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Being a person is hard, and The Lazy Genius Podcast is here to help you be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't. From laundry to cooking chicken to making new friends, Kendra is here to welcome you into an easier way.
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The energy around cooking this summer is a bit of a situation. So we’re going to talk about how you think about your meals, cook them, and eat them through the lens of how you might eat on vacation. If you’re going on vacation and have to feed your people, this episode will obviously be very helpful to you. Helpful Companion Links - Check out The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link) if you’d like to read more about how I use Lazy Genius principles every day. - The Summer Meal Formula, a list of summer meals that are easy-ish to make - And here’s the 21-meal dinner queue that I leaned on heavily last summer - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Obviously, summer reading is a big thing for a lot of people, and if you’re new around here, reading is one of my favorite things on the planet. Today though, I want to talk about something more specific. I want us to create a summer reading club. A reading club is a group of readers (and if you read the book, you are a reader, friend) talking about what they individually have been reading. Stuff Mentioned - My first guest appearance on What Should I Read Next? and my latest appearance on it. - How I track my reading using Trello - My favorite books from the last decade - Check out The Lazy Genius Facebook group if FB groups are your thing - Grab the book club guide for The Lazy Genius Way - Get a copy of The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link) to get ahold of all the Lazy Genius principles mentioned in this episode. - My favorite social platform on the interwebs is Instagram. You can follow me there @thelazygenius. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A House Rule is something that could keep that first domino from teetering and knocking over everything else. All of us have different kinds of summers, and all of us likely experience different modes and priorities, again, within the same summer. House Rules can really help give a little steadiness to that if you want it. Helpful Companion Links - Check out The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link) if you’d like to read more about how I use Lazy Genius principles every day. - Here’s the crowdsourced post on Instagram if you’d like more ideas. - Instagram is where I hang out the most online, so I’d love for you to join me over there @thelazygenius. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I want us to plan a summer day without turning into robots or without leaving literally everything to chance where we’re playing it cool on the outside because we’re cool and spontaneous and we go with the flow and on the inside we’re literally screaming in terror because going with the flow forever and always is just as stressful as planning every minute. Helpful Companion Links - Check out The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link) if you’d like to read more about how I use Lazy Genius principles every day. - Check out a podcast flight on Time Management episodes on Spotify. Or listen to The Lazy Genius Plans a Day here. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s here, you guys, it’s here! This is such a highly requested topic, and I think now that we’re about to go into summer, we could use some perspective on how to approach this ever-present topic. So I have three perspectives and then a few ideas for house rules when it comes to your kids and screen time. Helpful Companion Links - Check out The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link) if you’d like to read more about how I use Lazy Genius principles every day. - Here’s the episode on chores for kids from a few years ago. - Instagram is where I hang out the most online, so I’d love for you to join me over there @thelazygenius. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Clutter is a real thing. It feels like there’s never a clear spot to put anything down, and I think it’s safe to say that when surfaces are reasonably clear, your home feels cleaner and more welcoming even if it’s dirty. So today, I am going to share the ten principles of keeping your surfaces clear. Helpful Companion Links - Check out The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link) if you’d like to read more about how I use Lazy Genius principles every day. - Instagram is where I hang out the most online, so I’d love for you to join me over there @thelazygenius. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Lazy Genius Podcast is not an interview-style show, so when I invite a guest on, I make sure they are a Lazy Genius at what they do. I’m thrilled to introduce you to Rachel Rodgers, a former attorney and current founder and operator of Hello Seven, who’s here to talk to us about a new way to think about money. Helpful Companion Links - Find Rachel on Instagram and learn more about her book We Should All Be Millionaires here. - Here’s an older episode about budgets  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today, I want to help you essentialize your phone apps. In this episode, we’re going to specifically apply the Lazy Genius principle of essentializing to your phone apps to that you can go from being overwhelmed or annoyed or distracted by your apps to having them serve you in a way that matters. Stuff Mentioned - Find all of the Lazy Genius principles in my book, The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link). - If you’re looking for a resource about adult screentime, there’s an episode for that. Listen to it here. - Essentialism by Greg McKeown (p.s. he has a new book out called Effortless!) - Instagram is where I hang out the most online, so I’d love for you to join me over there @thelazygenius. - Our Lazy Genius of the Week is Liz Wienke with her reminder to decide once and batch it. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I get asked about the origin story of this business a lot, especially when I do our Ask Me Anything sessions on Sunday nights on Instagram. I get a lot of questions like “how did you get started, where did the name come from, what made you decide to make a podcast, did you have jobs before this,” so let’s talk about what shaped the Lazy Genius into what it is today! Helpful Companion Links - Check out The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link) if you’d like to read more about my life and how I use Lazy Genius principles every day. - Instagram is where I hang out the most online, so I’d love for you to join me over there @thelazygenius. - This week only (April 25-May1), I’m opening the doors to Camp21 for the summer. Find out more details here. - Our Lazy Genius of the Week is Mary Chris Richard with her reminder to live in the season you’re in. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s April, and we’re entering Teacher Appreciation Week soon. Then it’s Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and the end of school. And pandemic guidelines are loosening, people are planning weddings and baby showers. Then, of course, there are birthdays and holidays and all the regular things. We have many opportunities to buy gifts for people, and it can be overwhelming. So today we’re going to Lazy Genius gift-giving. Helpful Companion Links - Listen to the original Lazy Genius episode on buying gifts here. Also, here’s a holiday-centric episode on being happy with the gifts you give. - I get my kids’ teachers Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith as my Decide Once teacher gift. - I use Trello for reading and for keeping up with many things in my life. - Our Lazy Genius of the Week is Brittany Jenkins with her self-care habit. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
First things first, you do not have to be planning a wedding to find this episode relevant. This is one of our Lazy Genius Brain episodes where we practice applying Lazy Genius principles to a specific area, even if it isn’t personally applicable. Think of it as getting your reps in how to think like a Lazy Genius. And if you are planning a wedding, well you are in luck. It’s a win for everybody. Helpful Companion Links - Find all of the Lazy Genius principles in my book, The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link). - Instagram is where I hang out the most online, so I’d love for you to join me over there @thelazygenius. - Our Lazy Genius of the Week is Andrea Buck with her Decide Once gift wish list habit. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We all have bad days and for different reasons. There’s something about being inside a bad day that feels like there’s no way out. You kind of just have to wait until the next day and start over. But if your bad day is living its best (or worst) life by breakfast, maybe waiting until tomorrow’s fresh start is not the ideal solution. None of us want bad days, but all of us have them. So let's Lazy Genius how to rally a bad day. Helpful Companion Links - Get a copy of The Lazy Genius Way (or request it from your library!) to learn all about the LG principles. - Our Lazy Genius of the Week is Chelsea K. Stanley with her Decide Once Chickfila reward points system. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I love sharing lists like this and also encouraging you to make and share your own. We are still in it after a very long year, and paying attention to the things that bring us joy, make things easier, make us more ourselves, those things deserve a spotlight. Stuff Mentioned - The Ginger Smoothie recipe I shared on Instagram. I’m @thelazygenius, by the way. - You can listen to the episode about my skincare routine here that’s a couple years old, or you can hop on the list to receive the Latest Lazy Letter and read about what I’m using now later this week. - The Lazy Genius Asks For Help (spoiler alert: you don’t have to be in crisis to ask for help) - The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk (affiliate link) - Winter Sun, Calling Spring, and Breezy Instrumental (or just follow me on Spotify if you want) - The Lazy Sisters Podcast on Patreon - Share Your Stuff, I’ll Go First by Laura Tremaine (affiliate link) - If you haven’t read it yet, pick up a copy of The Lazy Genius Way at your favorite bookseller or your local library. - Our Lazy Genius of the Week is Wendy Toops-Lauer with her Decide Once Pannukakku Sundays. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I want to revisit the concept of a morning routine, especially in light of still living kind of in a pandemic, and give you one question you can ask yourself - just one - as you think about how your current morning routine is serving you or not. I’ll also share my own current morning routine and its evolution over the last few years. Helpful Companion Links - The Lazy Genius Morning Routine from 2018 - The Universal Path to Life-Giving Routine (the original blog post that offers the foundation for any routine) - My conversation with Erin Moon about morning routines was the most downloaded episode of 2020. Listen to it here. - Instagram is where I hang out the most online, so I’d love for you to join me over there @thelazygenius. - If you haven’t read it yet, pick up a copy of The Lazy Genius Way at your favorite bookseller or your local library. - Our Lazy Genius of the Week is Danielle Barham with her reminder to clear your counters before picking up your groceries. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s finally here — an episode about moving! Good golly, I’ve been getting asked to Lazy Genius moving at least once a week for the last two years. But before you scroll away because you aren’t planning a move, I want to tell you that I apply every single Lazy Genius principle to moving in this episode so you can see how to LG your own thing in real-time. Stuff Mentioned - Find all of the Lazy Genius principles in my book, The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link). - Follow along on Instagram @thelazygenius to provide feedback on this episode setup. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Two hundred episodes is a lot, and it’s likely you haven’t listened to every single one. Or maybe you have but it’s been a while and you need a brush-up. Whatever it is, I went through the entire archive and hand-picked the 20 episodes that will absolutely have the biggest broadest impact on your regular life. Helpful Companion Links - Get The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link) and have all 13 principles on hand at a moment’s notice. - Episode #17: The Lazy Genius Cleans the House and episode #60: The Lazy Genius Cleaning Routine - Episode #19: The Lazy Genius Gets Dressed - Episode #21: The Lazy Genius Does Laundry - Episode #32: The Lazy Genius Cleans the Kitchen - Episode #34: The Lazy Genius Organizes a Home - Episode #37: The Lazy Genius Budgets (Pro tip - check out Chelsea Brennan over at the Smart Money Mamas, too) - Episode #40: The Lazy Genius Navigates Family Tension - Episode #48: The Lazy Genius and Time Management - Episode #51: The Lazy Genius Cleans the Bathroom (Pro tip - follow @gocleanco on Instagram) - Episode #76 - The Lazy Genius Meal Plan - Episode #77: The Lazy Genius Rests - Episode #80: The Lazy Genius Daily Act of Kindness - Episode #91: The Lazy Genius Organizes Paper - Episode #119: Plan Your Opening Ceremony - Episode #124: The Lazy Genius Weekly Plan - Episode #142: Living Without Food Rules - Episode #143: Your Body Is Not Flawed - Episode #160: Wear Makeup Like a Lazy Genius - Episode #196: How to Lazy Genius Adult Screen Time - Episode #198: How to Lazy Genius Your To-Do List - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Most of you live in the United States, many of you have kids, all of us are living in varying degrees of isolation still because of the pandemic, and all the things. Yet we still have to eat, we still keep making dinner. But it feels like it’s getting harder and harder, right? Let’s try and give a couple of solutions here.  Helpful Companion Links - Bri McKoy is a delight and a magician in the kitchen. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
People have always had stuff to do, but let’s think about it. Our culture and lives have evolved to such a point where if we don’t write down what we have to do, we will in fact forget. Today, we will talk practically about how one can manage one’s to-do list, but I have a couple of bigger picture thoughts, too. Stuff Mentioned - Don’t know your list-making personality? I got you. Listen to episode #173. - Here’s an episode from last year on how a Lazy Genius plans a day. - And here are some words on time management from the archives if you’re interested. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s a heavy topic, I know, but I want to give some language and space around this thing that many people in the Christian faith are struggling with right now. And who better to help us with this than Erin Moon, the resident Bible scholar on The Bible Binge. Helpful Companion Links - If you missed our conversation about Erin’s morning routine last summer, you can listen to it here. - Learn more about Erin’s Lent Guide here. (And you can get 15% off using code LAZY)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I love my iPhone. I love my apps. I love Instagram. I love it all! And because we love it, we’re on it a lot, and while that is not a universally bad thing, you might desire a better relationship with your smartphone. There are no universal rules or truths or any of it when it comes how you use your phone. You get to decide what matters. You get to decide how to do your own screen time, and I’m going to share some Lazy Genius principles that you can apply to make your phone enhance your life the way that you want it to. Helpful Companion Links - Order a copy of The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link) - My IGTV on how to make time for what matters or you can find all the Lazy Genius Instagram things here @thelazygenius - Download a transcript of this episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Shal Loftin

hi

Jun 2nd
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K. Smith

I disagree about no foods being negative.

Mar 6th
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Jasmine Underland

first of all, I love you! Your book is "saving my life right now". I just need to tell you that Thai food does not in fact involve peanuts. Americanized Thai food does, but not authentic Thai food. My husband is 1/2 Thai and this is how I know. 😁

Jan 14th
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Nic

so helpful, thank you Kendra! completely new way of thinking about goal setting, I love this!!

Nov 29th
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Timilyn Renee-Towers Downey

Well said, Kendra. Thanks for being willing to talk about what matters and for reminding us all to be human.

Nov 2nd
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Genevieve S

The first episode I checked out was Routines. I am now going to binge listen. As I do the insane work of motherhood in this insane time, this is really going to help.

Aug 30th
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Jennie Kaderabek

when a new episode comes out, it's on top of my listen list. make your life easier, your way.

Jul 24th
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heidi miller

I'm kinda laughing here... welcome to the homeschool Mama's world.

Apr 27th
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Sam Yeagle

What about the bugs??

Apr 3rd
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Whitney Ivanoff

Be specific! I love this, y'all 💕 ☺

Mar 25th
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Whitney Ivanoff

Badly needed this today. Thank you! 💕

Mar 23rd
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Kalaila O'Neill

Routine is not about what you are doing but where you are heading 😊

Sep 16th
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Jodi Skrip Horsley

So funny!! I save Garnet Hill too but never actually take the time to go through it. LOL

Mar 28th
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Cheri

Love it!💙 Kendra always amazes me with her life changing tips and hacks. This podcast is to the point and fun to listen to.

Feb 24th
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Debi Zahn

Kendra, this is quite possibly your most genius episode yet!!! It never occurred to me that I could change my pantry based on the need for a giant vat of hot chocolate mix!!!! Love it!!

Nov 26th
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Barbara Bryon Wisdom

this was great! thank you

Nov 13th
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Debi Zahn

Such a great episode! And the last minute made me laugh so hard! Love it!

Nov 5th
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Lupita Juan

música normal

Sep 3rd
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Rebecca Hinson Beck

Such a great episode! The tips on Lazy Genius are spot on!!

Jul 26th
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Krystal Bickel

I love your podcast! You are so funny and have great tips!

Feb 8th
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