How is your life frittered away by detail?

"Our life is frittered away by detail," Thoreau contends. How is your life frittered away by detail? How many specific examples of such frittering details can you cite from your daily experience?

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"Frittered away by details,"................. I actually love that word! This refers to the time we spend focusing on nonsense and things that don't really matter; example, stressing out over homework and making it harder than it needs to be, busying ourselves with things that don't really need doing; example, my mother is famous for repeatedly cleaning her already clean house. What Walden is stating here is that life is short........... far too short to spend time worrying about things that don't need to be worried about.