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Hello, I'm Michael Sliwinski I run a productivity company, record a weekly podcast, write on this blog and publish books on #Productivity, #NoOffice and #iPadOnly to help modern knowledge workers like you achieve success in business and life.

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Friday, April 19

🎧🎬 The Podcast #183 - N is 4 Nozbe

This week on The Podcast we met in person on Nozbe Reunion and discussed the new Nozbe 4 branding and logo... and the process and discussions (and fighting!) behind it.

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 183 - N is 4 Nozbe

Listen to the entire episode (~ 38 min):

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The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Thursday, April 18

😎 Challenge: social media sabbatical for a month

Yesterday with Radek we recorded the 184th episode of “The Podcast” where we’ll be discussing Cal Newport’s new book - Digital Minimalism (Amazon|Audible) - and the episode will air next week... but while recording Radek challenged me to do a fully-blown social media sabbatical (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook) for the next 30 days. No Twitter. No Instagram. No Facebook. No Social Media. And I accepted it! Here are the rules:

Challenge: social media sabbatical for a month

Social Media Sabbatical Rules:

OK. Time to set up some ground rules. Here’s what I’ve done:

Thursday, April 4

🎧🎬 The Podcast #182 - Purple Day

This week on The Podcast we talk about WHY we’ve decided to launch Nozbe 4 today and why it’s a big deal for the future of our company.

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 182 - Purple Day

Listen to the entire episode (~ 40 min):

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The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Wednesday, April 3

🎧🎬 The Podcast #181 - The Deadline

Tomorrow we‘re shipping the „beta preview“ of the future of my company. The future of Nozbe... the Nozbe 4 and in this episode of The Podcast we discuss the „when“ - how we came up with the deadline of 4/4 and how our development process of Nozbe 4 came to be.

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 181 - The Deadline

Listen to the entire episode (~ 42 min):

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The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Wednesday, March 27

🎧🎬 The Podcast #180 - Childhood bribes

Last week on The Podcast we discussed the way we were bribed as children... or (de) motivated by grades, exams or competitions... a very personal episode right there:

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 180 - Childhood bribes

Listen to the entire episode (~ 53 min):

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The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Friday, March 22

🎧🎬 The Podcast #179 - Punished by rewards

Last week on The Podcast we discussed the book by Alfie Kohn, “Punished by Rewards” and the consequences of both punishment and praise... I encourage you to check the discussion out - this book is literally one of the most impactful books I’ve read in a while.

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 179 - Punished by rewards

Listen to the entire episode (~ 45 min):

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The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Wednesday, March 20

📖 10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity book now available in Traditional Chinese!

After I’ve initially published my video course, 10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity, I decided to self-publish a book inspired by the course. I went ahead and did that in Polish my mother tongue first, then in English for the entire world to read and now in Traditinal Chinese on Taiwan. Yes, Chinese version of my book, officially published by a major publisher on Taiwan - here’s how it happened and why I’m so psyched about it:

10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity book now available in Traditional Chinese!

10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity book now available in Traditional Chinese!

Here’s some back story about all this. A few years back as we were expanding Nozbe on different markets, we decided to try to promote our app in China, as we have seen Evernote’s successful expansion there. We hired Emilia, our Chinese expert and first of all we translated Nozbe to Chinese (both traditional and simplified versions).

From self-publishing to... being published!

We decided to self-publish “10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity” in Polish and it worked very well for us. Later we did the same in English... and as we were exploring other potential markets to translate the book to... we stumbled upon an interested publisher in Taiwan. Actually it was Emilia who did all the heavy-lifting - she contacted many publishers and finally nailed the deal with the one who decided to take a chance on us.

After many months of negotiations and back and forth, we inked the deal and started getting ready to publish the book and now it’s there!

I’m curious how this book will perform on the Chinese market... and I’m hoping to be going to Taiwan soon to help promote it.

Why going with traditional publisher this time?

Easy. While we have many customers and lots of recognition on both the Polish and American market... we have practically no presence in Taiwan... so by going with the traditional publisher we want to see if we can create demand for personal productivity and tools like Nozbe in there... and Taiwan is a pretty big market - 23M people who are very modern, mobile and high-tech.

This is just the beginning. I’ll keep you posted on our progress there, but as of today, I’m not only a published author, but a Chinese one at that!

10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity in Traditional Chinese

Here’s direct link to the book in Taiwan

Monday, March 18

🎧🎬 The Podcast #178 - Complaining

Two weeks ago on The Podcast we discussed the issue of “complaining” and how to deal with “complainers”... and how we both understand this subject. That complaining can be productive and efficient... doesn’t always have to be toxic or bad. Listen up!

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 178 - Complaining

Listen to the entire episode (~ 32 min):

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The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Tuesday, March 5

🎧🎬 The Podcast #177 - Planning Together

Last week on The Podcast we discussed how last month I went away for the weekend with my wife to plan our year together. Yes, a romantic/planning weekend with my wife away from the kids and distractions. To plan our year. You should do that, too - if you’re in a committed relationship, here’s why:

Check out the teaser:

The Podcast - 177 - Planning Together

Listen to the entire episode (~ 39 min):

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And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Friday, March 1

💡 Digital Minimalism part 1 - fighting the compulsive iPhone checking - iMagazine column 19/03

For many years now I’ve been writing a monthly column for the leading Polish lifestyle magazine - iMagazine and in the month of March I decided to start a short series on “digital minimalism”, inspired by the book with the same title by Cal Newport (Amazon|Audible) and the discussion I’ve had with my The Podcast co-host Radek in episodes 168 “Get bored” and 175 “100% Buzz-free”.

To read my column (in Polish), get the latest issue of iMagazine (it’s free).

If you don’t know Polish, apart from mentioning the book and the two podcast episodes, I also talked about other resources that help me stay sane and not give in to the compulsive behavior of checking my phone:

In the article I also mentioned a few tips and tricks which we discussed with Radek on The Podcast so please make sure to subscribe :-)

Thursday, February 21

🎧🎬 The Podcast #176 - Salary Formula

This week on The Podcast we discuss a very sensitive topic - Salary Formula - how we calculate salaries for people working at Nozbe in a fair way - we dive deep how and why we started with that and also how it went down... and if we can still improve it.

Here’s a short video teaser of the episode:

The Podcast - 176 - Salary Formula

Listen to the full episode below (~ 53 minutes):

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If you rate us on Apple Podcasts, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Sunday, February 10

🎧🎬 The Podcast #175 - 100% Buzz-Free

This week on The Podcast we discuss improvements to helping us work better, with fewer distractions... and less social media... and more focus, check out the teaser and listen to the show:

The Podcast - 175 - 100% Buzz-Free

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 38 minutes

If you rate us on Apple Podcasts, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.

Tuesday, February 5

✔️ How intermittent journaling and some smart Siri shortcuts help me enjoy more intentional and productive days

I love journaling. I’ve blogged about it in the past and the same rules basically apply today. I’ve also been more conscious about planning my days and I’ve also blogged about my workflows for it in the past. Today I’ll be joining both concepts together, with my up-to-date workflows (Siri shortcuts) and a new concept I’ve been trying lately - intermittent journaling. Here goes:

How intermittent journaling and some smart Siri shortcuts help me enjoy more intentional and productive days

Using Siri Shortcuts and Bear app

Because I’m using iOS devices to get my stuff done - I’m iPadOnly with the new 11” iPad Pro and I use an iPhoneXS - I do all of my planning an journaling on either of these devices using Siri Shortcuts and the Bear note-taking app. I don’t use Bear for anything else - just for planning my days and for journaling.

You’ll find below my Siri shortcuts for both planning the days and journaling:

Monday, February 4

✔️ How I learned JavaScript by studying source code of Basecamp... and how I keep learning programming by studying code written by others...

Recently DHH of Basecamp wrote on their blog about the importance of being able to view the source code and learn from it. I totally agree with that... and in the spirit of 12 years of Nozbe and the last episode of The Podcast I’d like to share here a story how I actually learned JavaScript by studying their source code years ago. Here goes:

How I learned JavaScript by studying source code of Basecamp... and how I keep learning programming by studying code written by others...

I built the first version of Nozbe in 2005... with no JavaScript

I built Nozbe because I needed to get organized. So after reading Getting Things Done by David Allen (Amazon|Audible) I built a quick tool to get organized over a weekend. It was a very simple web application, but the problem was, when I marked a task as done, I’d have to “save” the page and reload it. Yes, that’s how basic it was... but luckily I was the only user...

Enter Backpack, a tool by 37signals (now Basecamp)

A few months later I came across Backpack, a tool that the crew behind Basecamp built. I signed up for it and I fell in love with its simplicity and most of all, I was amazed that the pages there didn’t reload. I marked a task as “done” and it instantly became “done”. I loved it. They were using this new technology which in 2005 was called “AJAX”.

While I loved the Backpack I still preferred my own tool because it was structured a little differently and more focused on “getting things done”... so I started viewing the source code of Backpack and learning from it. This is how I learned the basics of AJAX, JavaScript (with Prototype.js) and much more.

Friday, February 1

🎧🎬 The Podcast #174 - 12 years of Nozbe

Today on The Podcast we celebrate 12 years of Nozbe - the productivity tool I launched exactly on February 1, 2007. In this episode I shared quite a few personal stories you might not know about about... so tune it, check out the sneak peek and listen to the entire episode below:

Watch this episode on video:

The Podcast - 174 - 12 years of Nozbe

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 52 minutes

If you rate us on Apple Podcasts, we might give you a shout-out on air! Thanks! :-)

And if you're new here:

The Podcast is a weekly podcast chat with Radek (VP Apple Technologies at Nozbe) and yours truly (CEO at Nozbe) about productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind... - if you liked this episode, make sure to check out past episodes.