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The Magic Question is what can I do now to make something easier later? The smaller the something, the easier the solution. When you ask the magic question, you usually get a pretty quick win. When you get in the habit of asking that question and then noticing how even the simplest answers can positively impact your day and your time and your energy and your attitude, you want to keep asking! It’s a great question.Helpful Companion LinksCheck out my two books: The Lazy Genius Way and The Lazy Genius KitchenBest of Both Worlds with Laura VanderkamFind me on Instagram @thelazygeniusEpisode #258: The Seven Kinds of Rest and How to Know Which One You NeedDownload a transcript of this episode See for privacy and opt-out information.
 In my book that released last week, The Lazy Genius Kitchen, I shared something kind of revolutionary. A cooking formula that could change how you approach recipes forever. It’s called The Liquid Index, and it is your recipe decoder. It’s kind of a big deal, big enough that I want to spend an entire episode on it today. Helpful Companion LinksBuy The Lazy Genius Kitchen wherever books are sold!Watch The Lazy Genius Kitchen mini-series here. Andy’s episode airs on Tuesday!Instagram post about making two completely different meals with the same ingredientsDownload a transcript of this episode See for privacy and opt-out information.
Last week I shared part one of The Lazy Genius Kitchen where I teach the five steps, and today I want to apply those five steps to a few specific areas of the kitchen, just like I do in part two of the book! Now today, I’m not using any material from part two of the book; I’m not repeating what’s in there. What I am doing is taking specific problems that you all have and applying the five Lazy Genius steps to those problems to see if we can find some solutions.Helpful Companion LinksListen to Episode #259: 5 Steps to Lazy Genius AnythingGet your copy of The Lazy Genius Kitchen (out this week!) Watch The Lazy Genius Kitchen mini seriesDownload a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Today, we are just about one week out from the release of my second book, The Lazy Genius Kitchen, and in that book, I share five steps to Lazy Genius anything in your kitchen, but those five steps can work for anything in your life.Helpful Companion LinksYou can still preorder The Lazy Genius Kitchen and get a free recipe ebook when you let us know! Order it here then let us know about it here.Catch the latest episode of The Lazy Genius Kitchen video series here. New episodes air every Tuesday at 2 pm ET.Download a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Zibby Owens joins me for this bonus episode where we talk about what can be helpful and enhance our lives as moms who read. Even if you’re not a mom, this episode has practical tips to make time for things that matter to you.Helpful Companion LinksFind Zibby online and on InstagramAnd check out her podcasts (that share a network with me! We love Acast!) See for privacy and opt-out information.
Rest itself is such a needed thing for all of us. After all, a Lazy Genius principle is to schedule rest, mostly because we just let it happen and it never does. But I have also been paying a lot of attention to the different kinds of rest and why certain kinds don’t always land for us. Or why we take the time to rest but still feel unfilled after. A conversation around the nuance of rest is desperately needed, especially when a lot of us are working with less margin than we ever have before. So let’s dive in.Helpful Companion LinksThis episode covers principles from my first book, The Lazy Genius Way. You can get a copy here.The Popcast with Knox and JamieEpisode 257: The Lazy Genius Guide to Work-Life BalanceWatch The Lazy Genius Kitchen Video Series hereDownload a transcript of this episode See for privacy and opt-out information.
There is not a magical formula that achieves the perfect balance between life and work. There’s just not. You’re not missing something. You’re not the lone person trying to solve problems that everyone else has figured out. There’s so much to do, so much to manage, and you also want to rest and hang out with friends and do hobbies and have fun! So today I want to share some thoughts about how to live when you work all the time.Helpful Companion LinksThis episode covers principles from my first book, The Lazy Genius Way. You can get a copy here.The Lazy Genius Kitchen comes out May 3. Preorder today and get a fun companion recipe ebook as a bonus. Details here.Listen to the whole playlist of specific episodes mentioned here on Spotify.Download a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
We are very good at talking about productive things, domestic things, hard being-a-person things, but we don’t often talk about specifically fun things. The busier we are, the more humans we interact with and care for, the more we don’t deal with the mounting pressure of what it means to be a person in this world right now, we don’t leave a lot of room for fun. And I want us to actually systemize it today. I want us to Lazy Genius fun and for you to figure out how to add more fun to your life on purpose.Helpful Companion LinksDetails about our upcoming Pub Crawl events in Chicago, DC and Greensboro.Bonus episode with my sister HannahEmily P. Freeman on InstagramGet to Work Book by Elise Blaha CripeDownload a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
This episode is one of those rare ones that I’m like - wait, did we not do that yet? It’s so desperately essential to living like a Lazy Genius, and I’ve never actually done an episode or spent a length of time talking about how to do this, how to name what matters. Because y’all ask often how to do this. It feels like everything could matter, and it’s hard to have a rhythm for figuring it out in your own life. So that’s what we’re going to do today!Helpful Companion LinksThe Lazy Genius Kitchen is almost here! And we’re hosting a Pub(lication) Crawl to celebrate. Get more details about our events in Chicago, DC, and Greensboro here.We talk about principles a lot in this episode. You can read all about them in The Lazy Genius Way.Download a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
I don’t have a lot of time, you probably don’t either, and even if you do, most of us don’t necessarily want to spend all of it doing chores. Some chores you might like, some are therapeutic and calming and give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose, and that’s fantastic. But I think it’s always good to evaluate what we’re doing every day, what we’re not doing every day, and what matters most.Helpful Companion LinksExplore all 13 Lazy Genius principles in my first book The Lazy Genius Way.Episode #225: The Shoe EpisodeEpisode #91: The Lazy Genius Organizes PaperPreorder my newest book The Lazy Genius Kitchen (out May 3!) and get a ticket to the first Pub Crawl event by letting us know you preordered here.Download a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
A note from Kendra: In this conversation, Kate and I exchange a joke about going to prison for someone we love, and I have since been shown the harm that reaction causes people in communities affected by disproportionate and unfair policing. For that, I am genuinely sorry. Thank you for graciously leaving space for all of us to continue to learn and do better in our work of allyship.Kate Bowler is here! If you’ve been around here for a while, you know we don’t have many guest interviews as regular episodes on this show. But today is a special day! Kate joins me to talk about ways to give yourself permission, life advice that we wish we could retire, and what she does when living in a hard season.Helpful Companion LinksFind Kate online and on InstagramCheck out her three books: Good Enough, No Cure for Being Human, and Everything Happens for a Reason See for privacy and opt-out information.
Surprise! We’re experimenting with where The Lazy Sisters Podcast lives. Today, you’re getting a bonus episode from Hannah and me. We’re sister speed dating, so you can get to know each of us a little better. See for privacy and opt-out information.
We’re always on the hunt for new recipes, right? We want variety and beautiful meals, and we think that repetition is somehow a sign of laziness in the kitchen. It’s not. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for new recipes. We all have different approaches to them, and today I’m going to share mine. Helpful Companion LinksBrainless Crowdpleasers 101Mad Hungry by Lucinda Scala QuinnHope’s Table by Hope HelmuthAarti Paarti by Aarti Sequiera Made in India by Meera SodhaFood sites I trust: Budget Bytes, Damn Delicious, and Our Savory LifeSome Pub(lication) Crawl tickets are still available! Check it out here.Download a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
This kind of episode is one of my favorites to put together. Barbara Brown Taylor coined the phrase “what’s saving my life right now,” and I love the idea of thinking beyond favorites and splurges to find what’s grounding us and making us feel like ourselves. Stuff MentionedPreorder The Lazy Genius Kitchen and get access to a fun Internet party on March 22! Details here.Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Night SerumEpisode #196: How to Lazy Genius Adult Screen TimeMoleskine Pro Weekly Vertical Diary // Pilot G2 0.38 pens // Mildliner highlightersOlive & June x The Lazy Genius // Lazy Genius Polish QuizYou’re invited to The Lazy Genius Kitchen Pub(lication) CrawlGet on the Lazy Genius VIP List to receive the next Latest Lazy Letter (out on Wednesday)Download a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
 In this 250th episode, I’m going to tell you how I make this podcast. I asked y’all on Instagram what you wanted to know about the behind-the-scenes stuff of the Lazy Genius space, and a lot of it was podcast related. I’ll answer most of what you asked in today’s episode. Later in the spring, we’ll do a broader business episode in case that interests you, too.Helpful Companion LinksPreorder The Lazy Genius Kitchen (out May 3rd!) and claim preorder bonuses here!Check out the three Lazy Genius shades of Olive & June nail polish (and take the new quiz!)Get on the Latest Lazy Letter mailing listDownload a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
You might have heard that all the copies of my next book, The Lazy Genius Kitchen, were on a boat that had a rough day and lost some of its cargo. Today I want to share the story of my drowning book but more importantly how Lazy Genius principles have saved us during such a strange, frustrating time.Helpful Companion LinksThe first run of The Lazy Genius Kitchen may be underwater, but that means you have more time to preorder it!Download a transcript of the episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Airports and airplanes have a lot about them that’s the worst, but flying is also part of life for a lot of people so why not Lazy Genius it? I’m going to share my start to finish air travel process and how I apply Lazy Genius principles to it. Hopefully, you get some ideas on how to make air travel easier, too.Helpful Companion LinksEpisode 248: The Lazy Genius Guide to Easier TravelOwala water bottle (only use the Free Sip version on a plane, trust me)Cord carrierVuori joggersDownload a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
This episode is heavy on the practicality, y’all. There are so many decisions we make when we travel, and I want to give you just a slew of ways you can apply one of the most popular of the 13 Lazy Genius principles - decide once - to your travel. I hope this is an episode that you’ll come back to before you take your next trip whether it’s a family vacation, a work trip, a surprise visit to see a relative, or wherever your life takes you.Helpful Companion LinksCheck out all 13 Lazy Genius principles in The Lazy Genius Way, or, if you already have it, preorder The Lazy Genius Kitchen (out May 3!)Episode 210: How to Lazy Genius Kids’ Screen TimeThe Instagram post where my friend Elizabeth talks about monitoring Episode 165: The Lazy Genius Packs for a TripThe Instagram post about my monthly tear-off calendarAll the Best Days with Courtney ClevelandThe Traveling Child with Monet HambrickLocal Passport Family with Preethi HarbuckDownload a transcript of this episode See for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s not spring, y’all, I know. Tomorrow is the first day of February and that is decidedly winter. However, the whole point of the Magic Question - what can I do now to make something easier later? Which is a Lazy Genius principle - is to think ahead just a little bit. We’re going to do that today with spring cleaning.Helpful Companion LinksPreorder The Lazy Genius Kitchen and get surprise preorder bonuses every month until release day!Episode 240: How to Plan a Personal RetreatEpisode 195: Creating Your Own Holiday When There’s Nothing to Look Forward ToEpisode 72: The Lazy Genius Hosts a Book SwapChange Your Life Shawarma Grab a copy of The Lazy Genius WayThe Clean SlateEpisode 196: How to Lazy Genius Adult Screen TimeEpisode 208: Essentializing Your Phone AppsEpisode 210: How to Lazy Genius Your Kids’ Screen TimeDownload a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
We all have time, we all have expectations about how we want it emptied or filled, and we have a lot of hard, busy, stressful days that we need to manage so we don’t lose our minds. It’s a front-burner challenge pretty much all the time. Today I want to go a bit higher level and share some essential mindsets or mantras that will impact your time management no matter what your time looks like. I have said all of these in fits and starts in different places, but this is your episode to have all of your time management mindsets in one place.Helpful Companion LinksEpisode: 177: The Lazy Genius Plans a DayEpisode 198: How to Lazy Genius Your To-Do ListEpisode 238: How to Get Stuff Done When You Don’t Feel Like ItEpisode 127: The Lazy Genius Chooses a PlannerJoin me over on Instagram @thelazygenius for more Lazy Genius lifeLaundry episodes: 21: The Lazy Genius Does Laundry and 113: The Lazy Genius Does Laundry UpdatedEpisodes 235: When You Disagree on What MattersDownload a transcript of this episode. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Comments (27)


New listener, 6 years late! At 14:58, you said Nick Flora was the first person you’re interviewing for the podcast - I’m just curious if this was recorded before the first episode that you had your best friend on? Or is it a matter of format, or that she was a close friend and Nick isn’t? (I can’t help noticing the discrepancy.)

May 4th


So happy about hearing Hannah!! Yay!!!

Apr 1st

Beth Sabat

I've had a similar experience picking up a car internationally, so my genius husband bought me a charging block that I always travel with to prevent not being able to charge my phone, so calamity averted. also when traveling internationally you need to know how to change the settings on the car's GPS (if you are fortunate to get) so you can understand the language. lastly, for international travel, Google translate is your best friend! love your ideas and tips! BTW my daughter lives in Winston-Salem as well.

Feb 12th

Emilie Lancour

once a year I take out all of the clothes that are to the left of a yellow neon hanger. I move the hanger then to the right of all of my clothes that are still in my closet As I wash and wear things throughout the year they end up on the right side of the hanger. I know at the end of that year I have gone through holidays celebrations seasons and everything and if I have not worn something in a year it gets donated to a friend. if something is worn but not dirty enough to put in the laundry basket I hang it on a hanger and then put the hanger in my closet backwards so I know the next time I take it out that it needs to go in the laundry.

Jan 31st

Death Doula

I'm a stacker of books. 💯

Nov 5th

Death Doula

Self-care defined as things that make you feel like yourself. ❣️

Nov 5th

Shal Loftin


Jun 2nd

K. Smith

I disagree about no foods being negative.

Mar 6th

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


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

Nov 29th

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

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

Jennie Kaderabek

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

Jul 24th

heidi miller

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

Apr 27th

Sam Yeagle

What about the bugs??

Apr 3rd

Whitney Ivanoff

Be specific! I love this, y'all 💕 ☺

Mar 25th

Whitney Ivanoff

Badly needed this today. Thank you! 💕

Mar 23rd

Kalaila O'Neill

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

Sep 16th

Jodi Skrip Horsley

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

Mar 28th


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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