually important to you right now in the present moment and putting your energy toward THAT thing. This book didn’t leave me feeling ready to go conquer the world and tackle everything on my to-do list—it left me feeling like I didn’t NEED to check all those little boxes. Kendra will so kindly give you permission to recognize what’s important in your current season and to stop worrying yourself about the things that don’t matter to you right now. This book was just right for me as a new mom in this crazy 2020 world, and I think I’ll be revisiting it in the years to come!
This is book to add to the self-help genre, I have been collecting. One I'll recommend to clients. It's a take the pieces that work for you kind of book. Of course not everything works for everyone. The information is sound and helpful. It's always refreshing when author is add bits and pieces or stories about themselves to make the book more relatable like was done here.
This is a pretty popular topic right now and this book was well written about it.
This is the 1st work of this author's that I have read, and it felt like a conversation with a friend and not just words on paper.
I enjoyed her style of writing and she shared very real tasks and challenges that we face as part of life!
I am a completely different 'profile' of a person than the author, yet I found myself nodding along, and seeing how her principles could be applied to my own life.
I liked that the focus was on ease and not giving up on things that are important to you.
I made notes of the principles so I can revisit them often and bring myself back to a space of ease and getting things done.
I like the title very much. It sums up the theory of the book well, and is approachable to readers of various backgrounds. You don’t need to be a parent to appreciate the many tips and genius ways of handling things that the author offers.
The main idea is setting priorities. It sounds quite simple, but sometimes it is easy to lose track of the important things and “rules” in life. The author’s tone is friendly, the writing is clear and easy to read. This is a good reminder of how to tackle life in a lazier, easier way.
(I received a free review copy from NetGalley.)
This book changed my life! With two kids, a busy work life this book helped me to decide one and then not worry about it in the future! It has helped me to return my clutter at home and find more me time!
"The Lazy Genius Way" is a great read with ideas for making seismic changes by starting with simply baby steps. The questions Adachi poses made me rethink how I plan (or don't plan) a day or week ahead and I will be using the questions to make smarter decisions to make my life easier. Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
If you follow any momstagram or momtok accounts, you're already familiar with Kendra's philosophy. I think this, as with all self-help books, is probably the closest that I will ever get to something that works for me. I am neither lazy nor a genius, but I still struggle to reconcile how to highlight the parts of me that are genius and to eliminate the parts that are decidedly lazy. In all of my ADHDness, I struggle with analysis paralysis. Deciding what really is important to me is like asking me to pick a favorite child. Impossible. The same is true with all of the things that I am supposed to be doing. While Kendra's ideas don't work 100% for me, nothing will ever fit that bill. I think there are some sound takeaways and thoughtful moments--especially if you are new to the Lazy Genius pod-o-sphere!
This is an excellent book to add to the self-help genre. It's realistic and truly helpful. Of course, not every tip or suggestion will work for every person, but it is packed full of great information. I loved getting to know a bit more about the author through her examples where she's learned from her mistakes. The format of the book is easy to read and easy to skip around to parts that might be most helpful to you when re-reading in the future. Kendra also has a Lazy Genius podcast that I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys this book. The Lazy Genius Way is a book I will recommend to friends and family for all stages of life. It's one I will revisit many times in the future as well. Highly recommend!