Here are some thoughts and three takeaways from the book, The Lazy Genius Way: embrace what matters, ditch what doesn’t, and get stuff done* by Kendra Adachi.
I had been a long time listener of Kendra Adachi’s podcast “The Lazy Genius” and so many of her episodes had changed the way I went about my planning and homemaking. So when she was coming out with her book in August 2020, The Lazy Genius Way, I preordered it right away.
If you’ve listened to Kendra, then you will hear Kendra’s voice as you read. It’s written very much like how she talks. If you haven’t listened to her, you may not be impressed with her writing. Still, the content is really good and I would recommend the book based on that.
For some reason, it took me two phases of reading to finish the book. I think that first time I started it, I wasn’t in a place of needing the information. The second time I was pulled in and finished it quickly.
Kendra lays out thirteen principles for living like a “lazy genius,” which means to “embrace what matters, ditch what doesn’t, and get stuff done.” I want to share three of these principles with you that shifted my mindset and the way I do things.
My first takeaway, which actually is the first principle in the book, is “Decide Once.” We all make so many decisions every day, there’s no reason to make certain ones over and over again when we can make the decision once and stick with that. This can be applied to so many things like what you wear on what day, what park you take the kids to when you have a chance, and what you order to eat when you go to a particular place.
One super silly way I’ve used this is with how much fruit my kids get. If we have cherries, they get five. If we have strawberries, they get three. I know I have to ration them since they could eat them all if I let them, and it was always an annoying, guilt driven decision to make when they’d say, “How much?” So now that I have set numbers, that’s just what I say and I don’t have to think about it.
The second, number nine in the book, is to “Batch It.” If deciding once is relieving decision making, this is relieving the work load of tasks. She gives examples of how to do this with laundry, cleaning the kitchen, dealing with paper, and more.
I use this a lot in the kitchen. For example, when I make a salad, I batch getting all the ingredients out of the refrigerator and put them all near my cutting board. Then I’ll go through them one by one slicing or chopping. Then I put them all back. I’m not getting out the lettuce, cutting it, putting it back, getting the carrots. No, one trip from the fridge, one trip to the fridge. Not only is it saving me time, more importantly, it saves me sanity and brain power. I have to think less and I my actions are not fragmented – they’re batched.
My third, number twelve in the book, is to “Schedule Rest.” We all know we need rest, and we all probably need more than we are willing to admit or commit to. But Kendra gives practical advice on this. My favorite is the suggestion to plan a day off seasonally, every three months or so. With as hard as we work and as busy as we are, it’s really not asking a lot. We just have to make sure to schedule it – then follow through. I still need to do this, but I haven’t forgotten about it.
If you’re looking for some ways to streamline your life and relieve yourself of the mental strain from you day to day activities, I recommend The Lazy Genius Way. So many lightbulbs will go off!
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