The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi | WaterBrook & Multnomah {Book Review}

Kendra Adachi

The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi


Book Summary:

The chorus of “shoulds” is loud. You should enjoy the moment, dream big, have it all, get up before the sun, track your water consumption, go on date nights, and be the best. Or maybe you should ignore what people think, live on dry shampoo, be a negligent PTA mom, have a dirty house, and claim your hot mess like a badge of honor.

It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the mixed messages of what it means to live well.

Kendra Adachi, the creator of the Lazy Genius movement, invites you to live well by your own definition and equips you to be a genius about what matters and lazy about what doesn’t. Everything from your morning routine to napping without guilt falls into place with Kendra’s thirteen Lazy Genius principles, including:

– Decide once
– Start small
– Ask the Magic Question
– Go in the right order
– Schedule rest

Discover a better way to approach your relationships, work, and piles of mail. Be who you are without the complication of everyone else’s “shoulds.” Do what matters, skip the rest, and be a person again.

Publication Date:

August 11th, 2020


Self-Help/Time Management

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The Lazy Genius

My Review:

Life has changed so dramatically during these last six months and if you are feeling like you are struggling to find your footing like me, I think you will find this book to be an incredibly helpful resource. It’s practical advice that makes room for what matters most and optimizing the things that have to get done along the way.

 I love a self-help book that is encouraging and relatable and Kendra Adachi does both so well. I have been a longtime listener of her podcast The Lazy Genius, whose’s motto is simple but life-changing: “Be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t.”

{You can listen to the first chapter of The Lazy Genius Way on episode #169 of her Lazy Genius Podcast.}

Anyone who has attempted to be a fully functioning adult knows that doing everything and doing it well is an unattainable goal for most. Yet we still strive to perfect the glossy lives shown to us daily whether it is in our social media feeds or our observations in the daily life of the people surrounding us. This not only leaves you feeling like a failure but also makes you take on too much and not have the time or space for the things that matter most.


Enter Kendra Adachi’s Lazy Genius Way. Adachi walks the fine line of giving advice while also being aware that we all have different sets of challenges and goals. She shares systems that can help us no matter what our set of circumstances but doesn’t tell you what to do or how to do it like many books in this genre. Focusing on what matters in our own lives and creating systems to support them is her ultimate goal, and how refreshing is that?

Identifying What’s Important to YOU!

I love how she first helps you identify and name the things that are important to YOU. She then presents smart no-nonsense mindset shifts to put in place so we can approach everyday necessities with more thought, move through hard things without giving up, accomplish the things that are important to us, and then move on!

This book could not have come at a better time for me personally, and probably many, as we are all navigating this pandemic and “new normal.” Her recent episode #168 tackles How to Go Back to School and if you are in this stage of parenting life too, I highly recommend it.

Thank you to WaterBrook & Multnomah for the gifted copy. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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