Best of Both Worlds podcast: Lazy Genius principles with Kendra Adachi

I know a lot of Best of Both Worlds listeners love The Lazy Genius, Kendra Adachi! And it makes sense. We all want to be geniuses about what we care about…and lazy about everything else.

In this week’s episode of BOBW, I interview Kendra about some of my favorite Lazy Genius principles. How can we “Decide Once?” What does it mean to “Start Small”…and what has Kendra started small on? What exactly is the “Magic Question?”

We discuss our caveat to the Magic Question (it’s mostly magic but there are limits). Then Kendra shares her recent experience of being quarantined as Covid ripped through the whole family (they’re all doing fine now). She learned a lot about herself — such as the importance of articulating exactly how she was weak under stress. We should all identify how we’re weak under stress. It can help us not alienate everyone around us.

Please give the episode a listen! And check out The Lazy Genius podcast, and Kendra’s book, The Lazy Genius Way. She also has a new book, The Lazy Genius Kitchen, coming out this spring, so be sure to follow her on Instagram so you’ll be the first to get your copy.

Also: Last call for October’s BOBW online meet-up! Patreon community members can join us tonight (10/26) at 8 p.m. eastern on Zoom for our discussion of all things childcare. So if you’d like to participate, please join today!

5 thoughts on “Best of Both Worlds podcast: Lazy Genius principles with Kendra Adachi

  1. In the spirit of this episode I would encourage the woman who submitted the question to think about her fellow trainees creatively. I also had very small children in medical training. It mattered to me to be home on Christmas morning if I could be. Throughout my training though I never asked for Christmas off. I always volunteered to be on call in New Years Eve. Many of my co-residents were not so interested in being off on Christmas but they did want to go out on New Years. I was a new mom, I wasn’t going out on New Years whether I was on call or not. I worked in the medical ICU every New Years Eve of my residency, but I was never in the hospital on Christmas day. This doesn’t always work, but often if you go in offering to do something no one else is excited to do you can get the time that is more important to you as a parent.

    1. @Gillian – great tip! In general it can be helpful to trade off (formally or informally) with colleagues for coverage where that can be helpful. For instance if you work with someone whose kids are in a different district with different days off (or a private school with different days off) you can make sure you’re providing coverage for each other on those days you’d each like to have available. What gets problematic is when everyone’s kids are in the same school…(though as a manager one could then see this and decide maybe not to set a big deadline in the middle of spring break if at all possible…)

  2. Sarah, Kenda and Laura all in one episode! I was so excited for all my favorites to be in one place! THANK YOU FOR THIS INTERVIEW!

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