Are You Lazy or Genius?
—Review of "The Lazy Genius Way"

Do you ever think you are lazy? When there are certain tasks that I continually put off, I can accuse myself of laziness.

But maybe it’s just that those things don’t really matter to me?

In The Lazy Genius Way, Kendra Adachi shows us it’s okay to be “lazy” about the things that don’t matter.

And for the things that do matter? Find a way to be a genius.

“Telling yourself you’re better than someone is just as harmful as telling yourself you’re worse. . . .
Remember, it’s not all lazy or all genius. You get to choose.”

I love the simplicity and organization of this book. Kendra gives us 13 Lazy Genius Principles (along with a healthy dose of humor). She explains each principle and gives examples, then ends each chapter with a recap, plus “One Small Step.” (She knows how we are.)

For example, the Lazy Genius Principle #3 is “Ask the magic question.”

“The Magic Question, put simply, is this: What can I do now to make life easier later?

Kendra suggests we tend to the necessary before it becomes urgent. For her, the after-school schedule was chaotic. So to make life easier later, BEFORE she picks up her kids from school, she throws whatever food she has on a big plate and sets it on the kitchen table. When she arrives home later with her kids, there are no arguments about what to eat.

Another example is what to cook for supper. Even putting a pot of water on the stove in the early afternoon can make cooking spaghetti easier later in the day when you have a toddler on your hip and everyone is getting cranky.

Kendra uses the magic question for lots of areas.

  • What can I do now to make vacuuming the floor easier later?
    Have a 60-second family floor pickup and pull the vacuum out of the closet.
  • What can I do now to make writing my blog post easier later?
    Collect ideas in a voice memo and put the computer on the kitchen counter for when I’m ready to write.
  • What can I do now to make paying bills easier later?
    Have a basket specifically for time-sensitive mail, and set an alarm on my phone to remind me to go through it every two weeks.

The “One Small Step” for this principle is:

“What’s up next in your day? Ask yourself the Magic Question and see what happens.”

Here are all 13 of the principles.

  • DECIDE ONCE Lazy Genius Principle #1
  • START SMALL Lazy Genius Principle #2
  • ASK THE MAGIC QUESTION Lazy Genius Principle #3
  • LIVE IN THE SEASON Lazy Genius Principle #4
  • BUILD THE RIGHT ROUTINES Lazy Genius Principle #5
  • SET HOUSE RULES Lazy Genius Principle #6
  • PUT EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE Lazy Genius Principle #7
  • LET PEOPLE IN Lazy Genius Principle #8
  • BATCH IT Lazy Genius Principle #9
  • ESSENTIALIZE Lazy Genius Principle #10
  • GO IN THE RIGHT ORDER Lazy Genius Principle #11
  • SCHEDULE REST Lazy Genius Principle #12
  • BE KIND TO YOURSELF Lazy Genius Principle #13

I’ve read several books in this genre lately, but The Lazy Genius Way may be my favorite.

Never ever feel guilty about what matters to you. Name what matters to you. If it matters, it counts. . . .
Stop trying so hard, friend. Stop trying to build it big. 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. . . .
The indwelling Christ is with you, and now you can just be.”

Isn’t that refreshing?

Let go of the “shoulds” and live your life how God designed you to live it.


Do you see yourself more as lazy or genius? Which of the 13 principles do you need the most? The least? Share your thoughts in the comments.

My thanks to Net Galley, WaterBrook &
Multnomah for the review copy of this book

9 thoughts on “Are You Lazy or Genius?
—Review of "The Lazy Genius Way"

  1. blankLynn

    This does sound like a great book! Principle #5 and Principle #7 have been ones I’ve been implementing in my life and to help my mind be less cluttered so able to focus on the present. And also so important to not be ‘should-ing’ on ourselves! I will be adding this book to by list! Thank you.

  2. blankCalvonia

    This sounds like a very helpful book. I appreciate the point you shared. When my children were little I would set breakfast up at night. I set all our gear up at night. Checked the planner etc. Recently, I have tried to reestablish that principle. The principle that resonates with me most is Go In the Right Order. I tend to get distracted and do so many other things before I get back to what I’m supposed to be doing. I also find myself reading the back of the book first so to speak in many areas of my life. I’m going to have to read this one. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. blankNancy Ruegg

    Love the quote you chose to share at the end of your post, Lisa, about not trying so hard, that Christ is with us and we can just be. Such wise and wonderfully freeing advice. Thank you!

  4. blankLaurie

    Hmmm…so all these years while I thought I was being lazy, while actually, I am a genius? I love this book already! I especially love Lazy Genius Principle #1. ONCE!!!

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