WHY SIMPLIFYING DOESN'T WORK
It's the most common solution to feeling overwhelmed: simplify. Do less, have less, get on Instagram less. Cut down on commitments, outsource, and say no. But also give back to the community, join a book club, and grow heirloom tomatoes. Make your own baby food, run an impressive side hustle, and go on a regular date night with your spouse if you expect your marriage to survive. How is that simple? In my experience, marriage, entrepreneurship, and gardening are all super complicated.
For Christians, the concept of a simple life can feel even more muddled. Jesus was homeless, had twelve friends, and depended on the kindness of others for a meal and a bed. His life focused on a singular goal, and everything else was straight- forward. But a little further back in the Bible, we find the (very misunderstood) Proverbs 31 woman who gets up before the sun, sews bed linens for her family, plants vineyards, and has strong arms.
Will someone please tell me what I'm supposed to care about so I can just live my life?
And that's why simplification is anything but simple. No single voice can tell us how to live. Even within the biblical message of "love God and love people" lie a million possibilities of how that could look practically.
We need a filter that allows us to craft a life focusing only on what matters to us, not on what everyone else says should matter.
My friend, welcome to the Lazy Genius Way.
HOW TO READ THIS BOOK
Here's your new mantra: be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't... to you.
As life circumstances change, needs and priorities follow suit. This book is designed to be a helpful reference through all those transitions, giving you language and tools to make room for what matters.
Each chapter highlights a Lazy Genius principle, with ideas to implement it immediately. One principle on its own will have a tangible impact, but as you apply each to your daily life, you'll see how the thirteen principles can harmoniously create personalized solutions to your problems and illuminate the ones that don't matter so much.
You can quickly scan these pages for concrete steps and helpful lists and, when you have time, read more deeply as you create space to become your truest self. I encourage you to grab this book whenever you hit a wall in your routine, when a transition is looming, or when you feel the weight of busyness. You'll learn better ways to do laundry, finish projects, and get dinner on the table. Praise! But beyond the practical, you'll learn to embrace a life that offers space for success and struggle, energy and exhaustion, clean houses and crappy meals. It all counts because it's all yours.
Whether you're home with tiny humans, pursuing the corner office, lonely, busy, or bored, this book will help you name what matters, ditch what doesn't, and Lazy Genius a life full of both productivity and peace.
Let's get started.