Instead of Working Hard All Day, Work Nice and Easy

A few centuries ago, before the railroad, pioneers with covered wagons had to WORK HARD to get from New York to LA.  Between tending the horses, hunting for food, finding water, pioneers were exceedingly busy people.  (Did pioneers actually ever travel directly from New York to LA in covered wagons?  I have no idea.  We may be talking about hypothetical pioneers, but please work with me for the sake of this example.)

These pioneers could indeed say we are lazy for flying across the country instead of hitching horses to a covered wagon.  But we still gladly choose to fly across country in under six hours, instead of enduring months of hard, risky work in a covered wagon.  In choosing to book a flight instead of hitching-up horses, we are choosing to WORK NICE AND EASY.

I say we choose to “work nice and easy” instead of we choose to “work smart” because our pioneer friends were very smart.  They had to know how to tend horses, how to navigate a nation (without the aid of Google Maps) and how to survive (as in how to avoid being eaten by grizzly bears and the like).  Successfully accomplishing these tasks arguably took more skills than whipping out a boarding pass and walking down a jet bridge.  So the pioneers were working very smart but still very, very hard.

I’m thinking about the concept of WORKING NICE AND EASY because I’ve noticed that sometimes I’ve worked hard mostly to feel like I’m a hard worker.  I’ve worked hard at busy work.  I’ve worked hard at doing things very inefficiently.  Sometimes, I’ve even worked hard at doing things the “old fashion way,” as I avoided the technology that would make the job five times as fast.

This is all CRAZY!

Unless we simply want to engage in the activity of working very hard, why not do a little PRE-WORK before we actually work? Why not first spend some time choosing well-thought out work, work that has a high potential of being useful, work that gets us from point A to point B in a very efficient manner? 

Now I’m not suggesting we take short cuts that compromise the quality of our work.  Our planes still have to traverse the same distance as the pioneers’ covered wagons did.  To take a plane is not to take a short cut but simply to make wise use of the options available.

Taking a plane versus a covered wagon is a very dramatic and obvious example of the wonder of WORKING NICE AND EASY.

It can be very rewarding to discover both dramatic and far subtler ways of WORKING NICE AND EASY.

If you still desire to feel like you are working hard, you can even say to yourself (and other), “I’m working hard at WORKING NICE AND EASY.”

Have an amazing day of WORKING NICE AND EASY!

Game of the Day

What ways can you WORK NICE AND EASY at home?

What ways can you WORK NICE AND EASY when you are at work?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to


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