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?

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Friday, February 2

✔️ 2017 review: a learning curve!

We’re already 1 month in 2018 but I haven’t still posted my yearly review... and yesterday we were celebrating 11 years of Nozbe so I decided to finally post my yearly review - again, I’m writing this more for myself as a way reflect on last year and to be able to get back to it, but if it serves you as an inspiration, be my guest! Here goes:

2017 review: a learning curve!

Before I start, here are my past yearly reviews: 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

2017 wasn’t as good as I hoped... in some ways...

It was a tough year. On one hand business-wise it was a learning curve for me and the revenue growth wasn’t as I expected... but on the other hand I learned a lot and I’m putting these learnings to work this year. Privately it was a very good year. Here are some highlights:

Thursday, February 1

✔️ Workflows that build regular habits and help me get stuff done quicker

Keystone habits are critical to a happy and productive life. We’ve been discussing this with my co-host on The Podcast for a while now. To build regular habits and to just reduce some barriers of entry I’m using an iOS app called "Workflow" and have created many workflows that help me get stuff one quicker. These are like recipes for a "digital cake" - my way of doing things quicker. Below I’m sharing a few of these and hope they’ll be useful for you, too. Feel free to copy them and adopt to your needs :-)

Workflows that build regular habits and help me get stuff done quicker

Workflow, Ulysses, Bear and Nozbe - apps for my daily habits

I use Ulysses to write my journal in and Bear to plan and track progress of each day. And Nozbe for my day-to-day task and project management as well as internal communication with my team.

Here are my habits and workflows that I use in combination with these apps:

Tuesday, January 30

🎧 The Podcast #129 - Letting go

Last week on The Podcast we continued our discussion of 2018 planning... now with emphasis on letting go of old projects, unsuccessful endeavors and most importantly, not beating yourself up when you’re not living up to the highest standard of your previous self - an interesting discussion as always:

The Podcast - 129 - Letting go

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 44 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, January 19

🎧 The Podcast #128 - Values

This week on The Podcast we continue our planning/goal setting spree, discussing our values - what motivates us, what makes us tick, what pushes us forward... honestly I think it was one of our best episodes, yet:

The Podcast - 128 - Values

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 49 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.

Tuesday, January 16

🎧 The Podcast #127 - Burst projects vs keystone habits

This week on The Podcast we start our discussion of New Year’s planning. These will probably be 4 episodes total. Today we’re discussing the concept of burst projects born out of necessity or passion vs keystone habits you want to cultivate and engrave. Here we go!

The Podcast - 127 - Burst projects vs keystone habits

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 47 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.

Tuesday, January 9

🎧 The Podcast #126 - Inbox Non-Zero

This week on The Podcast we discuss distractions again - specifically we talk about notifications - and how we can trick our mind by NOT zeroing them out... and by going too far... to correct the course later - very useful if you want to set up your environment for the New Year’s Resolutions:

The Podcast - 126 - Inbox Non-Zero

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 41 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.

Monday, January 8

✔ How I fell in love with the iPhone X – my review from a productivity guy’s perspective

Just like every year, I “needed” to change my iPhone for a new one. This time, however, I decided to wait for the iPhone X instead of immediately getting the iPhone 8 Plus, and now it’s finally here! I’ve been using it for two months now, and it does not cease to amaze me. Read on to find out why and how the new iPhone boosts my productivity! :-)

 How I fell in love with iPhone X - review

Photo: My new iPhone X setting up... and for comparison: iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 3G, Nokia dumb phone, [Apple Watch Series 2 Nike](/tag/Apple Watch)... and iPhone X box of course...

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

OK, enough with notes... let’s start the review with my favorite feature - FaceID:

Wednesday, January 3

🎧 The Podcast #125 - No speed limit

This week on The Podcast we discuss once again after 119 and 120 learning languages - our last episode of 2017 was about inspiring you to learn a new language! Do it in 2018!

The Podcast - 125 - No speed limit

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 49 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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

🎧 The Podcast #124 - Making geeks smile - Xmas shopping spectacular

This week on The Podcast we discuss gadgets we’d recommend as gifts this Christmas season. Good luck choosing yours!

The Podcast - 124 - Making geeks smile - Xmas shopping spectacular

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 40 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.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

🎧 The Podcast #123 - So Good They Can’t Ignore You

This week on The Podcast we discuss an earlier book by Cal Newport - So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Amazon|Audible) and its premise of not listening to a common piece of advice to “follow your passion”... and we compare it to the contents of my free book: “It’s All About Passion!” - enjoy!

The Podcast - 123 - So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 41 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.

Monday, December 4, 2017

📢 Nozbe Reunion - why, where and how to organize a company retreat?

All-company meetings in a "No Office" team - a step-by-step guide to a successful meet-up

In my „No Office” company we don’t see each other all that much in person. Yes, we have video meetings, but apart from that, everyone works from the comfort of their home office. That’s why a few years ago we started these annual, and later semi-annual all-company meetings, called “reunions”. We wanted to spend some quality time with each other in person, recharge batteries, get to know the people hidden behind their avatars... and basically connect on a different level. Now, that we did a few of these, and we’ve just had our fall “Nozbe Reunion Wrocław”, I’d like to share a few tips and tricks on how to prepare and run a successful “company reunion/retreat”. Why do we organize it? What do we do? How do we make it a success? Here’s our recipe with all the details:

Nozbe Reunion - why, where and how to organize a company retreat?

I originally posted this on Medium where I write about remote working as a part of NoOffice publication. You should follow me there (and recommend my posts :-), thanks!

Why a “Nozbe Reunion”?

Just as I explained above - we don’t have a central office and we’re 25 people in the Nozbe core team. The “why” is pretty obvious - we need to connect on a personal level every now and then... and when you’re working “alone” from home so many months, you are really looking forward to meeting your co-workers!

How often do we organize this?

Twice a year - we always have a spring and a fall reunion. First, we held our meet-ups on an annual basis but later decided it wasn’t enough. Now, that we switched to a semi-annual model, we believe it’s just the right balance of time in the home office vs time with your team.

The choice of spring and fall is deliberate. In summer people want to take vacation time with their families and in winter it’s cold... and usually the fall and spring is a slow time for tourism, so hotels are empty and quiet and can offer us not only great rates but also comfortable stay... and with 25 people coming we’re the major group in the hotel and we feel like the place is “just for us”.

How long does a “Nozbe Reunion” last?

We typically arrive on Monday for a late lunch and leave on Saturday after breakfast. This way we dedicate the entire workweek for a reunion and leave the weekend to relax after an intensive week with the whole team. I’ll dive deeper into our schedule for the reunion a little bit later, so read on.

Friday, December 1, 2017

🎧 The Podcast #122 - Deep Pre-Decision

This week on The Podcast we discuss productivity and dive again into the topic of DEEP work - how to do more of it, how to find focus, how to set your day for success on that front. Lots of helpful tips and tricks and podcast references, enjoy:

The Podcast - 122 - Deep Pre-Decision

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 39 minutes

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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, November 24, 2017

🎧 The Podcast #121 - Scanning & Planning

This week on The Podcast we discussed going paperless as I keep using Evernote and Radziu discovers and app called Scanbot... and we also dive deeper into planning our days and other productivity ideas:

The Podcast - 121 - Scanning & Planning

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 52 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.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

🎧 The Podcast #120 - Spanglish

Last week on The Podcast we continued our discussion on languages and we dive deeper with some cool tips and tricks - how I leaned Spanish fast and now how Radek is doing it even faster with Duolingo app. Enjoy!

The Podcast - 120 - Spanglish

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 55 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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

✔ How wireless headphones improve my productivity... and take me into the future!

This article was inspired by questions from readers and my discussion with Radek in the 95th episode of “ThePodcast.fm.” In that episode, we were chatting about our new wireless headphones and discussing how they make us feel like we’re living in the future. On top of that, I also believe wireless headphones significantly improve productivity. So, if you’re still using wired headphones, then, to quote Steve Jobs: “you’re doing it wrong.” Read on to find out why.

Wireless headphones

Note: The following article appeared first in the September '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.

Don’t be afraid of change. It’s an inevitable part of business and life...

We live in a world of technology, which is developing at a tremendous rate. Ten years ago, there weren’t any iPhones, and now the current iPhone 8, as tests show, it’s also faster than this year’s MacBook Pro. The world is changing so quickly that it's hard to keep up.

Change is also a vital part of my work. When I started Nozbe over 10 years ago, Steve Jobs had just unveiled the iPhone, and I believed I was building a web app for managing projects that would only work in a browser window on the desktop. It’s been only 10 years, but today we have apps for all major platforms, including the Apple Watch. And we’ve just released a version that works with Siri, so now you can add tasks using voice control – without even launching Nozbe. Everything is evolving at a rapid pace, but that’s precisely one of my favorite aspects of the IT industry. Change is inevitable. That’s why we have to constantly observe trends and buy the latest gadgets to understand how they can help our clients. I remember when, in September 2007, I was one of the first iPhone users in Poland. In May 2010, I had to get an iPad, and by May 2015, I needed to get my hands on an Apple Watch.

I’m not writing this to brag, rather to add some context to what I’m about to say about wireless headphones, because I remember when Apple did something, what many people considered “terrible”: