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?
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.
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.
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
Spending the time to learn something so that it takes less time and eliminates mistakes and disorganization.
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.