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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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Thursday, January 23

🏠 What's on my desk? Here's my re-designed stand up desk for 2020.

I'm slowly finishing off my Home office renovation which I mentioned in my previous post. I just upgraded my good trusty IKEA stand-up desk (model: Bekant) by getting a new bamboo table top (model: Hilver) - it’s wider and shallower than my previous one so there’s more space for my iPad Pro. Now that it's set up, let me show you what I've got there so hopefully it serves as an inspiration to you:

What's on my desk? Here's my re-designed stand up desk for 2020.

Sunday, January 19

🎧 The Podcast #198 - 2019 in Review

This week on The Podcast we take on annual review again - why it’s important, how we did it, what’s there for us this year... new ideas, new concepts... the episode got a little long but believe me it’s worth your time. Check it out and after that plan your year if you haven’t already:

The Podcast - 198 - 2019 in Review

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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, January 15

✔️ My new journaling routine for 2020 using Shortcuts on iPad or iPhone

I've been keeping a semi-regular journal for the past few years and every now and then I'm tweaking the way I approach it. In 2016 I posted why it's important for me to journal regularly and who inspired me to do that. In 2018 I posted my updated workflows for journaling and planning the day with additional apps I was using - Ulysses, Bear, etc. Later I introduced the concept of intermittent journaling with updated workflows. For 2020 and iOS13 I decided to review and simplify all of this and now I write both my journal and daily planning in Bear app using only three Shortcuts in iOS - here are the details:

My new journaling routine for 2020 using Shortcuts on iPad or iPhone

Monday, January 13

😎 11 years and counting - how my daughter is growing and I simply can’t believe it...

Today my first daughter (out of three!) turned 11 (yes, that’s eleven!) and I simply can’t believe it. The same one that believes I just write random stuff for a living and the same one that completely changed my life and converted me to a dad. Now she’s eleven and she’s grown... and here are a few things where she completely amazes me:

11 years and counting - how my daughter is growing and I simply can’t believe it...

Friday, January 10

🎧 The Podcast #197 - Horizontal Responsibilities

This week on The Podcast we discuss a concept of “horizontal responsibilities” in our vertically-built company. Inspired by “Holacracy”. How to run a company more like a city than an organization? Listen up!

The Podcast - 197 - Horizontal Responsibilities

Listen to the entire episode (~ 36 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, January 8

🏝 A child to a remotely-working dad: you're just writing random stuff!

This happened today. My eldest daughter, Milena (11), is sick with chickenpox and she obviously had to stay at home. She's downstairs as I'm working upstairs in my home office. Around 1 pm she gets bored and comes up to visit me and says this:

A child to a remotely-working dad: you're just writing random stuff!

Sunday, January 5

✔️ 2019 review - a transition year...

Hello in 2020! So... instead of saying that "hindsight is 20/20" we can say that the future is twenty-twenty! Does it mean, I have a "perfect vision" for this upcoming year - well, maybe... but now let's focus on reviewing 2019 as it was a very transitional year for me:

2019 review - a transition year...

Friday, January 3

✔️ I challenge you to simplify your life in 2020

In the January isssue of iMagazine - the leading Polish lifestyle magazine I wrote a column challenging people to simplify their stuff (and the way they're doing things) in 2020 - to make this year a year of simplifications and reducing the barriers of entry to things they want to be doing more of... to basically simplify in order to create good, meaningful habits.

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I challenge you to simplify your life in 2020

If you can't read it in Polish, here's the abbreviated version with the links to the places I mentioned in my column:

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

😎 LEGO - how I’m unleashing a child within me by building a new lego set every year (just for me!)

I’m a big fan of LEGO bricks. I’ve had them when I was a child (my favorite were the “Pirate” pieces) and now that I’m a grown man... I still love building Legos. And even though I have 3 baby girls and my eldest loves LEGO, too - I'm not only building LEGO with them, I’ve recently started getting LEGO sets just for me. And this year is no different - here’s my latest LEGO set that I’m about to assemble just now - James Bond's Aston Martin DB5:

LEGO - how I’m unleashing a child within me by building a new lego set every year (just for me!)

Monday, December 23, 2019

⌚️ Apple Watch series 5 review - the always-on screen is a huge deal!

Last year both me and my wife upgraded the Apple Watch series 2 to 4. We skipped series 3 altogether as we were waiting for the cellular connection from our operator and it took them two years to figure that out. This year when Apple announced series 5 with practically nothing new... but just an always-on display - we had two different reactions - my wife thought "whatever" and I was like "finally!". Now after more than 2 months with it, I have to say I totally stand by my first reaction. The "always-on display" is a huge deal, here's why:

Apple Watch series 5 review - the always-on screen is a huge deal!

Friday, December 20, 2019

🎧 The Podcast #196 - Hands Are Dirty

This week on The Podcast we discuss how “getting our hands dirty” by creating physical objects or renovating home office gives us joy and helps us disconnect from our day-to-day work at Nozbe and how it helps us explore ideas we normally don’t deal with:

The Podcast - 196 - Hands Are Dirty

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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, December 19, 2019

📱 My good old iPad 3 retina - the 2012 tablet that made me go #iPadOnly - is now on my wall and it works great!

Recently I’ve been remodeling my home office and one of the design ideas was to make use of my old hardware - and I found a special place for my good old trusty iPad 3 retina which started my iPadOnly journey (back in April of 2012 - so almost 8 years ago!) and it not only hangs there - it still works amazingly - here’s how:

My good old iPad 3 retina - the 2012 tablet that made me go #iPadOnly - is now on my wall and it works great!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

🏭 Apple used to stand for something. Now they stand for nothing. Where’s Steve Jobs when we need him?

Recently I wrote this post on Twitter, in reply to Tim Cook visiting Alabama:

Yes, Rosa stood for something. Yet Apple, the company I used to so highly admire… Recently stands for nothing. Videos promoting Trump campaign? Removing Taiwanese emoji? Removing Hong-Kong apps? Putting Crimea in Apple Maps as “Russia”? Yes please, Tim, do learn from Ms Parks

I'm an Apple user myself. I'm #iPadOnly, I buy a new iPhone every year, I love my Apple Watch and I own lots of Apple shares as well... and I'm so invested in this fruit company not just because of the "design is how it works" thing, but mostly because of their values. Here's why I'm so disappointed in Apple so much recently:

Apple used to stand for something. Now they stand for nothing. Where’s Steve Jobs when we need him?

Friday, December 13, 2019

😎 When are you planning to retire? I don’t think I ever will!

Yesterday I had a chat with a friend about the concept of retirement and when (if ever) people should retire... and I really hope I’ll never have to nor want to... and I’ve got quite a few examples of extraordinary people who serve me as a constant reminder that when you love what you do, you'll always be actively enjoying work and not looking forward to retirement. Here goes:

When are you planning to retire? I don’t think I ever will!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

🏠 My Home Office 2020 - Stage 1 - prototyping new ideas

The 2019 is ending and it's time for a major overhaul of my Home Office. I've been thinking about it for quite a while now, but I couldn't get around to doing it because I wasn't 100% sure about what I wanted. I was procrastinating. Then, I realized I don't have to do it all at once - I can do it in stages - I can move things around and see how the changes feel... and then keep tweaking the ideas. Last week I finished stage 1 - moving the Whiteboard to a different wall... and a few other tweaks. Here goes:

My Home Office 2020 - Stage 1 - prototyping new ideas