In life, there are two ways of doing things: the hard way and the easy way. Since the latter is often mistaken for laziness, we tend to to avoid it altogether to appear more productive, even when it's actually not doing us any favors. To better explain why, Achal Aggarwal, co-founder of Kinesis.io shares with Lifehacker the following anecdote:
Someone recently told me a story about their daughter. This is how it goes:
Let's call her 'S'. When she was 11 months old she had not started walking or even crawling for that matter. Everyone was a little worried. They thought of playing a game. They made 'S' sit on one side of a jute mat and placed her favorite toy on the other end. They started calling her name out so she would crawl to the toy to get it.
Guess what she did? She just pulled the mat and got hold of her toy.
So how do you decide if the best solution is one that requires the least effort? Basically, if you can get the same results by doing less, go for it.