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?

Just check my Twitter: @MSliwinski or my up-to-date NOW page. To be in touch with me subscribe to my mailing list. Thanks!

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Thursday, December 8

▷ The Podcast #76 - Management by walking around

This week on The Podcast we continue discussing concepts from a book by David Burkus: Under New Management (Audible / Amazon) - this time we focus on open spaces - open offices and why in our opinion they really suck for focused work. We also pick up a controversial concept of transparent salaries and reveal how we're approaching this in our own company, Nozbe - I'd love to get your feedback on that:

The latest episode of The Podcast

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 42 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 7

► Interview with Mike St Pierre - Getting Things Done at schools - Productive! Show #104

Mike is a great friend. I originally did this interview with him for the Nozbe blog. He is a blogger, host of "The Emergent Leader Podcast", and ex-president of Morris Catholic High School and a father of 4 children. As you might guess, he uses Nozbe to get organized with all his projects. In this interview he explains how we uses Nozbe.how templates to create more structured projects and we dive deeper into the "weekly review" concept and why it's so important!

Mike St Pierre

This interview was originally published on Nozbe blog.

After you've watched this video, make sure to check out my podcasts and the entire Productive! Show archive.

I've done a few great interviews for this blog, check them out (Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Leo Babauta, Brian Tracy...)

Friday, December 2

▷ The Podcast #75 - Under New Management

This week on The Podcast we discuss a book by David Burkus: Under New Management (Audible / Amazon) and its radical ideas for running a business. It turns out these ideas are closer to our #NoOffice way of running Nozbe than we thought. Just listen up:

The latest episode of The Podcast

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, December 1

✔ How to communicate effectively with a team using the latest apps

As you know, at Nozbe we don’t have a central office. We all work from our homes. When I talk about it, people look at me with disbelief and doubt. Especially when I tell them that our core team consists of more than 20 people and we also regularly work with several other companies. We do everything remotely and over the Internet. And with the use of the latest apps. Today, on December 1, 2016, I'm releasing a new book that talks all about it: "No Office Apps":

apps

The fact that we work entirely remotely may seem like an obstacle but it has made us think about effective forms of communication. We can’t simply walk up to a colleague’s desk so we had to learn to communicate in different ways. Working in a remote team made us realize that effective work in a distributed group requires communication on many layers and that using modern apps can help us achieve our objectives more easily.

In this article I’m going to describe the apps that we use and briefly discuss how we use them.

If you want a longer version of this article and a deeper dive into this subject, please get my latest book here: "No Office Apps How the Nozbe team uses modern technologies to communicate better and get more done." - it's completely free! :-)

Monday, November 28

✔ How “baby” iPad Pro became my computer of the year 2016

I’m writing this article just before Apple’s MacBook Pro event. It’s about time. Many of my colleagues can’t wait to replace their old MacBook Pros with the new models. I’m not that impatient, since I already picked my computer of the year. It's my 10-inch iPad Pro, which I call “baby Pro.” About a month ago I wrote about my hesitation about which iPad I should continue to use. I started having doubts about whether the large, 13-inch iPad Pro is doing a good job as my main computer. After more than three months of tests, I finally chose the winner. It’s the smaller iPad Pro, and in this article I’d like to tell you why. As a bonus, I’ll tell you how my #iPadOnly workflow looks right now with the example of writing this article... on my favorite iPad.

baby iPad

Note: The following article appeared first in the 6/2016 issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

Friday, November 25

▷ The Podcast #74 - Disrupted

This week on The Podcast we discuss a book by Dan Lyons about startups called "Disrupted". It's a humorist cautionary tale of how a company shouldn't be run and what's broken at the startup industry. We also argue that we think Nozbe never was a startup although we are in the technology industry. It's a short and good listen, so enjoy:

The latest episode of The Podcast

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 37 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, November 24

☆ Let's give thanks and donate to help buy computer equipment for orphans! [on: Nozbe blog]

Today is Thanksgiving. It's about being thankful for what we've got. For people we have around us. To me it's also a day when I think what I can do to help others, who are less fortunate than me. In one of my past blog posts I explained that at Nozbe we have a policy of putting away a certain percentage of our profits to charity every month. and last week we've used some of this money to help orphans get computer equipment - and today, in the spirit of Thanksgiving I'd like to encourage you to donate to EneDue.org and do your part. Thanks!

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"Yes, my children are lucky because they have a mom and dad, that’s why with this short video I want to encourage you to send a unique gift this Christmas to the children who are not as fortunate and live in orphanages."

"The long story is that my friend Karol Zielinski, has been running this thing for 3 years now, where he’s been collecting money to buy gifts for the children in orphanages. This year is a little different because he wants to buy computer equipment for these kids and teach them programming skills."

"I vouch for this cause because I know Karol personally and I know that all of the money he raises we’ll be spent on the stuff for the kids."

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Friday, November 18

▷ The Podcast #73 - Quarterly Offsite

This week on The Podcast we discuss how every 3 months we review our last quarter and then plan the next one. We took this idea from the "Essentialism" book by Greg McKeown which I reviewed last year. So far these offsites have been really great for me and together with Radek we dive deep into how we do it and what we've learned from this so far:

The latest episode of The Podcast

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 46 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, November 17

► Last year's interview with Marcus Platt on Little Book of Nozbe

This interview was published last year on our Nozbe YouTube Channel but it's very relevant still for people trying out getting organized with Nozbe - and it's an amazing example of why I love what I do, when I get to talk to fans of our work who build something new based on it. This is what Marcus did - he wrote a book about Nozbe Little Book Of Nozbe and a lite version and now updated it to Nozbe 3. In this interview you'll learn behind the scenes of how the book came to be and what was his motivation to write it and our to help him promote it :-)

Interview with Marcus

If you liked this episode, make sure to share it and let me know on social media.

This was episode 103. For the past episodes of the Productive Show please check out the archives where I interview some amazing folks for the Productive! Magazine and this site. Thanks!

Thursday, November 10

▷ The Podcast #72 - Accept Your Weakness

This week on The Podcast we continue our discussion of morning routines with a deeper dive into weekly plan. How we plan our weeks? How we put themes on each day? How we take into account the fact that we're just human beings with our flaws and faults?

The latest episode of The Podcast

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 38 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.

Sunday, November 6

▷ The Podcast #71 - Friction Management

This week on The Podcast we discuss morning routines again. This time my co-host Radek is sharing in depth how he managed to design his morning in such a way that he wakes up consistently at the same time and has a successful start of the day. Lots of great tips and hacks there that help him overcome early procrastination temptations. I also mention my journaling technique which helps me stay consistent with this habit. Let me know what you think:

The latest episode of The Podcast

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 43 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 2

✔ How I finally get daily journaling done with a workflow on my iPhone

I've read countless times on the positive aspects of daily journaling. People I admire like Michael Hyatt (author: Living Forward), Tim Ferriss (author: Four Hour Workweek) or Greg McKeown (author: Essentialism) are all keeping a daily journal. Studies show that journaling is really good for you as it gives you a moment of reflection, helps you maintain perspective and organize your thoughts - all are the things we need in this increasingly busy and distraction-prone world. The problem is, it's easier said than done. I've tried journaling many times in the past and always failed, but now finally I'm doing it constantly and I'm really enjoying it. In this lengthy post I want to share how I managed to do it and hopefully give you a shortcut and motivate you to start journaling today!

Star journaling today!

It's about figuring out your “what”, “how” and “when” of journaling

I've tried and failed many times over to create a habit of journaling. I've tried dedicated paper notebooks, dedicated apps like Day One as well as simple notes apps like Evernote or plain text… but couldn't find a way to reduce the barrier to entry to such a point that it'd make journaling a part of my daily routine. It wasn't just about the “how” though (apps, tools), it was also about the “what”, meaning I wasn't sure what to put in my journal. What I should really write about? And lastly, I didn't know when to incorporate my journaling as a part of my daily routine. In short, I needed three things to make it all work: a good template (what), an easy system (how) and a good routine to trigger journaling (when). Here's how I cracked it:

Tuesday, November 1

▷ The Podcast #70 - People Want To Work

Last week on The Podcast we discussed LIVE in the same room on Nozbe Reunion about our TGIF Thank Goodness It's Friday policy. How we like it so far. How it's been for us and for other people. If we're still keeping it around. Listen to find out:

The latest episode of The Podcast

Listen to this week's episode:

BTW: it's been our 70th episode! Wow, never thought we'd be so consistent with our podcast! And we've got ideas for many shows to come!

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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.

Monday, October 24

▷ The Podcast #69 - Sharing

Last week on The Podcast we continued our discussion which started on episode 68 about technologies that are inevitably going to rule our lives. We talked deeper about sharing and remixing - how laws and rules will have to adopt to what's coming and is indeed inevitable:

The latest episode of The Podcast

Listen to this week's episode:

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Time: ~ 42 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.

Saturday, October 15

▷ The Podcast #68 - The Inevitable

This week on The Podcast we discuss the book The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly ( Audible Amazon ) to discuss the technologies and trends that are going to shape the future. The author doesn't have all the answers. We don't have them as well, but we think the author is very good at pointing things out that are... well... inevitable:

The latest episode of The Podcast

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.