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Tuesday, September 13

▷ The Podcast #64 - Garbage collection

This week on The Podcast we discuss how we learn new things thanks to taking notes and "spaced repetition learning". I even talk how I learned the basics of Japanese.

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Time: ~ 38 minutes

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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, September 8

▷ The Podcast #63 - Show me

This week on The Podcast we discuss creativity and its history in the book "How to fly a horse" Audible Amazon. We try to figure out what it really means to be creative and how we can become even more creative people.

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Time: ~ 37 minutes

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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, September 5

▷ The Podcast #62 - The path to the end

This week on The Podcast we discuss a little more of the book "Smarter Faster Better". It'll be also about me changing my mind all the time and so much more. Hope you'll like our insights:

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Time: ~ 32 minutes

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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, August 26

☆ TGIF - My team's attempt at working less, but better

Last week I decided to try a new policy at Nozbe. Something that might not seem logical from my perspective as a CEO. After all, I should want my team to work more. As much as possible, right? Well, I proposed something totally different. Let's work less, let's have fewer meetings and let's make more time for self development and weekly review. We called this new policy “Piąteczek” (in Polish), which you could translate to: TGIF as in “Thank God It's Friday”. Here's what it's all about:

Yoda helping us work less but better

Note: I originally posted this on Medium where I post about remote working as a part of NoOffice publication. I'd appreciate if you followed me there and recommended my posts, thanks!

Note 2: If you prefer a different “audio” version of this article, we discussed this new TGIF policy with my co-host Radek at the #60 eposide of The Podcast.

Introducing an experimental policy that will give us a more productive, yet shorter workweek with more time for a weekly review and for learning new things… or not.

We're already quite an unorthodox company. We all work remotely from our homes and we don't have a single physical office. We've been working like this for almost a decade and hundreds of thousands of users of our Nozbe app don't seem to mind that at all.

But we're not unorthodox just for the sake of it. We are like that because it works. Because we enjoy a better lifestyle thanks to our “No Office” arrangement.

After all, we're a productivity company. When we experiment, we do it for a reason. To work better. To be better. To grow better. And this new policy is supposed to help us exactly at that.

And it all started with 3 questions that I couldn't get off of my mind:

Thursday, August 25

▷ The Podcast #61 - Take the blame

This week on The Podcast we started discussing the book by Charles Duhigg, "Smarter Faster Better" (Audible / Amazon), where one of the key concepts was the idea of managers serving their team members and not the other way round. Of taking the blame of your team's mistakes and owning it, which I already wrote about here and most recently here. When we really warmed up (after about 10 min) the conversation got really interesting:

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Time: ~ 47 minutes

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Friday, August 19

▷ The Podcast #60 - TGIF

This week on The Podcast we discuss a new experimental policy we introduced at Nozbe which should help us work less, but better. It's got to do with 4-day workweeks, weekly reviews and personal development - so let me know what you think:

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Time: ~ 35 minutes

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Thursday, August 11

▷ The Podcast #59 - Abolishing hierarchies

This week on The Podcast we discuss the age-old productivity problems like sub-projects, sub-tasks and other challenges of software design. Plus my 7-year young daughter coding Swift and asking me to create functions:

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Time: ~ 39 minutes

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Thursday, August 4

✔ It’s been 4 years since I went #iPadOnly but the real era of iPads has just begun

When I went on vacation to the United States in 2012, only bringing my iPad 3 with Retina display with me, my colleagues from work and friends were astonished. They knew me well and knew that I didn’t go anywhere without my MacBook Air. And then, all of a sudden, I left it at home, bringing only my iPad for my two-week trip... saying I’d be trying to “work” on it from time to time. A few months later I was already #iPadOnly. The iPad 4 I got that fall officially became my main computer for work. That was also when I came up with the idea to write a book about using the iPad for work.

iPad and scrivener

Note: The following article appeared first in the 8/2016 issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

Along with my friend Augusto Pinaud, I published the book “#iPadOnly” in summer 2013. Although we wrote it on our iPads, we put it together in Scrivener on the Mac. We were disappointed that we couldn’t complete the whole process on iPad. Well, not anymore:

Wednesday, August 3

▷ The Podcast #58 - Peer Mentoring

This week on The Podcast we discuss a concept of "peer mentoring" which I firstly heard from my friend Wiktor Schmidt, which is about choosing mentors from your peers and scheduling time to mentor each other. Radek was pretty surprised by how I defined the concept and that my mentors don't have to be necessarily older than me. And that I see him as my mentor, too:

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(Photo of me and one of my mentors, TesTeq)

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Time: ~ 37 minutes

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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, August 2

✔ Why you should have a morning routine - intro to Productive! Magazine #33 with Laura McClellan

The new issue of Productive! Magazine has just been published. It is the next to last edition of my free magazine. It includes articles that will help you develop productivity-boosting habits and routines. If you really want to achieve your goals, don't miss this issue!

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This is the Editor's Note that I wrote for 33rd issue of Productive! Magazine. See why and what I do every morning :-)

For the last several months, one of my goals was to create a perfect morning routine in order to help me put myself in high gear. Frankly speaking, it took me some time. Mornings can be really difficult when we are tired, stressed and have a busy day ahead. On top of it all, we begin our days with a thousand new ideas to consider and decisions to make.

I knew that there was a link between not having a good morning routine and the mental fatigue and general feeling of being overwhelmed. I wanted to make it work! Here's why:

Monday, August 1

✔ No Office, Productivity and Running a successful online business - where I was invited to talk about these things?

As Nozbe and this blog became more popular, I got invited to many events, speaking engagements and podcast interviews. Some in English, some in my mother tongue (Polish). Here are a few I'm really proud of and where hopefully you can get value from by listening to me talking about No Office, productivity and business:

Michael Speaking

(Photo credit: Wojtek Frasz - me in front of a 2000 people audience on Element Talks conference earlier this year)

Here's the list. I've started with the most recent appearances:

Friday, July 29

► Jeff Sanders and dominating day before breakfast - Productive! Show #102

Michael talks to Jeff Sanders, the host of "The 5AM Miracle Podcast" and the author of a new book: "The 5 A.M. Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast."

He asks Jeff some essential questions concerning his book as well as waking up early and the whole "methodology" behind it.

"When you wake up early you can actually use your time wisely and get a lot done."

Jeff convinces that if you read his book you will get a list of think you could do to change your life!

He also gives you a whole bunch of practical tips and motivates you to change the way you plan your day.

Question: Have you tried to switch to rising early in the morning? How did it go?

Please post your comments below, thanks!

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Thursday, July 28

▷ The Podcast #57 - Discomfort Routine

This week on The Podcast we discuss waking up early consistently, importance of a good morning routine... because the last thing you want to do is starting your day procrastinating, right?

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Time: ~ 42 minutes

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Thursday, July 21

▷ The Podcast #56 - Thought Leadering

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk about this blog and the changes which are going to happen here. And a new bonus eBook I'm working on and I'm going to offer you when you sign up for my newsletter:

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The changes are coming very soon here to this blog. I really want to provide you, my reader with much more value here and I want to basically co-write my next year's book, NoOffice with you by blogging concepts of the book here and getting your feedback.

And I'm going to actually provide you with even more value when we connect via email.

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Monday, July 18

★ Optimism pays. Why optimistic people are successful and get more done

As everyone probably knows, I’m an incurable optimist. For some, it’s even become something to joke about :-) Not that I have a problem with that – it means that my optimistic attitude is working, and it’s contagious. Optimism helps me in every aspect: relationships with others, business, managing my team and… productivity. In this article I want to show you why:

Optimism

Note: This article was first published in Polish as The Editor's Note in Productive! Magazine Polska in June '16.

(Not) a difficult choice

Just consider these two options: you can complain about having too much work... or be happy that you have a job, that you have control over a lot of things, and that you achieve bigger or smaller successes thanks to your own effort. You can be depressed if a campaign that you organized didn’t have the desired outcome... or you can get the team together, analyze all the data and create a new, more effective campaign. Which of these options sounds more appealing?

You tell me: