Figuring that I could save a great deal of time and work, I asked the instructor of the course I took if I might have a copy of his course outline to use for my own class. I said to him, "I think it would be better if I used your course outline." His reply was, "no, it wouldn't be better; it would be easier." Somewhat embarrassed by what felt like a mild rebuke from a respected former professor and soon-to-be senior colleague, I thought long and hard about what he had said. Since that exchange, I have put many choices and decisions to the "easier or better" test to determine which one I might be using to guide my judgment.
An updated version of Easier or Better is included in my new book, Help Me!. More information, including the table of contents, reviews and purchasing information is available on the Help Me! page.