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Jocelyn K. Glei

I’m a writer who’s obsessed with how we can find more creativity and meaning in our daily work.

My latest book, Unsubscribe (publishing in Oct 2016), is a modern guide to getting rid of email anxiety, avoiding distraction, and spending more time on the work that matters. My previous books include Manage Your Day-to-Day, Maximize Your Potential, and Make Your Mark, which offer pragmatic, actionable advice for creatives on managing their time, their careers, and their businesses.

Previously, I was the Founding Editor and Director of the 99U, where I led the brand in its mission to provide the missing curriculum on making ideas happen. I spearheaded editorial for the Webby award-winning website and led the curation of the popular 99U Conference, which has presented talks from creatives including Stefan Sagmeister, Brené Brown, Jonathan Adler, John Maeda, Paula Scher, Joe Gebbia, Gretchen Rubin, Jason Fried, Paola Antonelli, and many more.

My books and writing have been featured in outlets including TIME, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Quartz, SELF, Communication Arts, and Brain Pickings. I currently live and work in sunny Los Angeles. If you’d like to stay in touch, please sign up for my newsletter.

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You can find me on Twitter and in the emails. I do try to follow my own productivity advice, so expect reasonable, but not instantaneous, response times.

Twitter: @jkglei
Instagram: @jkglei
Email: hello [at]

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A few of my favorite conversations:

Farming the Fields of Creativity —Communication Arts

On Creativity, Happiness & Meaningful Work —Curious Minds

What Does It Mean to Be A Creative Today? —LA Examiner

On Finding the Through-Line in Your Career —Accidental Creative


Check out my CreativeMornings talk on “Working Smarter in the Age of Distraction” below. If you’re interested in having me speak at your event, drop me a line at hello [at]


If you require an image of me for press purposes, I have a few different formats and smile levels available. View and download headshots.


Photographer credit for all images is: Jonny Marlow.