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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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Wednesday, October 16

😎 Effortless photography. Why taking pictures with a modern smartphone feels like cheating.

Tomorrow I’m finally going to unbox a new iPhone 11 Pro (non-Max - it’s too big for me), Midnight Green (the new "hot" color), 256GB (who needs more space?) but before I do, I’d like to share with you some thoughts on smartphone photography with my now-retiring iPhone XS. In short - shooting photos with this thing should be considered cheating - I keep being stunned how good the photos are without any effort at all.

Effortless photography. Why taking pictures with a modern smartphone feels like cheating.

Friday, October 11

🎧🎬 The Podcast #191 - Summer's Gone

We’re back! After a 3-month hiatus we’re doing a quick re-cap of all the things that happened in our lives between our The Podcast recordings and from today on we’ll be back on a regular bi-weekly schedule. Many of the things we discussed today will be full-length episodes in the future, so make sure to let me know what you want us to discuss first!

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 191 - Summer's Gone

Listen to the entire episode (~ 43 min):

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The Podcast is a bi-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, October 9

✔️ Pre-deciding is the key to success.

Decision fatigue is real. It means that the quality of our decisions deteriorates as the days go by. We make better decisions in the morning when we're rested... but by the end of the day we make worse decisions. So the key is to make most important decisions in the morning... and to reduce the number of decisions we make every day - and that's where the concept of "pre-deciding" comes into play:

Pre-deciding is the key to success.

Friday, October 4

⌚️ Competing in an olympic-distance triathlon with an Apple Watch Series 4

Yesterday I mentioned that this last Sunday I competed in an olympic-distance triathlon with an Apple Watch. Thanks to the advice by Ian of "Apple Watch Triathlete" blog blog I downloaded the app Tri Tracker for my watch and it worked perfectly. Here's the full story:

Competing in an olympic-distance triathlon with an Apple Watch Series 4

Thursday, October 3

😎 My 11th Olympic-distance triathlon - why I keep loving these 3 sports and why I keep sucking at them?

Last Sunday I ran my 11th Olympic distance triathlon. Can’t believe it’s been so many. It all started after my first sprint-distance race - back in October 2014 and in 5 years I’ve done 11 events! Here’s what I learned so far and why I keep doing triathlons:

My 11th Olympic-distance triathlon - why I keep loving these 3 sports and why I keep sucking at them?

Monday, September 30

🤩 Productivity technology and more at the Productivity Summit 2019

I’m very excited to be participating at the end of this week live at the “Productivity Summit 2019” virtual conference - and unlike Business Systems Summit, this one is not pre-recorded but it will be done live via Zoom, so make sure to sign up:

Productivity technology and more at the Productivity Summit 2019

Sign up free for the Productivity Summit 2019

I’ll be participating in two sessions on this conference this coming Friday:

Many thanks to Augusto Pinaud and Ray Sidney-Smith for inviting me to participate in this great event! See you there!

Friday, September 27

😎 Kidnapped and tweeting... something that's just NOT true to you

"You've been kidnapped. Your kidnappers allow you to keep tweeting to pretend everything is alright. What would you tweet that would alarm your followers without the kidnappers knowing you're asking for help?" was a challenge Kate Hackett posted on Twitter. I must admit at first I didn't fall for this but later I thought I'd join and eventually came up with quite a few tweets. My idea was to come up with something that for many people could probably sound true. Just not for me. Here goes:

Kidnapped and tweeting... something that's just NOT true to you

Thursday, September 26

🤩 Talking entrepreneurship on Project Kazimierz podcast

Richard Lucas, who’s a very interesting and entrepreneurial guy living in Krakow invited me for a chat about entrepreneurship - how I started Nozbe, the NoOffice way of running it... the works - very complete interview with lots of interesting questions so make sure to check it out and subscribe to his podcast:

Talking entrepreneurship on Project Kazimierz podcast

Listen to the s5ep17 of Project Kazimierz (in English)

P.S. Recently I’m on a roll and was lucky enough to be invited to quite a few interviews for podcasts and online conferences. I’ll be posting them as they are published. Hope they’ll bring you value!

Tuesday, September 24

🤩 Pyramid of Communication featured on Business Systems Summit

Increasingly the conferences are going online, kind of #NoOffice style. Recently I was invited to talk on Business Systems Summit about my concept of Pyramid of Communication and this is the teaser video:

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The conference takes place now and it's free, although you can always upgrade to a lifetime membership if you want to. Apart from catching my interview, I'd encourage you to check out many other interviews, especially Mike Michalowicz - we discussed his book "Profit First" on The Podcast.

Sign up for the Business Systems Summit here

[Appearance] Business Systems Summit

Thursday, September 5

📖 Why reading the same book again (or several times in life) is OK

I just maxed out my limit of audiobooks for this year’s Audible subscription and I still haven’t read all of the ones I purchased, but recently I decided to re-read some of the old books I already read before. Why would I do that?

Why reading the same book again (or several times in life) is OK

Turns out I'm not so smart...

Monday, September 2

😎 It's been 80 years since the start of the World War 2... and we still can't appreciate the peace enough!

Yesterday was September 1, 2019... meaning it's been only 80 years when the World War II started (and lasted until 1945) which made all the world fight against each other and kill around 80 Million people worldwide including over 6 Million Jews as a part of the Holocaust. Today I live in the European Union (EU) with 28 countries united to form one political and economic region. Being an EU citizen gives us an unprecedented feeling of freedom, peace and connection... yet with recent raise of ideas like Brexit and other nationalistic movements across Europe with governments in countries like Poland and Hungary actively opposing European values, I feel like we're taking the peace that we have now for granted. And peace can go away quickly.

It's been 80 years since the start of the World War 2... and we still can't appreciate the peace enough!

Friday, August 30

😎 I’m too old for this, right? Wrong!

When talking to people about their careers, their hopes and dreams... or some other new and exciting stuff... I very often get the "too old" argument. In a gesture of resignation they just tell me that they are just too old to start doing this or changing that. To take their career on a different path or try out a new sport... or whatever. I find it very depressing and most of the time it's a complete and utter bullshit, here's why:

I’m too old for this, right? Wrong!

Ok, so you won't be a professional athlete anymore... than boo... effing... hoo!

Yes, I just turned forty so I won't be a professional basketball player of Formula 1 driver anymore... that's true... and I won't be playing against Novak Djokovic in US Open anytime soon but it hasn't stopped me from taking up tennis last year and enjoying it immensely! From a complete beginner I can now play, have fun and sometimes almost beat some of my friends! It's never too late!

I started doing triathlons at 35 and even though I completely blew my Ironman this year, I'll be running my 11th Olympic-distance triathlon this September and I'm planning on doing 1-2 triathlons every year for many years to come in order to stay fit.

OK, I started Nozbe at 28, but my friend and mentor Michael Hyatt started his blog and business in his late fifties! You think he was too old?

My parents have shown me how they've never been too old for any kind of change!

As I explained in my previous post about my parents, my father studied Electronics, later created a book-keeping company, then ad agency... only to become my advisor and VP of finance. My mother studied Architecture, went on to run a financial firm, ad agency, sculpture shop, coffee shop and now she's got new challenges in front of her. She never stops. Sports? They both learned skiing at forty years of age... Traveling? They both went on their first cross-Atlantic trip last year well in their sixties...

If you think, you're too old for something, think again!

It’s all in your head! When you’re like me and you're 40 you are only halfway through your life! Seriously, you've got so many new things to learn, so many new places to see, so many new ways to change your life. So don't let the internal "lizard brain" tell you you're too old.

The best time to start doing anything was 10 years ago. The second best time to start taking up the same activity is right now. Today.

You are most certainly never too old for almost anything!

Be brave and embrace change! Good luck!

Wednesday, August 28

✔️ My new smartphone - iPhone SE - why I’m voluntarily switching to the slowest smartphone possible.

I’ve owned every iPhone in the history of mankind... or more like in the history of smartphones... and for many years I’ve been upgrading to the latest and the greatest every year... and now that iOS13 is about to ship and the new iPhone 11 is about to be launched... I’m gradually switching to the smallest and slowest iPhone there is - the iPhone SE - here’s why:

My new smartphone - iPhone SE - why I’m voluntarily switching to the slowest smartphone possible.

The iPhone SE is the slowest and smallest iPhone that will get the iOS13 upgrade this year so it's an up-to-date device!

Monday, August 26

✔️ Emailing like texting - how to get back to inbox zero and make every email a GTD “2-minute rule”

In the last years I had some serious problems replying to emails from people. Internally we don’t use email at Nozbe, but people from the outside had serious problems emailing me - either because I was throwing my assistant at them, or because I really took lots of time (weeks or even months!) to reply. This all changed last month by introducing a new way of dealing with email - “emailing like texting” which I introduced inspired by Katie's article from Buzzfeed. Now my email inbox is at zero most of the days and I don’t need an assistant as much as I used to. Here’s how it works:

Emailing like texting - how to get back to inbox zero and make every email a GTD “2-minute rule”

Emailing like texting - 3 basic rules:

Friday, August 23

🏭 Nozbe will not take any outside investment... nor will we build an office...

Every now and then I get an email from an investor, thinking about investing in Nozbe. We even had some serious acquisition offers in the past. Especially now that our main competitors like Asana or Monday are valued at more than $1B. This is really flattering but our answer has always been:

Nozbe will not take any outside investment... nor will we build an office...

Thank you but: "NO, thanks!"

As I've written almost 2 years ago on the Nozbe blog: