Wednesday, January 27

▷ The Podcast #31 - Topic Selection Problem (and upcoming Nozbe 3.0)

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk a lot about upcoming Nozbe 3.0 and our 9th anniversary (time flies!) and the new Nozbe Business accounts. Lots of behind-the-scenes info. Especially how our new logo came to be:

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I can't believe it's been already 31 episodes of this podcast... But I'm most impressed with running Nozbe so many years now! I started as a one man shop back in 2007 and now...

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Monday, January 25

✔ Wow, you're so successful! What's next for you?

In just a week I'll be celebrating 9 years of running Nozbe - a productivity project I launched on February 1, 2007. Nine years. Almost a decade. Started with a team of one. And now we're 24 core team and 10 contractors. I can't believe how fast the time flies and that I've been doing the same thing for almost a decade. So the obvious question is: now what?

Next?

What's next for me now? What's next for you?

When I get interviewed or chat with people about Nozbe's success thus far, about our apps for all platforms, more than 300,000 happy users and our team, I get asked this question a lot: Michael, what's next for you?

Now that I'm approaching 9th birthday of my "baby" I've been giving this question particular attention so let me share the way I see it:

Wednesday, January 20

▷ The Podcast #30 - More Research Required

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk about SpaceX (again) and we follow up on goal setting and habits... like journaling... and we share first tips about upcoming Nozbe 3.0:

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As to journaling I do live demo to Radek how to journal on the Apple Watch - something I described in my yesterday's post about the Apple Watch.

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Tuesday, January 19

★ My Tech Gadget of 2015: The Apple Watch

Last year brought lots of things from my favorite fruit company (Apple) into my life: iMac 5K, iPad Pro, iPhone 6s Plus, new Apple TV and an Apple Watch. And without a doubt the gadget of the year for me was the small computer on my wrist:

AppleWatch

In 2014 I was blown away by my gigantic iPhone+ but in 2015 I was surprised at how much I fell in love with wearing my Apple Watch.

Yes, it's still pretty slow, the apps are not there yet, the battery life is rubbish... but I still love it for communication, fitness and being a dashboard:

  • our Nozbe complication rocks - especially when it's zeroed out at the end of the day (see photo above) and staying on top of things with my iPhone in my pocket or even left in my home office just rocks
  • fitness circles still motivate me. My the podcast co-host even signed up for gym because of them
  • talking to the wrist when calling to people is not only cool but also very practical

At the end of the day, this gadget changed my habits and improved my life. I bought it initially out of curiosity but I've grown to love this device and I'm so used to wearing it on my wrist every day that I feel naked without it.

And I can even speak to it to add entries to my journal. (If you want to do the same, here's my workflow). How cool is that?

Question: What's your gadget of 2015?

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Monday, January 18

✔ Productive Plan for 2016 - how to achieve goals month after month!

2016 has started - new opportunities, new plans, new goals... Thatʼs why today Iʼd like to discuss my recipe for ultimate productivity and help you achieve your objectives for this year... I hope that weʼll all succeed in making our New Yearʼs Resolutions happen. Letʼs get started!

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Note: The following article appeared first in the December'15 issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

January - summary and planning

Once you've read this blog entry, move on to a serious review of the past year.

Dedicate a whole day for it. Take time off from your usual work and focus on making a summary of your successes and failures and draw conclusions. Next, plan new goals for 2016. Start off ambitiously. Step out of your comfort zone. Donʼt give up. Ask yourself: "What do I need to achieve to make 2016 my best year ever?"

February - revision of plans

Check whether youʼve done anything towards achieving your goals. You may notice that you haven't made any progress on some of them. Maybe itʼs time to abandon these objectives? Right now you may be realizing that youʼve set too many of them...

Maybe itʼs time to revise your goals and focus only on those which are directly related to your passions and aspirations? Maybe itʼs time to stop dreaming and start real planning? Here's my tip:

Wednesday, January 13

▷ The Podcast #29 - Bound To Happen

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk about New Year's Resolutions for 2016 - how we do them and what we've learned in 2015:

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I also forget to press "record" for the first time so we had to repeat recording the first 30 minutes of the show. We need a pre-flight checklist. I've also commented on my 2015 review. As always, we had a blast and left you a few tips in there. Enjoy!

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Monday, January 11

☆ There is no office…

I’m a big fan of the movie Matrix. It has quite a few memorable scenes. One of the best is when a boy is “bending” the spoon. In this article I’d like to explain how this scene has everything to do with how we get things done every single day:

There is no spoon

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Try to realize the truth: there is no spoon.

In this scene the boy is telling Neo, the main character, that bending a spoon is impossible… but as they are in the Matrix, the truth is that there is no spoon, and the only thing they can bend is themselves… not the spoon.

There is no office… there is only work that needs to get done!

It’s so funny to me that the modern pre-requisite of getting job done is the office. It’s like there is an equation between the two: work = office!

Maybe, but if you think about, why would you need an office? Here are a few reasons:

Thursday, January 7

✔ 2015 for me: pretty stable overall...

This time it took me a while to do some thinking and reviewing. We're 7 days in 2016 and I'm still processing all the lessons I've learned from 2015. Overall it's been a pretty stable year for me, but some things didn't go as planned or were more challenging that I anticipated. Here goes:

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My 2015 in a nutshell would be like this:

I'm still a fit triathlete, but didn't reach my fitness goals, although had lots of fun riding my bike, running and swimming. I gained a few pounds of weight which I need to lose this month to prepare properly for what's to come in 2016. In business I doubled my team count while maintaining the business revenue at the same level as last year. This means in 2016 I need to do less hiring and more marketing, to make up for all of it.

This is the gist of it. If you want to know more, keep reading:

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

▷ The Podcast #28 - Empty intellectual calories

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk about Christmas gift ideas:

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Christmas is a fantastic time to talk about gifts, the art of giving things and experiences... and when in doubt, LEGO always works. Even for adults.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

★ Christmas gift ideas: give experiences instead of things

Three days to Christmas and we're all thinking about the preparations, gifts and everything around it. I just came back to my home town to spend this special day with my parents. And while I was completing my checklist of gifts for my family and friends I remembered my last year's gift I got from my wife:

michael driving Ferrari

Nope. My wife didn't buy me a Ferrari. But what she did do, is recognize I'm a big car guy and Formula 1 fan... So she got me a voucher to drive a Ferrari on an actual F1 track in Barcelona!

Suffice to say I loved my gift! And what we did is make a weekend out of it! We flew to Barcelona for a romantic weekend, thanks to a friend got a really nice hotel for ourselves and made a weekend out of it! So not only did I get to drive a Ferrari but I also got to spend a great weekend with my lovely wife! Now that's a gift I'll keep in my memories for a long long time!

And it's not really about anything that fancy as driving a Ferrari. When my mom celebrated her birthday we got her a lunch in a very historic place... So basically we organized a whole-day trip with my parents to celebrate her birthday! She loved it!

And I'm not saying all things are bad! Most are great! Just I think we give too many "stuff" as gifts. Let's think we can give experiences and we can give someone really amazing memories!

Question: What experiences have you given as gifts lately?

P.S. If you're curious this is how I enjoyed my last year's gift:

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

▷ The Podcast #27 - It's like flossing!

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk about weekly review. How important it is and how hard it can be:

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One quote for you before you listen:

"The Weekly Review should be done at least once a month!"

Doesn't make sense!? It will when you listen to our show:

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

► How to be really productive? Interview with Grace Marshall for the Productive! Magazine 31

Grace Marshall is a naturally disorganised productivity coach, chief encourager at grace-marshall.com and a productivity ninja with the team at Think Productive. Today she speaks with Michael about the work-life rhythm that should replace the work-life balance. She also gives soem tips on how to be really productive not just busy.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

☆ Open spaces: the Industrial Age of the 21st Century?

If Facebook, the $300B company is building the “biggest open space in the world”, they have to be doing something right? Right? Wrong… Why? Because productivity.

In January of 2010 I was traveling to Silicon Valley. It was my second trip to this “Mecca” of startups. I was just about to celebrate my third year running my own small productivity company, Nozbe, and my friends from Codility invited me to join them on a trip to the Valley and visit some of the best companies in the world. It was so great. To me personally, visiting different offices was so much fun. Just seeing how the best of the best organize their work and get stuff done was eye-opening. But my eyes really popped out when I finally visited the offices of Facebook. I saw this:

Open Office

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Facebook is “fostering collaboration”, right?

Industrial Age of the 21st century…

I was in the office of the most successful company in the Silicon Valley. That same company that was growing like crazy and “aqui-hiring” the best and most talented small software companies in the world. They were famous for hiring or getting the best engineers around…

And then they put them in that office. Seriously.

It was a huge “open space” where everyone would sit next to each other like workers in the factories of the Industrial Age in the 19th century. Yes, they’d give them the best tools of the 21st century, like iMacs, screens, chairs… but then they’d just cram them next to each other.

And they’d expect them to do their best work.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

✔ Workflow optimization - intro to Productive! Magazine No.31 with Grace Marshall

Optimization is a really popular term nowadays, and I guess because of that its meaning has faded and lost some of its value. It's a pity, because I see optimization as one of the crucial elements of productivity. It lets me save time and effort and maintain the quality of my work.

This is the Editor's Note that I wrote for 31st issue of Productive! Magazine. See how you can use the workflow optimization rules employed in plants and factories to improve your personal productivity and team effectiveness.

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Process optimization is often discussed in terms of business and industry, not in regards to personal productivity, however it is really easy to spot the similarities.

Three crucial parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance in plants and factories are equipment optimization, operating procedures, and control optimization. It sounds kind of formal, but if we take a closer look at it, it all becomes really obvious:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

▷ The Podcast #26 - Punishment for naming sins

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we're reflecting on exactly half a year of podcasting, what we've learned so far, what we're grateful for:

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I also admit to have sold my Yahoo shares and bought one unit of Tesla stock. Still not my dream Tesla Model X car, but now I'm a minority shareholder of my favorite car company.

We discuss more ergonomics and our preference for trying to own fewer things but better... The episode on the contrary was longer than expected but it as a good one, please let me know what you think!

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