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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, June 19

✔️ After 10 years, GTD Summit is back!

It’s been 10 years since the “father of GTD”, David Allen - the author of the best-selling book “Getting Things Gone - the art of stress-free productivity” (Amazon|Audible), organized a conference dedicated to being productive - the GTD Summit. I was there last time (in 2009 in San Francisco, USA) and I’m here this time (Amsterdam, The Netherlands in Europe) and I can’t wait to meet my fellow over-achievers here.

After 10 years, GTD Summit is back!

Joined by Polish GTD ninja and a GTD coach!

Just like 10 years ago, I’m at this conference with the black belt of Polish GTD folks - my long-time friend: Krzysztof “TesTeq” Wysocki, the author of a very popular Polish blog on business productivity: “Biznes bez stresu”. (Pictured above with me just before the start of the conference). This time I’m also joined with the official Polish GTD coach - a good friend Jakub Ujejski. I’m in a really great company here!

I’m still a GTD fan to the core :-)

My original inspiration for designing Nozbe was the Backpack app by 37signals mixed with 3 basic concepts from Getting Things Done: projects, next actions and contexts... and even though over the years my app evolved into its own system - and now it’s becoming a “to-do app for teams”, I’m still a big fan of David’s work and my book “10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity” is an compilation of my own habits mixed with several productivity systems, including GTD.

That’s why I’m so happy to be here for the next two days and spend time with fellow GTD enthusiasts and learn more from them how to be a better leader, better person and a better productivity guy!

P.S. Is Amsterdam a city of Hamsters?

Before I came here I told my 7-year old Emilia that “daddy is going to Amsterdam for a conference” and she responded with ”say hi 👋 to all the hamsters 🐹 from me!” and when I made a strange faced she quickly explained: ”you just said you were going to Hamster-dam, right?”....

Now I cannot un-hear it. Hamsterdam it is and I’m happy to be here for this decade-in-the-making meeting of GTD aficionados.

Monday, June 3

😂 MindBlower - un-official Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference symbol I’m giving away for free at the event

This year I’m at the WWDC conference in San Jose, California and I get to watch Apple Keynote live and witness the new software Apple is presenting. To commemorate this I’ve designed and The Podcast co-host Radek 3D-printed a symbol of this conference - a MindBlower (TM). Here’s how this idea came to be.

MindBlower - un-official Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference symbol

Conference swag should be about the event

Radek came up with this idea first when he was 3D printing “React” logo at the React conferences (our new Nozbe 4 is designed in React technology) and he saw how people liked the gadget and how they wanted to have it. As we both were preparing to travel for the WWDC conference he suggested I designed something similar for this conference. I loved the idea but initially I didn’t know what to do. Should that be just an Apple logo or something else?

Friday, May 31

🎧🎬 The Podcast #188 - Michael 4.0

This week on The Podcast we discuss me turning forty and as I’ve reached this milestone you’ll have me trying to share some words of wisdom:

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 188 - Michael 4.0

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, May 22

🎧🎬 The Podcast #187 - Camino

This week on The Podcast we discuss the pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago which I did earlier this month with my wife to celebrate our 40 - and Radek had lots of questions! Listen up:

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 187 - Camino

Listen to the entire episode (~ 46 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.

Monday, May 20

😎 Michael 4.0 - redesigned and happier than ever

Today I’m turning 40. Forty. Yep, that’s four full decades of life for you right there. I can’t believe how quickly time flies. When I was a child, I used to think this was a monumental milestone... when I’ll be very very old... and yet here we are and I don’t feel that old. I feel great. Actually, I feel the best I’ve ever been. In this post I want to sum it up a little and express how grateful I am for turning forty today.

Michael 4.0 - redesigned and happier than ever

I’ve redesigned myself a little...

To honor my forty and as a result of my recent pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (about which I’m going to both blog and talk on the podcast pretty soon), I’ve grown a beard. Something my father has had all his life. It’s not definite, I still feel strange about having facial hair... but for now I think it’s a great way of celebrating this milestone.

The funny thing is, that this year, there’s more to number 4 than meets the eye....

Friday, May 10

🎧🎬 The Podcast #186 - The courage to be disliked

This week on The Podcast we discuss yet another book, this time “The courage to be disliked” (Amazon|Audible) and why we need more of that type of courage in our lives:

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 186 - The courage to be disliked

Listen to the entire episode (~ 38 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, May 8

🎧🎬 The Podcast #185 - Factfullness

Last week on The Podcast we discussed the book by Hans Rosling called “Factfullness” (Amazon|Audible) and why the world is much better than we think. Check it out!

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 185 - Factfullness

Listen to the entire episode (~ 48 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.

Tuesday, April 30

🎧🎬 The Podcast #184 - Digital Minimalism

Lasy week on The Podcast we discussed the book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (Amazon|Audible) and Radek challenged me to drop social media for a month. Listen up:

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 184 - Digital Minimalism

Listen to the entire episode (~ 45 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.

Monday, April 22

🎬 N is 4 Nozbe - full video of the podcast 183

As the latest 183rd episode of the podcast was recorded live on our semi-annual Nozbe Reunion we decided to record the full video - here it is for your enjoyment - with more details like our new Nozbe longsleeve shirts, coasters, stickers... and tattoos!

N is 4 Nozbe - full video of the podcast 183

Friday, April 19

🎧🎬 The Podcast #183 - N is 4 Nozbe

This week on The Podcast we met in person on Nozbe Reunion and discussed the new Nozbe 4 branding and logo... and the process and discussions (and fighting!) behind it.

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 183 - N is 4 Nozbe

Listen to the entire episode (~ 38 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.

Thursday, April 18

😎 Challenge: social media sabbatical for a month

Yesterday with Radek we recorded the 184th episode of “The Podcast” where we’ll be discussing Cal Newport’s new book - Digital Minimalism (Amazon|Audible) - and the episode will air next week... but while recording Radek challenged me to do a fully-blown social media sabbatical (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook) for the next 30 days. No Twitter. No Instagram. No Facebook. No Social Media. And I accepted it! Here are the rules:

Challenge: social media sabbatical for a month

Social Media Sabbatical Rules:

OK. Time to set up some ground rules. Here’s what I’ve done:

Thursday, April 4

🎧🎬 The Podcast #182 - Purple Day

This week on The Podcast we talk about WHY we’ve decided to launch Nozbe 4 today and why it’s a big deal for the future of our company.

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 182 - Purple Day

Listen to the entire episode (~ 40 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, April 3

🎧🎬 The Podcast #181 - The Deadline

Tomorrow we‘re shipping the „beta preview“ of the future of my company. The future of Nozbe... the Nozbe 4 and in this episode of The Podcast we discuss the „when“ - how we came up with the deadline of 4/4 and how our development process of Nozbe 4 came to be.

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 181 - The Deadline

Listen to the entire episode (~ 42 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, March 27

🎧🎬 The Podcast #180 - Childhood bribes

Last week on The Podcast we discussed the way we were bribed as children... or (de) motivated by grades, exams or competitions... a very personal episode right there:

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 180 - Childhood bribes

Listen to the entire episode (~ 53 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.

Friday, March 22

🎧🎬 The Podcast #179 - Punished by rewards

Last week on The Podcast we discussed the book by Alfie Kohn, “Punished by Rewards” and the consequences of both punishment and praise... I encourage you to check the discussion out - this book is literally one of the most impactful books I’ve read in a while.

Check out the short teaser:

The Podcast - 179 - Punished by rewards

Listen to the entire episode (~ 45 min):

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If you liked it, please rate us on Apple Podcasts, thanks!

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.