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Jocelyn K. Glei’s Five Essential Tools for Killing Email Overload

If you’ve seen this segment of my blog before, you know that I invite guest bloggers to share their five essential books on a particular subject. What I love about Jocelyn K. Glei is that she has put her own spin on this, one that is just so aligned with her passion — getting rid of the overwhelm of daily life so we can concentrate on finding more meaning and creativity in our lives. Jocelyn’s latest book is Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distraction, and Get Real Work Done. In this guest post she shares her fave apps and tools for killing email overload. (You can follow Jocelyn on Twitter @jkglei.)

EasilyDo Mail

This killer free email app lets you snooze messages with one swipe; intuitively groups your travel, packages, bills and receipts and shares key info in the message preview; and, best of all, makes it dead simple to unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters without ever leaving your inbox. Learn more at


Scheduling appointments in particular is a huge time suck when it comes to back-and-forth emails. Calendly allows you to share your available meeting times to colleagues and let them book an appointment without ever having to email you back. Visit for more info.

Email on Deck

This nifty service provides free temporary email addresses that look real but are not. This is ideal for when you need to submit an email address in order to gain access to something but you don’t actually want to subscribe to yet another email newsletter. Get more details at

If an endless stream of promotional emails plagues you, try It scans your inbox for subscription emails and then allows you to unsubscribe en masse or have them rolled into one single daily digest email. Learn more at

Inbox Pause

If you don’t have it already, download Inbox Pause immediately. This browser extension for Gmail allows you to pause your incoming mail so that you’re not distracted by new messages flowing in while you’re still trying to process the mail you already have. Check out

Meet Jocelyn K. Glei

jocelyn-gleiJocelyn K. Glei is a writer who’s obsessed with how we can find more creativity and meaning in our daily work. Her latest book,  Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distraction, and Get Real Work Done, is a modern guide to taming inbox overload and avoiding distraction so that we can spend more time on the work that really matters. It shows readers how to break free from email (and social media) addiction, build healthier work habits and prioritize their creative goals on a daily basis.

Her previous books, Manage Your Day-to-Day, Maximize Your Potential and Make Your Mark, have sold over 250,000 copies to curious creatives worldwide. She is the founding editor of and the former director of the 99U Conference. She lives in Los Angeles and online at


Twitter: @jkglei
Instagram: @jkglei

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