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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Friday, January 20

▷ The Podcast #80 - Peak

Back after a break the first episode in 2017! This week on The Podcast we discuss the book Peak by Anders Ericsson Audible Amazon which has been one of the most important books for me over the last year and will influence the way I set goals for this year. It's all about deliberate practice and developing my skills for the future. Here's why:

The latest episode of The Podcast

Listen to this week's episode:

Subscribe to The Podcast in iTunes

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.

Wednesday, January 4

► Interview with Marek Zmyslowski - Getting Things Done in Africa - Productive! Show #108

Marek Zmyslowski is a long-time Nozbe user and he's been using our app throughout his long career of first running startups in Poland to then accepting a great challenge of moving to Africa to Nigeria and starting an online business there. In this interview, originally published on the Nozbe blog, he shares his productivity tips and tricks and gives us a glimpse into his life in Africa, which to me sounds really exciting (and kinda scary!):

Marek Zmyslowski

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...)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

▷ The Podcast #79 - Inevitable Transition

In the last episode of The Podcast for the 2016 we continue talking about technology and especially about the Mac and its transition from Intel processors to the ARM ones found in the modern smartphones and tablets. If you're curious about the future of computing, I invite you to listen to the sound of inevitability:

The latest episode of The Podcast

Listen to this week's episode:

Subscribe to The Podcast in iTunes

Time: ~ 38 minutes

Quick note: we'll be taking a break from podcasting for the first two weeks of 2017 and we'll be back mid-January and continue our weekly show. Happy New Year everyone and thanks for being amazing listeners this year!

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 28, 2016

► Interview with Jeff Sanders - Productivity for Podcasters - Productive! Show #107

As you know, I'm a regular podcaster these days. I've been publishing video interviews for a while now, but after more than 70 episodes of The Podcast and more than 7000 weekly listeners, I'm all about podcasting! And if you listen to podcasts, you might know my good friend Jeff Sanders whom I interviewed for the episode #102. He had me on his show, 5AM Miracle Podcast - episode 178 over a month ago, so I decided to publish my chat with him, which originally appeared on the Nozbe blog, where he shares his productivity tips for podcasters:

Jeff Sanders

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...)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

▷ The Podcast #78 - Underwhelming performance

This week on The Podcast we discuss technology, or more precisely, the new MacBook Pro 15" with Retina display that Radek just received. As the iPadOnly guy I'm just asking questions and throwing in a comment or two, but mostly it's Radek describing his experience with the new laptop from Apple. If you're interested about its performance, battery life, look and feel and "dongle-gate", this show is for you:

The latest episode of The Podcast

Listen to this week's episode:

Subscribe to The Podcast in iTunes

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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

► Interview with Glenn Williams - How to Delegate Tasks? - Productive! Show #106

It's amazing to be talking to people from different parts of the globe and to see how we influence lives of people and teams all over the world and this time I talk to Glenn Williams from Australia. I published this interview originally on the Nozbe blog but I think it can be very interesting for you as well, as Glenn's experience helping companies get more done and adapt to change is very inspiring:

Glenn Williams

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...)

Monday, December 19, 2016

✔ Apple Watch Only – a day in my life with the Series 2 Nike Apple Watch

I bought my first Apple Watch in May 2015, right after its world release. Even though the first version of the watch wasn’t perfect – both the software and hardware left a lot to be desired – I saw a huge potential in this product. It later became my gadget of the year. I just really loved the way I could access lots information “straight from my wrist.” Today, after a year and a half, WatchOS 3 and Apple Watch Series 2 are available, meaning that the potential has increased significantly! In this post I want to show you how much impact this device has on my life in a simple day-to-day scenario.

Apple Watch

Note: The following article appeared first in the 12/2016 issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

In this article I’d like to show you how much stuff I get done every day on my wrist. Especially now, after purchasing the Apple Watch Series 2 Nike version, I’m really beginning to discover the “smart” part of “smartwatch” and I’m seeing a wider range of capabilities on this platform. So, here’s one day out of my life with the Apple Watch. And it’s not just a hypothetical day! This is an account of what really happened on Monday November 21, 2016 - a day before I initially wrote this article. Here goes:

Thursday, December 15, 2016

▷ The Podcast #77 - Ego is the enemy

This week on The Podcast we discuss the book Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday Audible Amazon where we share our own stories of how ego influenced our decisions in the past, how we'll try to be better observing our ego kick in... and how uncomfortable it was to read this book altogether. It was a very important episode. Make sure to check it out:

The latest episode of The Podcast

Listen to this week's episode:

Subscribe to The Podcast in iTunes

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 14, 2016

► Interview with Erik Fisher - Beyond The Todo List host - Productive! Show #105

Recently I've been invited to many podcasts (thanks for having me :-) and one of my favorite ones was my guest appearance in Erik Fisher's Beyond The Todo List. We had such a great time that I invited Erik for an interview for the Nozbe blog and my community here on my personal blog. Hope you'll enjoy this interview as we discuss productivity essentials and Erik's methods for planning and staying on top of things.

Erik Fisher

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 9, 2016

☑️ My template for doing a Weekly Review

Weekly review is one of the keys to a better productivity and better life. The term was coined by David Allen in his book Getting Things Done and the idea is to perform a regular, weekly review of your life. It's a meeting we should schedule with ourselves to go through everything that happened last week, analyze it, learn from it, then clean up to plan and prepare for next week. Sounds easy, right? Well, it's not that easy but today to make things easier for you I've prepared my definite template for a great weekly review:

Weekly Review on Nozbe.how

Weekly Review at Nozbe.how

Weekly review is hard because we literally have to force oursevles to do it. We just don't have the time, right? I've been struggling with it, I've been escaping to a cafe to do it. I've gone through different approaches and I explained why it's important in the Step 8 of my 10-step Productivity Course. Before this template I published two simpler ones on #publicNozbe and on Nozbe.how but the one I'm linking to today is my most definite one:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

▷ 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:

Subscribe to The Podcast in iTunes

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, 2016

► 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, 2016

▷ 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:

Subscribe to The Podcast in iTunes

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, 2016

✔ 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, 2016

✔ 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.