Wednesday, May 25

✔ iPhone Only on vacation? Why it’s not a good idea to bring your laptop or iPad on vacation.

I just got back from a “honeymoon” with my wife. We took a romantic trip to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. We try to go on a getaway like this every year and almost always succeed. While we’re gone, my parents take care of our girls, so we can spend some time alone. This time we decided to go to Italy and we didn’t take our laptops. I just took my iPad Pro.

iPhone only on vacatiion

Note: The following article appeared first in the 5/2016 issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

Why did I bring along my iPad Pro?

Good question. I took it because I had to write an article; because I always travel with my iPad; because I’m "iPad Only" and in case I needed to do some work, I could do it on my iPad; because if there aren’t any interesting movies at the hotel, I can watch something on Netflix on my iPad; because it’s much easier to book a hotel or read a tour guide on iPad’s bigger screen...

There are many reasons to travel with your iPad.

Really?

Wednesday, May 18

▷ The Podcast #47 - Quit social media

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we discussed our reliance on social media that very often borders on addiction. We started questioning the value we get from it:

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No. You don't have to quit social media altogether. I'm not using Snapchat, I stopped going to Instagram as often as I used to, same with LinkedIn or Facebook. I still use Twitter a lot but I'm planning on being more mindful about it...

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Tuesday, May 17

▷ The Podcast #46 - Deep Work

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 the book "deep work" which we both loved. It's all about focused work:

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When Radek recommended this book I thought not to read it... I thought I already knew all there is to know about "focused work". I was wrong. Listen to our show and get that book!

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Thursday, May 5

▷ The Podcast #45 - Tree of knowledge

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we continue talking about books and their positive influence on our lives:

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We discuss why books can't be too short to "condition" you to the message they're trying to convey and why a single-themed book is better than the one with lots of loose pieces of advice...

And if you're curious which books I'm reading now, check this list out. And here are all the reviews of all my books.

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Thursday, April 28

☆ Individual talks with your team members. How? When? And... why?

I'm lucky to be running a small team of 20+ people that I get to know very well. I don't know how it's going to be with a team of 30 or 40 or 50 folks but I'm going to find out in the years to come, since we’ll eventually have to get to these levels to be able to spread Nozbe’s "good message of productivity" to as many people as we'd like. I guess we'll see. Now while I can, I still try to get to know my team as much as possible and be approachable to them. That's why I hold individual one-on-one talks with each company member every three months and this is how I do it:

Nozbe team Photo by Krzysztof Lenda

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One-on-one meetings are important!

Again, I'm writing this from the perspective of a 20+ person company, not a 100+ one... so my opinion on this might change with time, but for now I think it's essential to meet with everyone one on one at least every three months. I schedule a 30- to 60-minute window for this conversation to make sure we give each other full, undivided attention. And it's important to be prepared for it, to actually have notes and topics to discuss.

Wednesday, April 27

▷ The Podcast #44 - Productivity Fudges

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we share stories from our last week and weekend that we spent together in Warsaw attending different conferences:

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I talk about my "productivity talk" in front of 1000+ people, our first ever Nozbe booth and experience of getting to know Nozbe users in real life. Face to face. So cool!

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Wednesday, April 20

▷ The Podcast #43 - Not that smart

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we discuss our relationships with books and audiobooks especially:

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Thanks to audiobooks I'm reading a lot of books a year now but I wasn't like that all the time. We also talk about how books changed our lives and give you tips on getting started.

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Monday, April 18

✔ What my new iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard taught me about productivity

As you know, I’m a huge iOS fan. I love iPads. Worse. I’m the “mad guy,” who went completely iPad-only and uses it as his main computer – for work and fun. And when I’m not using my iPad, I use my iPhone Plus. That’s why, when six months ago Apple showed the even bigger iPad Pro, I decided to buy it straight away. But getting used to working on it was a little more complicated. For several reasons…

iPad PRO productivity lesson

Note: The following article appeared first in the 4/2016 issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

First of all, I didn’t quite like the size of the iPad Pro. A little too big and not that convenient as the Air 2 - I thought… And it didn’t fit in most of my bags. In short, it wasn’t love at first sight...

Wednesday, April 13

▷ The Podcast #42 - Bottom Line

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 "throwing money at problems" or better yet, when to do things on our own and when to hire someone or something to do the job for you:

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I'm also recording from Rome where I'm on a honeymoon with my wife. And I have a few tips on "getting vacations done".

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Tuesday, April 12

☆ If you want everyone on the same page - you're doing it wrong!

I am a person who runs an "all remote" company and you might already know my opinion on so-called "open offices." Exactly! I hate them. I think they're great for socializing but really bad if you want your team members to perform at their best. However, many smart people defend these setups with the premise of "better collaboration" and "openness" and my favorite one: "keeping people on the same page." Well, let me explain why this kind of attitude is anything but helpful for keeping your people productive, focused and doing their best work. People shouldn't be "on the same page" with their entire team all of the time. Here's why:

Same page

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Your developer doesn't need to know your up-to-date "lifetime customer value"...

...unless they are working on a piece of code that is exactly correlated with that metric. You see, your developer should know the "overall direction of the company" and the specifics that relate to his or her work. Nothing more. Everything else is just noise and unnecessary distraction to them. Any additional information won't help them write their best pieces of code... and when you're trying to keep them up to date in an open office, you're not even letting them get into "flow" - the state in which the real magic happens.

Ask yourself - why did you hire this amazing programmer if you're doing everything to keep them from entering the flow state. With the distractions of an open office or up-to-date info you're effectively disturbing them and not letting them do their magic! Trust me, you hired them for their magic!

Let people have access to info. Keep them updated. Some - weekly, everyone - monthly.

Yes, in my team people are not on the same page all the time. Eventually they are. From time to time. In regular intervals. But not every minute. Not even every hour. Not even every day. A big part of my team is updated every week. And everyone else gets on the same page at least once a month. And that's how I think it should be done. Here's how I do it:

Friday, April 8

▷ The Podcast #41 - Never Grow Up

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 business of task and project management, our competitors and why we're very bullish on our future in this space (it's got to do with passion and productivity, you know?):

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We discuss Asana's last round of funding and what it means to them, to us and to everyone choosing a tool that helps them and their team get stuff done.

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Thursday, April 7

☆ How "No Office" makes us… better?

When I talk to people about the way we work at [Nozbe,][] that we have a team of 30+ people (core team and collaborators) working from homes, I get mixed reactions.

Very often, people think we will "grow up at some point" and get a "real office." This is quite funny, taking into account that we’ve been working like this for the past nine years.

Others think I’m just stingy or that the business is not doing so well if we cannot afford "a real office," which is also not true, because our business is very healthy. Selling subscription-based software, we enjoy really nice profit margins which we can then re-invest into the team, sales and marketing.

Better

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What the people I talk to about the remote work don’t know and what I tell them is this:

Not having an office made me a better CEO in five different ways.

Wednesday, March 30

▷ The Podcast #40 - Overcollaboration is dangerous

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 why having people "on the same page" all of the time is dangerous:

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Again, talking about our way of working and keeping people in the loop when we see fit, or better yet, when we think this benefits their work. Why we prefer to leave people alone working on their stuff in a focused way. Plus some follow up after our reunion. And my iPad Pro story.

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Friday, March 25

► How to write. Fast. Interview with Sean Platt for the Productive! Magazine 32

A great interview with Sean Platt - speaker, published author, and founder of the Sterling & Stone Story Studio, and most importantly - DAD.

He talks to Michael Sliwinski about the way he learned to write really fast as well as about getting into a flow and looking for excuses. Sean also offers some advice for aspiring authors and tells how his usual writing day looks like.

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Wednesday, March 23

▷ The Podcast #39 - Make Nozbe Great Again

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time is special as we're recording live from our Nozbe Reunion as we analyze how our entire week with our Nozbe team went and what we've learned from each other:

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We talk about feedback loops, things we do to improve ourselves, our company and our peers. My individual chats with everyone and how coming prepared is key to any kind of meetings.

And I have a new mic :-)

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