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Trying to solve the problem all at once is complicated, and usually too messy. When trying to solve something in one step, it’s easy to make mistakes or otherwise fail. It’s the nature of trying to figure out faster ways to perform tasks.

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As I was tutoring one of my students about algebra, I could see that he was struggling with making sense of the rules of how to manipulate equations in order to solve for a given variable. The equation involved fractions and like terms, and looked something like this:

\[\frac{3}{5}x+17=2x-\frac{1}{8}\]
Judgement comes in all the time, every day. There is no judgement “switch” in which you can flip on and off. Instead, there’s just judgement, all the time.

It’s easy to put a big effort in one day. Yes, it takes effort, but it’s not overly difficult. If you wanted, you could write for the whole day, or run for three hours, or practice a musical instrument. When it’s just one day, it’s no big deal, right?