One of the first things we learn as children is that friction creates heat. We can't articulate the concept but we know that when we quickly slide a bare foot on a wooden or cement floor our foot burns..at worst we end up with a "strawberry" or injury that bleeds.
Engineers try to design devices so that movement creates as little friction as possible. Friction creates wear and heat that causes deterioration and breakdown.
It's not a bad idea to look at your workday every once in awhile and ask, "Where's the friction?" Is it caused by people, processes, decisions and/or habits? In our workdays friction causes stress and stress slows us down. If we can lessen or alleviate the friction our workday goes more smoothly.
Now, let's be honest (and here's a novel concept) everyone wants a stress-free, path-of-least-resistance day...and life. It's only natural. And it's true that none of us have those things...except for dead people.
But, if you can identify stress over which you have some control, and you can do something about it, your life gets better.
So, what stress can you lessen to make for a smoother ride?