THE BASIC IDEA...
Our bodies generate energy, by far more than we need to get all that we want. If we expend that energy with no resistance or beliefs about it being "hard", we can spend the energy in a very smooth manner, with no stress at all! Life will feel effortless!
We just need to approach work and life in the right way, smartly, for it to be easy.
Without one's psychological "resistance", one can be free of the extra effort and feeling bad or burdened that we too often spend needlessly and which slows us down by "battling" ourselves! In nature, if we try to push something where we have lots of friction, it is hard. Release that friction, and it will go so easily, without effort, and smoothly!
ALL 'EFFORT' ACTUALLY IS
Conscious exertion of power
The total work [expended effort in terms of units of energy] done to achieve a particular end
There is no "hard" in the definition of effort. We add the idea of hard.
Is it 'hard' to spend the effort to do what you want to do, to get a result you want?
Is it "hard" to spend the effort in an enjoyable sport or hobby?
If is "seems" hard, that is only a seeming not a reality (it is your created reality, but not a true reality that exists on its own without you making it up). Essentially, you add a negative valence (awful, bad, etc.) to it, but needlessly and uselessly - it just creates unnecessary suffering, which ironically we are the creators of [now how stupid is that?!!!!?]. See this essential piece for happiness: The Positivity Ratio.
STOP BATTLING WITH REALITY
If we know what "reality" is and we accept it as is, we will spend no effort wishing it were different and feel no stress about it. We will be able to simply ask "What is so?" and then proclaim "So what?" and then go about directly to doing the next step after deciding "Now what?" (See Breakdowns Are Not So Bad - Sh-- Happens, So What?)
In the world, to get something to go from here to there, we need to expend time and effort and move through space and mass. If we expect things to happen as easily as in the imaginary, in-the-mind world, or the world of "shoulds", we will be constantly frustrated and upset. If we learn what reality is and how to accept it as just "what's so", life gets to be immensely, immensely easier.
LIFE IS EFFORTLESS
Life, in and of itself, with no additions made up in our mind, is "effortless". Obviously, one does expend effort but I mean that it is not "hard" to do that. It is simply taking the supply of energy and using it for something we want.
Indeed, if you affirmed clearly in your lower brain that "Life is effortless and there is more than enough time and energy to get all I want." You could add another affirmation: "If I learn and gain capabilities where I use my time better and better life will become easier and easier and better and better."
ESTIMATING HOW MUCH EFFORT
A big problem for a lot of people is that things take so long, so many mistakes are made, there seem to be lots of failures along the way and overall they take too long?
But amazingly enough they actually take as long as they take. Some fictional "should" is a silly thing to set up, as we can, almost always, only fail to achieve it. See
PLACES WHERE YOU MIGHT BETTER PUT YOUR EFFORT
If we spend the time to learn something so that it takes less time/effort and eliminates mistakes and disorganization, we will find ourselves making life easier and easier with less effort. And we can then spend that extra time and energy on something that has a greater positive effect, where we have "more" in life but seeming without any effort.
IS EFFORT THE PRICE WE HAVE TO PAY?
Yes, in a way.
But it is not some awful torture thing in and of itself. One could add that, but it would be unwise and harmful.
It really takes no effort to spend effort. It is just a supply thing - and we just want to get the most from the available supply of "effortmoney" (currency to buy a result). Our only cost then is that we cannot spend that effort elsewhere, which is called opportunity cost. But, then, this is why it is necessary to put effort into planning and prioritizing, so that we can prioritize what has the biggest payoff per amount of effort - which of course is the next thing we should do right after we've done our planning.