Friday, May 19

🎧 The Podcast #97 - Schooling

This week on The Podcast we discuss the schooling system - how it works or actually why it doesn't. If you want to learn a little more about my history of formal education and what I did during college and what I think about it, check it out:

The Podcast - 97 - Schooling

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Time: ~ 43 minutes

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Friday, May 12

🎧 The Podcast #96 - Working while traveling

This week on The Podcast we discuss tips and tricks of working when on the road. When traveling to a conference or just plain moving around with your work - outside of the comfort of your regular home office. What to take, what NOT to take, how to set your expectations, etc...

The Podcast - 96 - Working while traveling

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Time: ~ 38 minutes

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Wednesday, May 10

πŸ“– The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - (audio) book of the week

As a reader of my blog you might have noticed that I'm a big fan of minimalism, I've been counting clothes for a while and I've been trying to keep my home office as neat and tidy as possible. Yes, I love that stuff. That's why when my wife started raving about this new book by a Japanese author, Marie Kondo: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever I was curious on one hand but a little suspicious on the other. I mean, what else there is to know about clutter? Right? Well, it's amazing how I got converted:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever - (audio) book of the week

Get this book on: Audible | Amazon

Book review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever

When I started reading this book, my suspicions got even more serious. The author promises to teach a way to clean your clutter once and for all. That once done, your place will be clutter free forever. I mean, really forever? Who can promise something like that? It's a big promise to give so let's see if she's right:

Friday, May 5

🎧 The Podcast #95 - Living in the future

This week on The Podcast we discuss how it is to live in the future. What do we mean by that? Check the episode and find out :-) (It's about cutting edge technologies, hardware, software... and also the style of life) - as someone said: "the future is already there, but it's not evenly distributed" - and we do have access to futuristic stuff:

The Podcast - 95 - Living in the future

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Time: ~ 36 minutes

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Thursday, April 27

🎧 The Podcast #94 - Insanely Simple

This week on The Podcast we discuss simplicity concepts in our day-to-day communication with other people, inspired by a book on Steve Jobs by Ken Segall - Insanely Simple (Audible | Amazon) - I try to understand how to use empathy in a very productive way. Let me know your thoughts - it's a short one but a good one - only 30 minutes:

The Podcast - 94 - Insanely Simple

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Time: ~ 30 minutes

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Thursday, April 20

🎧 The Podcast #93 - Dare to try

This week on The Podcast we discuss productivity in general - how we got interested in this field, why we keep sharing our productivity tips and tricks and why we're passionate about this topic... and why you should dare to try these tricks yourself and not believe a get-productive-quick schemes. We're for real, here's how:

The Podcast - 93 - Dare to try

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Time: ~ 45 minutes

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Friday, April 14

🎧 The Podcast #92 - Fooled by Randomness

This week on The Podcast we discuss the book, Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb (Audible | Amazon) The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets - and it's a pretty rambly and random discussion on how we as people try to make sense of the world without really understanding it. Hope you'll join the conversation and let me know in the comments how you see randomness in your life:

The Podcast - 92 - Fooled by Randomness

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Time: ~ 42 minutes

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Friday, April 7

🎧 The Podcast #91 - Best City

This week on The Podcast we meet again in person on Nozbe Reunion in the beautiful city of ToruΕ„ - where actually my co-host Radek lives. We discuss take-aways from this reunion, what we learned, improved, what pranks we pulled and how much we've improved as a Nozbe team. And for the first time we recorded this show on video. Check it out, it's a short one but a great one:

The Podcast - 91 - Best City

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Time: ~ 35 minutes

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Friday, March 31

🎧 The Podcast #90 - Too risky

This week on The Podcast we discuss a dangerous subject of politics. How not to piss people off but still discuss values and promote them among your tribe and outside of it. How to stay true to what you believe in. Now, how to do it? Please listen and send me feedback.

The Podcast - 90 - Too risky

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Time: ~ 43 minutes

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Friday, March 24

πŸ“– Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson - (audio) book of the week

One of the key ways we can improve our health and the overall state of our body is by sleeping more and better. Yes, not less. Not depriving ourselves from sleep, but rather by designing our life in such a way that sleep is a strategic part of it. That's why this week I want to recommend a book that made me feel really uneasy and helped me realize why sleeping is so important. This book forced me to change the way I approach sleep. Here's why:

Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson - (audio) book of the week

Get this book on: (Amazon|Audible)

Book review: Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson - 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success

(Note: I also discussed this book on the 87th episode of The Podcast with my co-host Radek, if you prefer the audio version with more comments)

Very few times when reading a book, the book would make me feel bad about myself while still encouraging me to keep reading. The last book like this was Essentialism. Now this book about sleeping made me realize I should not approach sleep like a "necessary evil" but as a strategic part of my day. And that there are so many things I need to fix to make sure I get a good night's sleep, here are a few that really stood out:

Thursday, March 23

🎧 The Podcast #89 - Shutdown ritual

This week on The Podcast we discuss how we finish our day's work. How to close the day and get ready for the new one. How to set boundries between work and life, especially when you work from home - #NoOffice all the way! - it's a short one full of cool productivity tips, check it out:

The Podcast - 89 - Shutdown ritual

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Thursday, March 16

βœ”οΈ β„–34 with Greg McKeown - the last (essential) issue of the Productive! Magazine

From the editor of the Productive! Magazine β„–34 with Greg McKeown: Do you know that this is the last time we meet here? This issue of Productive! Magazine marks the end of our series. All the archive editions will be certainly kept online so that you can always come back to your favorite articles and recommend them to the people who might need some inspiration or advice. In this post I'll explain why and how we're finishing off our magazine:

The last issue of the Productive! Magazine

That uncomfortable feeling - closing down the magazine after 8+ years...

You might be wondering why I decided to close down the publication. In brief: I want to focus on only the crucial projects of mine, meaning - those directly related to Nozbe. I’ve determined that I can't get distracted by doing the tasks that won't take me any closer to my main goals. I’ve always felt badly working on tasks like that. Whenever I got really involved with them, I felt guilty about not using my energy to accomplish the most important, company-related goals. And when I wasn't truly engaged, I was angry with myself for not doing my best. If you happen to know this feeling, try to follow my steps and become really selective about the stuff you decide to work on. If you don't have problems like that - congratulations! But I encourage you to analyze your projects in terms of your yearly goals anyway :-)

It's all about being honest...

Wednesday, March 15

🎧 The Podcast #88 - Solitude

This week on The Podcast we discuss technology and we start off with our new noise-cancelling headphones from Bose - QC35 - and why Radek calls them "solitude" and I call mine "serenity". And my previous experiences with Bose QC20 and my wife's love for Beats Solo 3 Wireless. We also talk about my iPad setup, iPhone rumors and Radek's MacBook Pro updates. If you're a technology geek, this episode is for you!

The Podcast - 88 - Solitude

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Time: ~ 51 minutes

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Tuesday, March 14

β–Ί Interview with Greg McKeown on Essentialism - Productive! Magazine's last interview (issue #34)

I've been a long-time fan of the book: Essentialism - the disciplined pursuit of less. I read the book twice and I wanted to have its author, Greg McKeown, as a cover interview for the Productive! Magazine - and just we've decided to shut down our magazine, we managed to get him on - which gives us the best farewell ever - we're focusing on what's essential for us (Nozbe) and appreciate what we had and experienced with the magazine, and closing the magazine down with a double-message of essentialism:

Greg McKeown

This interview is pretty long, but it's really worth watching it - we've covered lots of topics and really nailed down the Essentialism part

You can read more about the last issue of the Productive! Magazine on the Nozbe blog.

Thanks for being a part of the Productive! Magazine - I've been running it more than 8 years now but it was the time to finish it up with a blast and focus on other ways we can do to help people get more done.

Thanks!

Your editor-in-chief of the Productive! Magazine

  • Michael Sliwinski

P.S. 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, March 10

πŸ’‘ 3 reasons why I'm enjoying my jet black iPhone 7 Plus so much?

I've been writing on this blog for a while about my iPhones and my special love for the "Plus size" iPhone but now that I've had the latest iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black, my love grew even stronger for this particular device and I'm enjoying it even more. Here's why:

Why I'm enjoying my jet black iPhone 7 Plus so much?

Plus size is almost perfect!

Yes, I still love the big screen - the more display real estate just helps me get more things done every day. Can't express it enough, it just works. When I look at the smaller size phones I'm like: "how can you use this tiny thing?" - and that's my point of view even though I'm a relatively short guy with relatively tiny hands.

It's "almost perfect" because I'd love the screen to be big but the phone to be a little smaller... and there are rumors about the upcoming 10-year anniversary iPhone that will be just perfect for me... let's see!

Jet Black finish is gorgeous!

The new Jet Black finish just rocks. I love it. It's the first iPhone since I don't know when that I'm not using a case for. I'm just using it "bare naked" all the time and I'm enjoying every moment I hold it in my hands. The Jet Black finish is not as slippery as the other ones so it just works great without the case.

Yes, it scratches a lot. I have lot of "micro-abrasions" on this thing but I don't care. It's still beautiful.

Double-camera action is amazing!

Usually there would be no difference between the standard iPhone and the Plus size apart from the size... but now with 7 series the Plus version has two cameras and it's amazing. Especially if you're taking pictures of kids, having the 2X optical zoom or the "portrait mode" help take amazing pictures of your loved ones. Now that I have three kids I appreciate it even more.

Question: Which iPhone or smartphone do you use and why? Have you tried the big Plus iPhone?

Sent from my iPhone 7 Plus