Work Annoyance List – Part B
During Week 3 you created a Work Annoyance List with 10 items on it. Then you marked each item on the list with a C if you could control it, or a U if you can’t control it. Pull out that list – if you didn’t do it create one now and re-read the original post.
We’re focusing on annoyances again because they change. When we ignore the things that annoy us we think they don’t matter. But ignored things sit in our subconscious causing us to feel drained, irritable, and even mad. Ignoring something doesn’t make it go away—instead our feelings about it just get expressed sideways.
For example, if we’re annoyed because we’re late for an appointment, but we don’t own our part in being late, we’ll express that anger sideways. We might find ourselves yelling and blaming inevitable rush hour traffic, instead of acknowledging that we needed to get out of bed thirty minutes earlier.
If, in your original annoyance list. you placed a C by an item, did you do anything to clear up the annoyance? For example, if you had a messy desk or emails that needed to be cleaned out, have you done that? This week try to clear out as many C’s on your list as possible.
If you’ve already taken care of everything you can control, or if something on the list is no longer relative, then take a few moments to evaluate if anything new needs to be added to the list.
If items on your list have a U by them, meaning you can’t control the situation, then figure out the best way to release the annoyance so you can let it go. It doesn’t mean something isn’t annoying, but letting it annoy you simply drains your energy. When you feel drained it’s hard to focus on the things that do make you happy.
If you have nothing on your list, congratulations. Enjoy the happy!!!