Work the Way You Want, be Productive Anywhere and Design Your #NoOffice Lifestyle

Hello, I'm Michael Sliwinski I run a productivity company, record a weekly podcast, write on this blog, and publish books to help modern knowledge workers like you get more done and have a more organized (and passionate) life.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Which books do you read and recommend?

Thanks to switching from paper books to audiobooks back in 2010 I started absorbing around 30 books per year. Here's the complete and up-to date list of the books I've read. Want my recommendations? Check out my reviews of these books on this blog or better yet, subscribe my weekly podcast where I discuss them with my buddy Radek.

Which apps do you use every day?

I use Nozbe (duh!). But that's not all. As my main computers are iPad, iPhone (Plus size) and an iMac, there are lots of apps I use. If you want to know which ones we with my team to get our work done, check out my latest book: "No Office Apps".

What do you do after work? Sports? Family? Hobbies?

I love what I do so it doesn't feel like work. But apart from that I try to remain fit, especially as I lost weight thanks to "slow carb diet" and started running triathlons (I do 3-4 olympic distance a year: 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run). And my family keeps me busy: I have three daughters and a wife - lots of women in the house :-)

Do you do interviews?

Oh yes. I love interviews, here's a list of my recent appearances on podcasts and other sites. I've also interviewed some really cool people for the Productive! Magazine. I sometimes speak on conferences. Here's how to contact me.

What are you doing now?

Just check my Twitter: @MSliwinski or my up-to-date NOW page. To be in touch with me subscribe to my mailing list. Thanks!

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Thursday, May 25

🎧 The Podcast #98 - Stop Stealing Dreams

This week on The Podcast we continue our last week's discussion on education, schooling system and how we believe things should change for future generations. We mention a great manifesto by Seth Godin "Stop Stealing Dreams" and we talk about all this in more detail. Let us know what you think:

The Podcast - 98 - Stop Stealing Dreams

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 47 minutes

If you rate us on Apple Podcasts directory, 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, May 23

✔️ My top 5 tricks to improve your productivity almost instantly

Today’s post will be very productive and practical. When I talk to people about time organization, they ask me for a few simple tips they can start using right away. That’s why, a few years ago, I decided to create the “10 Steps to Maximum Productivity” course. But, because we’re all looking for shortcuts, today I’ll focus on five key tips you can start applying today to see how they’ll improve your workflow. What’s more, they’re closely related to each other.

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Note: The following article appeared first in the May '17 issue of [iMagazine][iMagazine] - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

The short version: write things down, learn new apps and use them on all devices you have, remember about your weekly review and focus on priority zero. These are my top 5 tips, and here's more detail:

Monday, May 22

💡 38 years young - the possibilities are infinite!

This past weekend I turned 38 (Saturday, May 20). Another year. Another number. Creeping up on forty, but still not there yet. In this short post I want to let you know why the number 38 is so important to me and why I'm excited about what's ahead of me.

38 years young - the possibilities are infinite!

38 means a lot to me... leading to infinity!

For some reason the number 38 has always meant "a lot" to me. Maybe because of the shape of this number - as you can see from my drawing above, it has a lot to do with infinity symbol. This means I'm already plenty old - but on the other there's still a lot of years ahead of me and I'm really excited about the infinite possibilities of the future!

Family-wise, the serious stuff is coming!

I have three daughters, the oldest is 8, the middle is almost 5 and the youngest is 10 months... so the good stuff is still ahead of me - when they start growing up, becoming teenagers, beoming amazing women... becoming a better version of me. Can't wait to witness this and be a part of their life. This will be exciting and heart-breaking...

Business-wise, I'm just getting started!

Nozbe turned 10 this year, so I've been around the block for a while, but now that I think about it, I've been developing it pretty slowly and cautiously over the last years... and it's time to accelerate this. Too many people are still not well organized... Too many companies and teams are still using email to collaborate... Too many old habits die too hard... so I want to speed things up and double down on Nozbe development and Nozbe marketing. We've got great things up our sleeve and I can't wait to share them with you. The future years of Nozbe will get really exciting!

38 is just a number!

I feel very young, I'm probably in the best shape of my life (and a next triathlon race next weekend!) and I've got really exciting stuff to work on. I'm so grateful and thankful to everyone who crossed my path so far and can't wait to keep changing the world with you all.

P.S. Having birthday in this day and age is also fun because you get wishes from all over the world on Facebook and other social media channels. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Question: What are your thoughts when your birthday hits?

Sent from my iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black

Friday, May 19

🎧 The Podcast #97 - Schooling

This week on The Podcast we discuss the schooling system - how it works or actually why it doesn't. If you want to learn a little more about my history of formal education and what I did during college and what I think about it, check it out:

The Podcast - 97 - Schooling

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 43 minutes

If you rate us on Apple Podcasts directory, 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.

Friday, May 12

🎧 The Podcast #96 - Working while traveling

This week on The Podcast we discuss tips and tricks of working when on the road. When traveling to a conference or just plain moving around with your work - outside of the comfort of your regular home office. What to take, what NOT to take, how to set your expectations, etc...

The Podcast - 96 - Working while traveling

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 38 minutes

If you rate us on Apple Podcasts directory, 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.

Wednesday, May 10

📖 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - (audio) book of the week

As a reader of my blog you might have noticed that I'm a big fan of minimalism, I've been counting clothes for a while and I've been trying to keep my home office as neat and tidy as possible. Yes, I love that stuff. That's why when my wife started raving about this new book by a Japanese author, Marie Kondo: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever I was curious on one hand but a little suspicious on the other. I mean, what else there is to know about clutter? Right? Well, it's amazing how I got converted:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever - (audio) book of the week

Get this book on: Audible | Amazon

Book review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever

When I started reading this book, my suspicions got even more serious. The author promises to teach a way to clean your clutter once and for all. That once done, your place will be clutter free forever. I mean, really forever? Who can promise something like that? It's a big promise to give so let's see if she's right:

Friday, May 5

🎧 The Podcast #95 - Living in the future

This week on The Podcast we discuss how it is to live in the future. What do we mean by that? Check the episode and find out :-) (It's about cutting edge technologies, hardware, software... and also the style of life) - as someone said: "the future is already there, but it's not evenly distributed" - and we do have access to futuristic stuff:

The Podcast - 95 - Living in the future

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 36 minutes

If you rate us on Apple Podcasts directory, 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.

Thursday, April 27

🎧 The Podcast #94 - Insanely Simple

This week on The Podcast we discuss simplicity concepts in our day-to-day communication with other people, inspired by a book on Steve Jobs by Ken Segall - Insanely Simple (Audible | Amazon) - I try to understand how to use empathy in a very productive way. Let me know your thoughts - it's a short one but a good one - only 30 minutes:

The Podcast - 94 - Insanely Simple

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 30 minutes

If you rate us on Apple Podcasts directory, 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.

Thursday, April 20

🎧 The Podcast #93 - Dare to try

This week on The Podcast we discuss productivity in general - how we got interested in this field, why we keep sharing our productivity tips and tricks and why we're passionate about this topic... and why you should dare to try these tricks yourself and not believe a get-productive-quick schemes. We're for real, here's how:

The Podcast - 93 - Dare to try

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 45 minutes

If you rate us on Apple Podcasts directory, 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.

Friday, April 14

🎧 The Podcast #92 - Fooled by Randomness

This week on The Podcast we discuss the book, Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb (Audible | Amazon) The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets - and it's a pretty rambly and random discussion on how we as people try to make sense of the world without really understanding it. Hope you'll join the conversation and let me know in the comments how you see randomness in your life:

The Podcast - 92 - Fooled by Randomness

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 42 minutes

If you rate us on iTunes, 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.

Friday, April 7

🎧 The Podcast #91 - Best City

This week on The Podcast we meet again in person on Nozbe Reunion in the beautiful city of Toruń - where actually my co-host Radek lives. We discuss take-aways from this reunion, what we learned, improved, what pranks we pulled and how much we've improved as a Nozbe team. And for the first time we recorded this show on video. Check it out, it's a short one but a great one:

The Podcast - 91 - Best City

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 35 minutes

And if you like video, watch us here for the first time:

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If you rate us on iTunes, 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.

Friday, March 31

🎧 The Podcast #90 - Too risky

This week on The Podcast we discuss a dangerous subject of politics. How not to piss people off but still discuss values and promote them among your tribe and outside of it. How to stay true to what you believe in. Now, how to do it? Please listen and send me feedback.

The Podcast - 90 - Too risky

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 43 minutes

If you rate us on iTunes, 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.

Friday, March 24

📖 Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson - (audio) book of the week

One of the key ways we can improve our health and the overall state of our body is by sleeping more and better. Yes, not less. Not depriving ourselves from sleep, but rather by designing our life in such a way that sleep is a strategic part of it. That's why this week I want to recommend a book that made me feel really uneasy and helped me realize why sleeping is so important. This book forced me to change the way I approach sleep. Here's why:

Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson - (audio) book of the week

Get this book on: (Amazon|Audible)

Book review: Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson - 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success

(Note: I also discussed this book on the 87th episode of The Podcast with my co-host Radek, if you prefer the audio version with more comments)

Very few times when reading a book, the book would make me feel bad about myself while still encouraging me to keep reading. The last book like this was Essentialism. Now this book about sleeping made me realize I should not approach sleep like a "necessary evil" but as a strategic part of my day. And that there are so many things I need to fix to make sure I get a good night's sleep, here are a few that really stood out:

Thursday, March 23

🎧 The Podcast #89 - Shutdown ritual

This week on The Podcast we discuss how we finish our day's work. How to close the day and get ready for the new one. How to set boundries between work and life, especially when you work from home - #NoOffice all the way! - it's a short one full of cool productivity tips, check it out:

The Podcast - 89 - Shutdown ritual

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 35 minutes

If you rate us on iTunes, 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.

Thursday, March 16

✔️ №34 with Greg McKeown - the last (essential) issue of the Productive! Magazine

From the editor of the Productive! Magazine №34 with Greg McKeown: Do you know that this is the last time we meet here? This issue of Productive! Magazine marks the end of our series. All the archive editions will be certainly kept online so that you can always come back to your favorite articles and recommend them to the people who might need some inspiration or advice. In this post I'll explain why and how we're finishing off our magazine:

The last issue of the Productive! Magazine

That uncomfortable feeling - closing down the magazine after 8+ years...

You might be wondering why I decided to close down the publication. In brief: I want to focus on only the crucial projects of mine, meaning - those directly related to Nozbe. I’ve determined that I can't get distracted by doing the tasks that won't take me any closer to my main goals. I’ve always felt badly working on tasks like that. Whenever I got really involved with them, I felt guilty about not using my energy to accomplish the most important, company-related goals. And when I wasn't truly engaged, I was angry with myself for not doing my best. If you happen to know this feeling, try to follow my steps and become really selective about the stuff you decide to work on. If you don't have problems like that - congratulations! But I encourage you to analyze your projects in terms of your yearly goals anyway :-)

It's all about being honest...