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Thursday, March 5

✔ Passion, routines and entrepreneurship - Productive! Magazine 26 interview with Evan Carmichael

Evan Carmichael tells us how he stays positive and highly productive every day. Learn about his morning routines, weekly calendar and looking for a real passion. Find out what his goal for 2015 is as well!

Read more in Productive! Magazine: http://ProductiveMag.com/26

Question: What do you do in the morning to stay positive and energetic for the rest of your day?

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Monday, March 2

✔ Nozbe story - interview with me for "Stories of the best Polish apps"

This is an interview that I granted at the end of 2014. It was published on Spidersweb.pl - one of the most popular Polish tech-blogs platform. It was a part o a series on Polish apps used internationally authored by Hubert Taler. If you want to dig deeper about my story, check out my Interview about Nozbe and my "about" page on this blog and my recent blog post about our 8th anniversary.

Story of Nozbe

1. Were the Nozbe apps and web service launched at the same time? Which platform did you focus on at first?

Nozbe is not just an app - it's a whole suite of productivity apps for time, tasks and projects management. Apart from the web access, we offer apps for Mac, Windows, Linux, Android… and of course for the iOS platform, meaning iPhones and iPads. When I launched Nozbe in 2007 iPhone had just been presented by Apple. I didn't realize, at the time, how much the world was going to change and thus I thought that Nozbe would be a web app forever...

Even Apple's point of view seemed quite similar - at the very beginning it was only possible to build iPhone web apps, not native ones. I remember it very well - they started selling iPhone in the US in June 2007 and I decided to quickly develop a simple "web app" for iPhones which I called "iNozbe". I made it together with my customers - as I lived in Poland I couldn't even touch the real iPhone... I wrote the code for the first version within a week and I released it for testing. The users who owned iPhones reported how the things were and I would fix the bugs and update the app. My zeal was finally appreciated by the industry in September 2007 and I was invited as a speaker to the Office 2.0 conference to San Francisco. It was then when I got my first iPhone and a chance to see how my app works on it. And there's more...

Friday, February 27

✔ It's all about passion! - Logout [part 1]

Note: This is the 24th excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity).

I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your feedback, questions and your passion-related stories in the comments. Thank you for your passion!

"It's all about passion!" - The 7 types of passion I discovered over 7 years of running my productivity startup

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Find your passions

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs

What are you passionate about?

Money, status, cars, luxury items... are cool to have, but they don't inspire people. Passion inspires people. Passion attracts people. In this materialistic world we're living in, passion is what sets us apart and it's what we all need. That's why it's so important to be passionate about something. It's so crucial to really find your passion and now it's your turn to discover your 7 (or more) types of passion.

It's all about passion!

I've been running my own company for more than 10 years now. I've failed several times at first to finally succeed with my productivity application because I followed my passion. I first discovered it and later followed it all the way.

Over 7+ years of running Nozbe, I discovered all these types of passion that drive me today. Hopefully this book will inspire you to find your calling, your passions and your drive... and I assure you, you'll live a fantastic life, just like the one mentioned in this quote:

Thursday, February 26

✔ 3 changeS with a capital "S" to my blog: SSL, Sliwinski.com and a Star "★"

One of the main goals this year for me is to make this blog my main platform for publishing my productivity-related content for you. Given that now I'm the CEO of two companies (Nozbe and Remag) and still the editor in chief of Productive! Magazine, it's not like I have more time... but I do have more to say and I want to serve you - my readers - better. And I want to communicate with you and be in touch with you better. That's why as of today I'm introducing three new exciting changes to my blog... and they all start with an "S", ssso here goes:

Changes to my blog - HTTPS

The short version:

  1. My entire web site will now be served to you through encrypted SSL connection.
  2. I'm shortening my domain from "MichaelSliwinski.com" to just "Sliwinski.com"
  3. And I'm introducing a new type of posts, marked with a "★" star.

Why all these changes? Read on for more details:

Wednesday, February 25

★ My milestones in Alpha Efficiency Magazine

Apart from my Productive! Magazine there are other productivity magazines out there which are also doing a fantastic job of inspiring us to live up to our potential. One such magazine is Alpha Efficiency Magazine. And in the last issue they did an interview with me on my "milestones", here's what I had to say:

Me on the cover of Alpha Efficiency

They asked me about my last year's milestones - and I said:

"Wow, this year was about milestones for me and my team. The two that stand out are: the launch of Nozbe 2.0 - a complete rewrite of all of our Nozbe apps - something every sane business person tells you NOT to do. We made the decision a year and a half ago. We wanted Nozbe to be a truly mobile-first platform with mobile apps being as powerful as their desktop counterparts. The other objective was to re-think how Nozbe works and how it makes people more productive..."

"My personal milestone was my complete body makeover: losing 20 lbs, completing my first triathlon, doing more than 2000 miles of running and biking combined this year. Wow, this was a good year!"

Read more in the latest issue of the Alpha Efficiency Magazine

sent from my iPhone 6 Plus

Sunday, February 22

★ Oscars tonight: I'm rooting for my high-school buddy's documentary: Our curse

I'm a film buff so I'm always interested in Oscars, aka Academy Awards. Tonight is special though - it's personal - for the first time I'm really rooting for a film, and it's a short documentary by my high-school buddy, Tomasz Sliwinski, about his and his wife's struggle raising a child cursed with a very rare disease: “Our Curse” (Polish: “Nasza Klatwa”). Here's why I'm so excited about an award for this film:

our curse on imdb

As a parent...

I've been following Leo's story (son of Tomasz) after he was born. It's so unfair to have a child born with a disease, let alone such a rare one. It's the parents' worst nightmare and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Yet Tomasz and his wife have been “cursed” with such a situation and they're fighting bravely for their son to have as “normal” a childhood as possible. They are amazing. Wow.

As a friend...

Although we're not related, Tomasz and I share the same family name. We went to the same high school to parallel classes. Because of the common last name we would laugh we were “brothers” :-) After high school we haven't seen each other much but we connected on Facebook a few years back and this is how I got to know his son's story. I didn't realize he was filming it... So I'm very happy and grateful that his and his wife's struggle resulted in such a success and now his work is nominated for an Oscar. Good luck Tom! You've earned it!

The film is available online and you can watch it on New York Times web site

sent from my iPhone 6 Plus

Friday, February 20

✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 7: Synergies [part 3]

Note: This is the 23rd excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity).

I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your feedback, questions and your passion-related stories in the comments. Thank you for your passion!

"It's all about passion!" - The 7 types of passion I discovered over 7 years of running my productivity startup

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Passion 7: Synergies [Part 3]

"Creating and conveying a vision relies on passion. If a vision doesn’t engage people emotionally, it won’t be a powerful motivator…" - Stever Robbins, podcaster as “The Get-It-Done Guy”

Even the "big fish" will talk to you

This struck me on one of my trips to Japan. My application was gaining traction there and I wanted to visit this country to get to know the people, meet my customers and make new friends. I didn't realize as much that these fantastic Japanese folks wanted to meet me as badly.

Tuesday, February 17

✔ It only takes 3 minutes to build a mobile app from a blog

Last week I announced I was going to launch my second startup this year: Remag - and we're launching today with this short video:

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This is just the beginning. We're committed to helping bloggers from all around the world take their blogs to a whole new level on mobile with their own apps. Let me know what you think about this idea!

Question: did you ever want your own app on the AppStore? Would Remag be something for you?

Saturday, February 14

✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 7: Synergies [part 2]

Note: This is the 22nd excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity).

I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your feedback, questions and your passion-related stories in the comments. Thank you for your passion!

"It's all about passion!" - The 7 types of passion I discovered over 7 years of running my productivity startup

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Passion 7: Synergies [Part 2]

"Go ahead and be original, because it’s the people with passion, guts, and daring that will win. Not just because going through life with passion and guts beats the alternative (which it does), but also because it's the only way to be successful. Today, the one sure way to fail is to be boring. Your one chance for success is to be remarkable." - Seth Godin, author, blogger

Meet the crazy

I work from home. I love my work. I'm passionate about it and every now and then I need to share my passion and make sure I'm not the only weird and crazy out there. Everyone needs this kind of validation and a little bit of social support. And as mentioned earlier - if you're passionate about something, you want to share it.

That's why when I moved to a new city I started searching for meet-ups of people who are alike. Of people who'd share my passion and who'd understand me. I needed a reason to leave my home office and spend some time with folks as weird as me. I found and attended these kinds of meet-ups. And I had a blast each time.

Thursday, February 12

✔ Why I'm starting Remag? To reinvent digital mobile publishing!

It is a very exciting time for me. Very soon, together with my team we're launching my second startup - Remag - to revolutionize digital mobile publishing. In this blog post I'll try to explain why I'm doing this... and why now... and what it's all about...

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A short history lesson before we start: I set up my first consulting company back in 2003, I launched Nozbe in 2007 and I've been running it for more than 8 years now. To promote productivity in 2008 I launched Productive! Magazine as a semi-regular PDF digital magazine... which in 2013/2014 I re-launched as a regular mobile magazine with apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android. I started blogging in 2009. I love working on Nozbe and I love working on the magazine... and I have passion in me for both productivity and digital publishing... and out of this second passion Remag was born.

Tuesday, February 10

★ Getting stuff done in Poland: Productive! Magazine PL 10 with Paul Nowak

As a Polish guy I'm really proud of the Polish edition of the Productive! Magazine which in terms of traffic and downloads is approaching quickly the global version. In the last issue I had a pleasure of interviewing a friend and a fellow entrepreneur: Paweł Nowak, CEO of Presspad:

Productive! Magazine Polska no. 10

Productive! Magazine Polska no. 10

I was lucky enough to be able to interview Paul in person and have a great chat about entrepreneurship, startups and productivity of a serial founder. Hope you'll enjoy this issue which apart from reading online you can also enjoy on your iPhone or iPad or Android. As always, it's completely free and will inspire you to get things done!

Question: How do you like the Polish edition of our productivity magazine?

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Tuesday, February 10

★ Productive! Magazine in Spanish gets an issue 2!

I'm so happy that the Productive! Magazine family is growing. If you speak Spanish you will want to read this one. Thanks to the joint effort of my friends: Augusto Pinaud and Josep María Martínez we've got a second issue of the:

Productive! Magazine Español with Ruben Alzola

Productive! Magazine Español

Free magazine, but the quality is there!

Apart from the interview there are 10 fantastic articles by the best Spanish speaking productivity experts there, so everyone should be able to find something for themselves :-)

As always, our magazine is a very modern publication - you can read it online and also get a free iPhone/iPad app or read on Android.

The cool thing about the Spanish edition is that my two friends picked up the rhythm and scheduled it to be a bi-monthly publication with close to 30 confirmed contributors for the future articles! The future of the Spanish speaking productivity space looks very promising!

Question: Do you read our magazine? What do you like about it?

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Friday, February 6

✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 7: Synergies [part 1]

Note: This is the 21st excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity).

I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your feedback, questions and your passion-related stories in the comments. Thank you for your passion!

"It's all about passion!" - The 7 types of passion I discovered over 7 years of running my productivity startup

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Passion 7: Synergies [Part 1]

"I would rather die of passion than of boredom" - Vincent van Gogh, painter

Passionate people attract passionate people

No. This chapter is not about being attracted to an opposite sex and falling with them in a passionate love. It's about sharing your passion with others and how your passion attracts and inspires other passionate people.

People who are passionate about something want to share their passion with others. This gives them great energy to be passionate even more. And the best of all is if they share their passion with someone who's also passionate about something. Anything. These can be totally different passions. It doesn't matter. Where there is passion involved, there is love and love is all we need and are supposed to share, right?

Wednesday, February 4

✔ New Year’s resolutions vs. goals - intro to Productive! Magazine #26

This is my Editor's Note from Productive! Magazine No.26 with Evan Carmichael. In this issue of our magazine, you'll find some exclusive advice on how to get up early, change the way you think and talk in order to improve your productivity and stay positive all day.

Productive! Mag 26

Yes, perhaps everybody knows already that New Year's resolutions are just another reason for frustration, desperation and disappointment. Even the greatest productivity gurus wouldn't be able to force themselves to deal with the fears, bad habits and defense mechanisms that they have been fostering carefully for many years now. In order to introduce a meaningful and lasting change in life, one needs to desire it and be sure that it is definitely going to be a change for the better. Thus, instead of the usual half-hearted resolutions, many people have decided to create goals for the new year. And I am one of them. :)

Tuesday, February 3

✔ Nozbe celebrates 8 years in business! Going stronger than ever!

Last Sunday, February 1, my company: Nozbe celebrated 8 years of being in business. Wow. This is like 80 years in the "before Internet" era... A web-based app I launched back in 2007 (the year of the first iPhone) is now a thriving business with apps for all the major platforms... and a team of 19 and growing... and 2015 is going to be our best year ever!

Nozbe is Gr8

In 2014 we launched Nozbe 2.0 and trial accounts!

As I described in my last year's post, we were supposed to launch Nozbe 2.0 in Spring of 2014... well it took us a lot more time, we launched in the Fall of 2014 together with new Nozbe PRO plan. Both were a gamble for our company... here's why: