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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Wednesday, August 9

🎧 The Podcast #108 - iPad Consultations

This week on The Podcast we’re doing a kinda follow up to episode 102 discuss my co-host’s new #iPadOnly life life and he has a bunch of questions for me - I’m his “iPad Mentor” today - together we figure out a few workarounds that you might find really helpful:

The Podcast - 108 - iPad Consultations

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.

Monday, August 7

iPadOnly on 10.5” – is the new iPad Pro with iOS11 finally a serious setup for work?

While the title of this article might be phrased as a question, those who know me already know my answer, which is: “Of course, the iPad is already being used for work!” I’m unique that way because I’ve been using my iPad for work for more than five years now – since iOS6... Meanwhile, many people still don’t consider the iPad to be a “serious” machine for work. This article is dedicated to them.

Serious setup for work

Note: The following article appeared first in the July '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 new iPad Pro and iOS11

A few weeks ago at WWDC, Apple revealed its new 10.5” iPad Pro and previewed iOS11 which will be released to the general public in the fall. Since I’ve been following rumors for some time, eagerly waiting to get my hands on the new iPad, I ordered it on the day of its launch, and when it finally arrived I immediately installed the pre-release version of iOS11 (beta 2), and… I jumped into the future! Read on to check out how this combo really works...

Wednesday, August 2

🎧 The Podcast #107 - Simplify Everything

This week on The Podcast we continue our discussion on habits - this time giving you simple tips and tricks how to simplify our systems and ways we work and live. How (and what) to question in order to find more margin and space for our creative time:

The Podcast - 107 - Simplify Everything

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 45 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, July 31

💡 Running, listening to books, podcasts and taking notes with Apple Watch

People on Twitter and listeners to The Podcast keep asking me how I use the Apple Watch for running. Especially that I like to listen to podcasts or audiobooks while doing sports. I also take notes directly on the Apple Watch, here’s how:

Running, listening to books, podcasts and taking notes with Apple Watch

Running with Apple Watch

I use Runkeeper app to track my running and I always launch it directly from my Apple Watch. This way I can track my heart rate, especially now that I’m preparing to break the 45-minute barrier on a 10k run.

Listening to Podcasts

I use Overcast: Podcast Player to listen to my podcasts and just recently this app lets me upload a podcast episode to the watch directly. I usually upload an episode of ATP directly to watch and just take my Bluetooth headsets - Mpow Enchanter with me and I leave my iPhone 7 Plus at home! Isn’t that cool!?

Note: this Overcast feature isn’t ideal - only one podcast episode and sound is pretty low... but it works and lets me run without my phone. I found that with the above-linked headsets I get a decent sound.

Listening to Audiobooks

I use Audible to listen to audiobooks - check out my list of books I read and recommend - and unfortunately I can’t upload a book to the watch so I have to carry my iPhone with me when I want to listen to a book.

Taking notes on the Apple Watch

I created a workflow - Add to Book Notes that lets me just tap on Workflow app and tap again to start talking to my watch to dictate notes. This then is being transcribed and added to my text file called "book.txt" in my Dropbox folder. It’s really neat - this way I can add an important note even in the middle of my run!

I love my Apple Watch!

The latest Apple Watch Series 2 Nike lets me run with it, swim and bike with it... and listen to podcasts and even take notes while listening to audiobooks... and the battery holds almost two full days... and takes only a short while to recharge.

Hope this was useful - if you have any questions, ask them below or ping me on Twitter - thanks!

Question: How do you use your Apple Watch for sports and other things?

Sent from my iPhone 7 Plus

Thursday, July 27

🎧 The Podcast #106 - Combined Twitter & Instagram moment

This week on The Podcast we continue our discussion about Twitter addictions and improving our focused work time. We've made some improvements and have Pro tips to share so make sure to check it out!

The Podcast - 106 - Combined Twitter & Instagram moment

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.

Friday, July 21

🎧 The Podcast #105 - Twitter detox

This week on The Podcast we discuss how to manage distractions and compulsive behaviors - how to enjoy moments of boredom and just breathe... lots of practical ticks and confessions:

The Podcast - 105 - Twitter detox

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 39 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, July 13

🎧 The Podcast #104 - A Guide to the Good Life

This week on The Podcast we keep discussing the book “A Guide to the Good Life” (Amazon|Audible) and we discuss how to deal with anger, insults and other unpleasant situations. How to remain calm and be constructive when life tries to throw you off your balance:

The Podcast - 104 - A Guide to the Good Life

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, July 12

📢 How setting up a new iPad Pro for work can is an exercise in minimalism and focus

The Minimalists coined a term “Packing Party” - which basically means that you pack all of your belongings to boxes like if you were to move to a different house and later you only unpack the things you really need... the same thing is happening to me and my new iPad Pro and iOS11 on it.

Minimal iPad for work - how setting up an iPad Pro can be an exercise in minimalism and focus

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

Setting up a new device from scratch vs getting it from a backup...

Whenever I set up a new device - iPhone, iPad or a Mac - to maximize my productivity and reduce the pain of not having everything set up correctly, I do two things:

  1. I backup the old device and shut it down.
  2. I boot up the new device and restore it from the old backup.

That’s it. Two steps. Done. Easy, right?

The result is that after a short while my new device has the same apps, settings and data as my old one had. I can almost instantly continue working the same way I used to. Almost no productivity downtime. Which is great.

Except when it isn’t.

You see, this two step process is a quick win, but comes with major drawback:

It restores everything from my old device, including the crap that I kept there and wasn’t ever going to use anymore... basically, it comes with my apps, settings, data... and crap. It also comes with my old habits.

Let’s do it the hard way - and set everything from scratch!

Here’s how (and why) I did it:

Tuesday, July 4

🎧 The Podcast #103 - Stoicism

This week on The Podcast we discuss the modern take on Stoicism in the book A Guide to the Good life. (Amazon|Audible) I was skeptical at first but it turns out stoics have quite a few useful tips and tricks to help us navigate current world and be happy in the process:

The Podcast - 103 - Stoicism

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.

Tuesday, June 27

🎧 The Podcast #102 - iPad Only

This week on The Podcast we discuss the topic of iPadOnly! I’m trying to sell my co-host on the idea of treating the iPad as a real computer as I’ve written in my #iPadOnly book and on this blog. It’s a longer discussion than usual, but it’s worth the listen if you’re considering the iPad as a computing device:

The Podcast - 102 - iPad Only

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: \~ 65 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, June 23

🎧 The Podcast #101 - WWDC 2017 - our take on it!

This week on The Podcast we discuss Apple's WWDC 2017 conference - especially the new announcements - the ones we care about. The rest you know from news, but... I got lots of respect for my #iPadOnly ways! Why? Take a listen:

The Podcast - 101 - WWDC 2017 - our take on it!

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.

Monday, June 19

💡 7 Reasons why switching to the iPad as your main computer is not just about the iPad Pro and iOS11...

Now that Apple unveiled the new 10,5" iPad Pro (which I'm going to un-box this coming Wednesday - can't wait!) and announced some cool new ipad-only iOS 11 features, people again are flirting with a thought of using iPad for more serious work... and they'll be disappointed unless they actually change their mindset!

Switching to the iPad as your main computer is not just about the iPad Pro and iOS11...

I actually wrote about this quite recently and also in the past in my #iPadOnly book but let me repeat that again:

if you think that because you can get stuff done on your iMac or MacBook and after buying and iPad Pro you'll be able just to pick it up and use it as productively as your Mac, you're wrong.

iPad requires a change of the mindset. It's iOS, not macOS.

Again, I've written about it exetensively in my #iPadOnly book. Even though my book was written for the iOS6 era it still makes great points on why iOS is different, so let me give you the 7 reasons why it takes a bit of effort to be productive on the iPad:

Saturday, June 17

💯 Video of our 100th episode of The Podcast - celebrating two years podcasting weekly!

A week ago on WWDC in San Jose, California, we recorded our 100th episode of The Podcast - which is a great milestone - just two years in, we managed to record 100 episodes and we're enjoying it a lot. So cool the 100th espisode celebration happened when we were both at the same physical place - thousands of miles from our homes... and we recorded a video for you to enjoy:

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We're recording with only one microphone connected to my iPhone, we're totally tired and we're still jet-lagged. But hope you enjoyed this one - it's a great trip down the memory lane for us and hopefully for you.

Question: Which of our 100 episodes was your favorite?

Sent from my iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black

Friday, June 16

📢 Why I started doing webinars and why I'm loving them?

This post is about how I started doing productivity and NoOffice webinars and how this platform is changing the way I'm both teaching and learning new things! And I'd like to invite you to join my next webinar!

Why I started doing webinars and why I'm loving them?

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

Why do I love doing webinars so much?

Apart from running Nozbe what I also like doing is learning productivity - from you, from Nozbe users, from my Twitter followers... from everybody!

And as they say, the best way to learn something is to teach it... so I started doing webinars! Here's what my experience has been so far:

Wednesday, June 14

🎧 The Podcast #100 - Two years (celebration!)

This week on The Podcast we celebrate 2 full years of weekly podcasting and reaching of the 100 episodes milestone. We reflect on what we've learned and where we go from here, tune in and after that, say hi on Twitter and let me know which of our 100 episodes you enjoyed the most. Thanks for listening!

The Podcast - 100 - Two years (celebration!)

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.