May 19, 2021 | Podcast, The Living Room

059: The Lazy Genius Way with Kendra Adachi


 “You don’t need a new list of things to do, you need a new way to see!”

Do you feel overwhelmed by endless responsibilities and expectations?

In this episode, Kendra Adachi, shares tips for from her book, The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t, and Get Stuff Done. Weary from trying to be perfect and please everyone around her, Kendra realized that being all things to all people is not a sustainable way to live.  She discovered that experiencing a meaningful life is not about doing more or doing less, but doing what matters most to her.

If you are tired of trying to measure up, this is your invitation to rest in God and seek His will for your life, releasing all of the guilt and expectations that were never meant for you!

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Important Takeaways from Show

  • The Lazy Genius Way is choosing to be a genius about the things that matter most and allowing yourself to be lazy about the rest
  • We cannot be everything to everyone without facing exhaustion
  • No one else can decide what matters most for your life
  • What matters most to us can change in different seasons
  • Train yourself to ask: “what matters most in this situation?”
  • Trying to meet endless expectations or create a certain image causes us to miss true life
  • You do not have to be perfect or good at everything
  • It’s ok to let some things go
  • Magic question: “What can I do now to make life easier later?”
  • Not every area of your life deserves equal priority
  • Redefine what it means to be vulnerable and real (you don’t have to be a mess to be real)
  • Not every approach or system works for every person; the key is to discover what works for you
  • Being different than others should be normal
  • We are always in a learning process and it is ok to make mistakes
  • Take everything to your gracious Heavenly Father who wants to help you discern what is most important
  • Admit when you mess up, receive forgiveness and let go of the guilt

"The Lazy Genius Way: 1. Decide once 2. Start small 3. Live in your season 4. Schedule rest 5. Be kind to yourself." - Kendra Adachi - The Living Room Podcast, Ep 059

Top Tips for Living The Lazy Genius Way

  1. Decide Once – Limit your decision making by making certain choices once and then never again
    (e.g. Monday uniform, kid’s birthday gifts)
  2. Start Small – Don’t get overwhelmed by trying to do everything, instead pick one thing to do
  3. Live in Your Season – Release the guilt from not doing things that are not meant for this season
  4. Schedule Rest – Discover what makes you feel like yourself, and find ways to experience those things on a regular basis
  5. Be Kind to Yourself – You are your own friend


Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

Matthew 11:28-30

Links from Show

BOOK: The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t, and Get Stuff Done

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