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The Lazy Genius Way

Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn't, and Get Stuff Done

Kendra Adachi

About The Lazy Genius Way

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Being a Lazy Genius isn't about doing more or doing less. It’s about doing what matters to you.
 
“I could not be more excited about this book.”—Jenna Fischer, actor and cohost of Office Ladies podcast
 

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.

Praise

“As a longtime fan of The Lazy Genius Podcast, I could not be more excited about this book. Kendra has a gift for asking questions that helps you prioritize the parts of your life that really matter and let go of the parts that don’t. She doesn’t preach or pressure; she inquires and encourages. As she admits, it’s not easy to manage the seemingly constant demands of running a house, planning meals, hosting relatives, and creating and maintaining holiday traditions, all while finding time for your own work and self-care. But Kendra makes it all a lot easier!”—Jenna Fischer, actor, author of The Actor’s Life, and cohost of the Office Ladies podcast

“Kendra has a heart for infusing the mundane and practical with a profound sacredness. Frankly, it’s infuriating how she manages to be effortlessly instructional, inspirational, and hilarious all at the same time, but the world is such a better place for it. I’ve never been more thankful for someone’s voice.”—Knox McCoy, author of All Things Reconsidered

“If you’ve been taught that nothing good comes from being lazy, get ready to let Kendra change your mind and life forever. Spoiler: laziness is the powerful tool that frees you to be a genius where it really matters. I wish I had this eye-opening book twenty years ago.”—Myquillyn Smith, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Cozy Minimalist Home

The Lazy Genius Way is a recipe for creating a generous, less stressed domestic life. Kendra’s suggestions for thoughtful routines in place of rigid rules will leave the reader feeling settled and prepared for the changing rhythms of both family life and personal growth. Also, she is what experts refer to as a hoot.”—Gina Smith and S. D. Smith, author of The Green Ember series

“I always followed the lazy path when it came to my home. The results of that approach were not surprising—trash bins stuffed with take-out boxes, moldy laundry in the washer, and so much chaos. But Kendra Adachi offers a better way. The Lazy Genius Way doesn’t mean you have to become a gourmet chef or start cleaning the baseboards with a toothbrush. Kendra will meet you in the middle. She offers easy steps that will have you marking off your list in record time without sacrificing every free moment you have. Kendra helps us make space for tasks and television. She finds time for us to solve problems and scroll Instagram. The Lazy Genius Way is the perfect way.”—Jamie Golden, cohost of The Popcast with Knox and Jamie

About Kendra Adachi

Kendra Adachi went to college to become a high school English teacher but instead became the Lazy Genius, passionately and candidly sharing how to stop doing it all for the sake of doing what matters. Her work includes hosting The Lazy Genius Podcast, cooking dinner on Instagram, and convincing her three young kids that talking into the phone is Mommy’s job. She and her husband love raising their family in the same North Carolina city they both grew up in.

Product Details

240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Aug 11, 2020

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 12

Sneak Peek

Read the first few chapters of The Lazy Genius Way. Being a Lazy Genius isn't about doing more or doing less. It’s about doing what matters to you.   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.

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NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Popular Podcaster Kendra Adachi is Here to Help You Be A Genius About the Things That Matter and Lazy About the Things That Don’t Learn Genius Ways to Approach Relationships, Work, and Piles of Mail Without the Complication of Everyone Else’s “Shoulds”   

“If you’ve been taught that nothing good comes from being lazy, get ready to let Kendra change your mind and life forever. Spoiler: laziness is the powerful tool that frees you to be a genius where it really matters. I wish I had this eye-opening book twenty years ago.” —Myquillyn Smith, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Cozy Minimalist Home

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kendra Adachi has listened to everyone from her neighbors to social media about what a meaningful life looks like, how she should parent, and how she can be the best at everything if she’d only try a little (or a lot) harder. Listening to both the well-intentioned and the critics (mommy-shamers included) can be exhausting. But what if women decided to quit trying so hard for everyone else’s sake and instead took the Lazy Genius approach?
 
In THE LAZY GENIUS WAY: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t, and Get Stuff Done (8/11/20, WaterBrook), Adachi demonstrates that it’s not about doing more or doing less; it’s about doing what matters to you. With wit and hard-earned wisdom, the founder of The Lazy Genius Collective and host of The Lazy Genius Podcast invites women to live well by their own definition as she equips them to be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t.
 
“Whether you’re home with tiny humans, pursuing the corner office, lonely, busy, or bored; this book will help you name what matters, ditch what doesn’t, and Lazy Genius a life full of both productivity and peace,” states Adachi.
 
Adachi presents thirteen Lazy Genius principles that are not only full of efficiency and perspective but also heart. A few of these include:

  Decide once

o   Limit your decision by making certain choices once and then never again.
o   You can decide once in any area, including giving gifts, getting dressed, doing laundry, cleaning the house, and creating traditions.  Start small
o   Not caring and caring too much both leave you stuck; small steps get you unstuck.
o   Small steps are easy; easy steps are sustainable; sustainable steps go somewhere.
  Ask the magic question
o   Ask, “What can I do now to make life easier later?”
o   Tend to what’s necessary before it becomes urgent.
  Be kind to yourself
o   You are your own friend. You’re worthy of kindness, especially from yourself.
o   Practice a daily act of kindness for who you are in this moment and lovingly accept her wit.
 
As readers add these tools to their “virtual Swiss Army knives,” they’ll find that they can lazy genius anything with both efficiency and soul—from their relationships and time to their work and endless piles of laundry.
 
“Stop trying so hard, friend,” writes Adachi. “You’re tired because you’re trying to overcome the world, but we can take heart because the God of the universe has already done that...(He’s) not a God who gets a laugh watching you drown in the deep end of life as you try to manage schedules and chores and ridiculous expectations. The indwelling Christ is with you, and you can just be. Hear this now, friend: You are loved. You are seen. You are enough.”
 
Adachi’s relatability, humor, and concrete tips are to thank for the 4.5 million downloads of her podcast, 500k annual visitors to her website, and 54k followers of her Instagram. Her faithful followers, as well as women seeking balance and simplicity in their lives, will love this smart and soulful resource that equips them to be who they already are, just with a better set of tools.

For more information, visit www.waterbrookmultnomah.com or http://www.thelazygeniuscollective.com/.  
Instagram: @thelazygenius 54k Followers Facebook: @thelazygeniuscollective

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