Occasionally, I get concerned about the things that are going on around me. Regardless if they are personal local, such as an interpersonal relationship, or if they are happening on a global scale -- such as the upcoming election.
I'm not certain if there is a pattern which holds true for all of these experiences, but I have a suspicion that the things which irritate me on a larger scale are only reflections of things that I am frustrated about within my own life.
The theory would be then that for as many situations as possible, it would be more useful for me to focus on areas of my life that I can control -- such as my own actions and behaviors.
Leaving the other things to work themselves out reduces my cognitive load, and helps me to free up more space to do more effective work for myself.
Alternatively, I could just make myself sick thinking about everything that is not under my sphere of influence, and never accomplish anything I set out to do.
The theory that the macrocosm and the microcosm are reflexively related, means that the more responsible I am for my own sphere of influence -- the microcosm, -- the better things will get within the macrocosm as well.
There's no evidence to support this claim, but if it fails, I suppose I will feel better having tried.
Here is the data for today: I need to really get on the client work or I'm not going to make my goal. Interesting thing about that is that if I don't get my client work done on time, then it prevents me from moving forward -- which means that the other metrics don't matter unless the minimum is taken care of first.