Recently I've been saying 'I don't care' a lot. A whole bunch. Many many times.
But, I care about stuff. I can't point out when I started saying it more, but I've noticed it's gotten to be quite frequent.
When do I say it though?
Well, I've been saying it to try and ensure that work gets done, I've said I don't care who does the work, just that it get's done, I don't care who has made a mistake, as long as it's acknowledged and fixed. I made a point of saying I don't care the reasons people need time off in my department as long as requests are filled out correctly.
I use it as not that I don't care about something, more so that I care about other outcomes, and people shouldn't worry about things being wrong, but they should focus on making sure they're correct because I do care about outputs, and things in the way can be seen as inconsequential.
Of course, even the things I say I don't care about I do care about, I care because then I can work on fixing any issues, solving any problems, but most likely at the time I'm being told something, the whole picture hasn't come to light, so it doesn't serve anyone well to dwell on it at that point in time.
Anyway, have an excellent day! You're all my favourites!