Emma Seppala, Ph.D. on e-mail:
Someone brilliant once said emails are “someone else’s to do list for you.” Right they are.You can either let your inbox dictate your life or you can dictate the life of your inbox. The state of your day depends on the state of your mind. Here’s what I mean. If the first thing you do in the morning is read your email and let yourself be jolted around by the demands and stresses it awakens in you, then you are letting it dictate your life and well-being.
The most valuable resources you have are your time and attention. In our connected world competition for each of them is fierce. Busy does not equal productive but in a world of 24×7 connection and notifications it’s easy to confuse the two.
One of the most important parts of any practice is a way to protect yourself from siphoning your energy into unproductive areas. For me meditation has been a powerful tool in managing attention. Just as our phones and computers beep, vibrate, and otherwise grab our mental and physical attention, meditation helps me practice letting go.
What you let in to your life is what occupies your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. One of the most important parts of a creative practice is being able to decide what to let into your world.