This month I will be exploring ways to reduce effort and simultaneously increase effect, together yielding higher efficiency (since efficiency = effect / effort).
The first point when learning a technique is that when it isn't working, don't just apply more force. This is just adding extra effort (which we should be minimizing!). Instead, assume that something is amiss and vary it until it starts to work.
Conversely, when a technique is working reasonably well, can you reduce the amount of applied effort and achieve the same effect?