The Tuesday back from a 3-day weekend is not very forgiving.
I suffered a minor annoyance early in my day (when I realized a document I worked on last week didn’t save, rendering an hour of my time useless) and my colleague was quick to provide me with a few nuggets of advice:
- Take a breath
- Let it go
- Move on
She didn’t actually list them off like that, though. Instead, they trickled out as I heaved mulitple sighs and SMH’d over the dumb occurrence.
The point is, it’s stupidly easy to let the little things weigh you down. I can spend hours obsessing over a weird, passing comment someone made to me. I probably would’ve spent my whole day stewing if I didn’t have a coworker gently tell me to get over it.
In practice, avoiding the small stuff that gets under your skin so easily is tough. But it’s a rewarding battle. There’s a sign hanging above my desk that reads “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
I think Tuesday won this time.