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Thursday, July 30

☆ How I use a project template to implement Pomodoro Technique and Unschedule Calendar every day [on: Nozbe blog]

One of the most popular posts on my site is the one I did on Pomodoro technique and Unschedule calendar so inspired by this on the Nozbe blog I wrote a pretty long post showing how I exactly I implement this every day using Nozbe. It's pretty easy when you're using one of the more advanced Nozbe features like project templates:

How I use a project template to implement Pomodoro Technique and Unschedule Calendar every day

"I created a new project in Nozbe called "Today" and filled it with tasks that describe each 30 minutes of my day. So first task is "6 - 6:30"..."

"Now every day in the morning I go to my "templates" in Nozbe and open the "Today template" and create a new project from this template with today's date..."

"I've found out that adding comments really helps. It's like a diary. It helps. When I have a lousy half an hour, I'd write it and try to make the next count. It helps me stay motivated and productive..."

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Wednesday, July 29

▷ The Podcast #7 - Too cool for an intro

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time it's a follow-up episode with comments from our listeners. It's a good one:

The latest episode of The Podcast

We talk about "crappy iPhones" with only 16GB of space. I follow up with more details on how we do "company reunions" where everyone works remotely just like we do at Nozbe. Lots of tips there!

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Tuesday, July 28

► Behind-the-scenes look of how we release Nozbe - Productive! Show #97

This episode is all about how we're doing software at Nozbe. I wanted to record this mostly for our users, showing you the complexity of our software as well as our commitment to regularly releasing a new and exciting version of our apps that is aligned with our vision. Plus a side note on version numbers :-)

Question: Anything else you'd like to know about releasing software?

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Monday, July 27

☆ Jeff Sanders interviews me and shares his Siri Nozbe trick [on: Nozbe blog]

On the Nozbe blog I just posted a video of Jeff Sanders interviewing me where he managed to get some really deep insider info from me about where my vision for Nozbe is going. Plus he shares his best productivity tricks so make sure to watch this video:

jeff sanders and me

...how he uses Nozbe for his content creation

...how he tricks Siri into adding tasks to Nozbe via email

...and many more behind-the-scenes details about Nozbe

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Friday, July 24

▷ The Podcast #6 - Unschedule Your Day

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk about how I use “unschedule” and “pomodoro” techniques:

The latest episode of The Podcast

Apart from true productivity tips regarding pomodoro and unschedule we also talk on apple watch and my new stand up desk. This episode starts slow but gets better with each minute passing. Check it out:

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Thursday, July 23

✔ Two apps on the iPad… How will iOS9 influence the "iPad Only" work?

As you know I'm a fan of working on iOS devices (currently these are mainly iPhone 6 Plus and, of course, my iPad Air 2), so when watching Apple's annual developers conference (WWDC) I was primarily interested in the future of these platforms. After several quarters of stagnating iPad sales, the company was facing an important question: how to breathe new life into the platform?

Note: The following article appeared first in the July'15 issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

iOS9 iPad

Because iPad is not suitable for real work...

One of the key issues in the debate on working on the iPad is that you can only run one app at a time. On the one hand, it's a huge plus. Maintaining concentration, which is a challenge for many people in modern times, is very important. Therefore, the ability to focus on one thing at a time without being distracted by other blinking windows is very helpful.

On the other hand, sometimes we do need to have two apps open at the same time!

Exactly, that's why Apple decided to introduce three new solutions in iOS9. I'm eagerly waiting for them as they'll let me boost my productivity on the iPad even more:

Wednesday, July 22

☆ Why and How to become an early riser - interview with Karol Zielinski [in Polish for: Productive! Mag Poland]

Another fine issue of our Productive! Magazine In Polish is out where I interview a friend and a CEO of PayLane through which we process payments at Nozbe. Check out these few quotes or read the entire issue on your iOS device or Android:

Karol Zielinski

"I hated waking up early but I wanted to make more time for business, writing and family..."

"I discovered that between 5-7 am I could get so much stuff done! What a change."

"The trick I use is to choose something very exciting for the morning. Something I can't wait to be doing. Just like a child who's expecting to play!"

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Tuesday, July 21

✔ Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown - (audio) book of the week

There are a lot of books I read, but only some of them I review on this blog and only few of them really are life-changing for me. Just like the original "Getting Things Done" book by David Allen was my initiation to better organization and also sparked a business idea in Nozbe, I think the book "Essentialism" by Greg McKeown will help me take my business and life to a whole new level. Here's why:

Essentialism Audio Book

The book focuses on a question:

"What is it, that holds capable and driven people from breaking through to the next level?"

... and quite surprisingly the answer is this:

"Success".

Greg in his book argues that "success becomes a catalyst for failure". Because when we're successful we inevitably start the "undisciplined pursuit of more", because more opportunities show up, and we take on more things to do, we lose focus... and we start a plateau... and eventually a decline. And unfortunately I can totally resonate with that:

Monday, July 20

☆ New video with yours truly - how to get things done on your wrist [on: Nozbe.watch]

We've just released Nozbe 2.1.8 with amazing new features like a native widget for Android and a totally redesigned app for the Apple Watch. As you know I'm a big fan of this new gadget from Apple and I think my team did an amazing job with the Nozbe app for Watch so to celebrate it we launched a dedicated web site for this:

Nozbe.watch

Nozbe for Watch

This site explains what is important in creating a "wrist app" and how we think you'll get more things done with Nozbe on your Apple Watch.

Video showing off dictation, force touch and more:

To prove my point, we recorded a promo video with yours truly, showing the power of dictatation, force touch and much much more... what do you think?

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Friday, July 17

✔ I’m writing my new book “#NoOffice” because work is not a place to go, it’s a thing you do

Two years ago I co-wrote a book #iPadOnly with my friend Augusto Pinaud. Last year, to celebrate my 35th birthday I wrote a book “It’s All About Passion!”… and this year I didn’t write a book… yet. It’s because the book I’m working on right now will be something special. Not only because it’s “three times a charm”. No. It’s bigger than that. I believe this third one will be “the one” message I was born to spread to the world. Here’s why:

No Office Book

The one question I get a lot: Where are you based?

I’m writing these words from my home office. Which is the only office I have. Just like all the other 20+ members of my Nozbe team. We all work from home.

Every time I’m on a conference, or I just talk about what I do with someone, they always ask: “Where are you based?”

And I try to answer that our main corporate address is in Poland, but we have no real office there, and everybody works from home, and we meet every now and then, and some of us live in different countries…

And then they’re like: “OK… I think I get it… Uhm… So where are you based?”

They don’t get it. It’s 2015 and most of the companies and people don’t get it. And it doesn’t have to be this way.

So after a short pause they continue the conversation:

Thursday, July 16

☀ Michael Sliwinski Magazine #3 - Apple Watch & Time

Do you know you can read my blog as a magazine on your iPhone or iPad or Android phone or tablet? You didn't know? Well, you can, thanks to Remag. I've just published the next issue of my very own magazine and I encourage you to sit on your favorite armchair, grab your mobile device of choice and start reading:

The latest issue of Michael Sliwinski Magazine

Issue 3 - "Apple Watch & Time"

I've included the following posts and videos in this issue:

You can get my "Michael Sliwinski Magazine" for free:

Question: Are you reading my posts in a dedicated app?

Having my own magazine is a totally new experience of sharing my blog posts with you. This is what my new venture: Remag is all about. Please do let me know what you think about it in the comments below! How's your experience been so far? Thanks.

Wednesday, July 15

▷ The Podcast #5 - That’s how you treat them?!

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk about why working remotely is awesome and "open spaces" are counterproductive and plain stupid for knowledge workers:

The latest episode of The Podcast

I also share how I've been working from home my entire adult life and how I've been following my wife in the process. I think we're beginning to "get podcasting" with Radek and IMHO this was our best episode to date:

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Tuesday, July 14

► Apple Watch Q&A with Space Grey unboxing and Nozbe for Watch demo - Productive! Show #96

Unboxing on Periscope again, this time with my personal review of the Apple Watch as I've had it for 1,5 months. I'm giving my "old" Apple Watch to my wife as I'm unboxing and getting the new Space Grey 38mm one. I'm a fairly short guy with small wrist, so 38 is a lot better for me than the 42 watch - I tried both sizes in the Apple Store. In this video I take viewers questions and demo some Watch apps, like also our very own Nozbe app.

Question: Did you get an Apple Watch? Which one? What do you think?

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Monday, July 13

✔ Ask Michael: Which apps do you use and recommend?

AMA (Ask Michael Anything) - is a series of posts I'm running on this blog inspired by hundreds of emails I received from my readers and Nozbe users. Today I'll share the apps I use and recommend, here goes:

Ask Michael - Apps

The Big Three: Evernote, Dropbox and Nozbe

I already wrote about it several times, but I use these three apps extensively and I have premium accounts on all of them:

  • Evernote for notes, documents and other "reference materials"
  • Dropbox for files
  • Nozbe (duh!) for projects and tasks

But I use more apps. I wrote about some of them in my #iPadOnly book, but here's an updated list in a semi-random order (as seen on my iPhone 6 Plus home screen):

Friday, July 10

▷ The Podcast #4 - The content is entertaining enough

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we're reflecting on our first three episodes and share what we learned when starting this podcast:

The latest episode of The Podcast

We also talked about my consistency of blogging and podcasting, how we're trying to be more consistent at writing, taking pictures, doing sports and everything else. We're talking about my new iMac 5K and why I bought it... and what it means for me being #iPadOnly

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