Music to Play When You Want to Get Focused

Music to Play When You Want to Get Focused

There are a handful of albums that I listen to obsessively when I want to get focused on creative work. Below, you'll find the ones that have gotten the most play, organized into calm, atmospheric music and high-energy, upbeat music. Calm, Atmospheric Music: From...

read more
Habits Are Statements About the Past, and the Past Is Gone

Habits Are Statements About the Past, and the Past Is Gone

It’s a red flag for me when someone says, “I always like to say…” and then offers some piece of advice. It makes me wonder if they’ve stopped examining their beliefs, if active thinking has been transformed into passive habit of mind. Over the past few years, I’ve...

read more
Quick, Easy-to-Finish Tasks Build Momentum in the Morning

Quick, Easy-to-Finish Tasks Build Momentum in the Morning

People are obsessed with morning routines. What was Ben Franklin thinking about when he started his day at 5am? How does Stephen King get into the rhythm for writing? What question did Steve Jobs look in the mirror and ask himself every morning? (Apparently, it was:...

read more
Happiness Is a Choice

Happiness Is a Choice

George Saunders wrote a beautiful piece for Esquire over a decade ago called “The Incredible Buddha Boy” about a young man in Nepal who has been meditating, without eating or drinking, for seven months. On the plane to Nepal, Saunders himself starts to meditate on our...

read more

About Me



Jocelyn K. Glei (@jkglei) helps people find more creativity and meaning in their daily work.
Read more →

My Weekly Newsletter

Get smart, actionable ideas on how to find more creativity and meaning in your daily work:

My New Podcast


Hurry Slowly is a new podcast about how you can be more productive and creative by slowing down.
Learn more →

Send this to a friend