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sweat the small stuff

To worry about minor issues or problems. Often used in the negative construction "don't sweat the small stuff." If you spend all your time sweating the small stuff, you're never going to get any meaningful work done. They keep telling me, "Don't sweat the small stuff," but I just know that the perfect font will set our literary magazine apart from all the entries in the contest.
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sweat the small stuff

worry about trivial things. US
See also: small, stuff, sweat
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Redman also discussed putting things into perspective and not "sweating the small stuff." Once you've been riddled with bullets, and survived, he said, things like heavy traffic, or long lines at coffee house are minor inconveniences.
Among her topics are the dementia train and not sweating the small stuff, children of people with younger onset dementia, care partners speaking out publicly about people with dementia, blogging and writing as interventions for dementia, and proof people with dementia can live beyond a diagnosis of dementia.
Birches resident Marge Wolf, for example, has learned to keep stress levels low by staying positive and not sweating the small stuff, she says.
He's taught me to stop sweating the small stuff and that most of the stuff I sweat is small.
It is up to each one of us, every day, to set the right example, by not sweating the small stuff, and speaking up and taking action when real injustice rears its head.