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Monday, July 6

✔ How beauty boosts productivity... or my very biased MacBook One review :-)

Last summer, in iMagazine where my column is published every month, we featured a series of articles entitled “My first Mac”. Many of our editors wrote about how they started their adventure with Apple and how they got their first Macs. I shared the story of my first Macbook Air which I also posted on my blog. I switched to the Mac because of various reasons and one of them was... beauty.

beautiful Mac

Note: The following article appeared first in the June'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.

Jane Eyre - my beautiful laptop

In the memories I shared with you at the time, I wrote how beautiful the first Air was. I also mentioned how it differed from the ThinkPad IBM X60T I was using at that time. My PC was dark, plastic... In short, solid and decent like an 80’s Volvo. But it wasn’t beautiful. On the other hand, Macbook Air (first generation) was light, made of aluminum, thin... Simply beautiful. Here's how I felt in love with it:

Friday, July 3

▷ The Podcast #3 - Personal blogs will drown in here

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 Apple News and its influence on the publishing industry:

The latest episode of The Podcast

We talk about blogs, RSS, mainstream publishing, ads... and more... also in the context of our own Remag:

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Thursday, July 2

► Unboxing Apple Watch - Productive! Show #94

To celebrate my one month with apple watch I decided to post my unboxing of it which I did on periscope. Back then I was excited and now I still am. I love this device.

Check out my posts about Apple watch and tips and tricks of setting it up:

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Question: did you also get one? Which model? Why?

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Wednesday, July 1

✔ Ask Me Anything. Yes, seriously :-)

Note: This post is a transcript of my "Passionate Productivity" newsletter which I send to people who read my book "It's all about Passion!" - if you want to be receiving weekly emails from me in the future, get the book by signing up - thank you!

A while ago, when you downloaded my book on passion, you agreed I could email you every now and then, so I'm sending you this short message today to give you an opportunity to:

AMA - Ask Me Anything - just reply to this email!

Passionate Productivity Newsletter

Last month we had a big Nozbe promo celebrating our 8 years in business. It ended precisely on my birthday (May 20) so I decided to give my Nozbe customers a few gifts, and one of them was an invitation to “ask me anything”.

And they did! I responded to hundreds of emails with questions from people from all over the world! It was amazing.

Tuesday, June 30

☆ Nozbe is doubling down on Android [on: Nozbe]

On the Nozbe blog our VP of Android, Staszek, wrote about our recent advancements we did on the Android platform. I'm linking to it because this is really important. We spent lots of development time to finally make Nozbe fly on Androids lower than 4.4. And apart from that, we added a widget. Our version 2.1.8 is the best Android-optimized version yet:

Nozbe is doubling down on Android

"We heard you loud and clear - Android users need to have Nozbe widget that looks and works great. For the last couple of weeks, we've been working very hard on exactly that - Android widget that saves time and thus helps you be more productive."

I'm really proud of my team here. We managed to improve performance on Android, add a cool widget... And in the new version 2.1.9 which is coming in a few weeks we'll have improved performance even more!

You know, I'm an Apple kind of guy but Nozbe is about being true to all the platforms it supports so I'm happy to report we're really making Android a first class citizen in our ecosystem.

By the way, we discussed this in the last episode of The Podcast :-)

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Monday, June 29

▷ The Podcast #2 - Two Apple Watches that don’t belong to us

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 explaining why we're wearing Apple Watches... that actually don't belong to us:

The latest episode of The Podcast

We also talk about other WWDC 2015 news like App Thinning, iOS9, why App Store still has the discovery problem and why we should/shouldn't be threatened when Apple, Google or any other big company starts competing with you.

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Friday, June 26

☀ Michael Sliwinski Magazine #2 - On Business & Apple

Do you know you can read my blog as a magazine on your iPhone or iPad or Android phone or tablet? You didn't know? Well, you can, thanks to Remag. Now that I'm back at regular blogging and podcasting I decided to not only use the technology we built behind Remag for the Productive! Magazine but also for my own Michael Sliwinski Magazine and I've just published the second issue:

The latest issue of Michael Sliwinski Magazine

Issue 2 - "On Business & Apple"

I've included the following articles and videos in this issue:

You can get my "Michael Sliwinski Magazine" for free:

Question: Are you reading my posts in my new dedicated app?

Having my own magazine is a totally new experience of sharing my blog posts with you. This is what my new venture: Remag is all about. Please do let me know what you think about it in the comments below! How's your experience been so far? Thanks.

Thursday, June 25

▷ The Podcast ep. 1 - Introduction to Radek and me :-)

Together with Radek (our VP of Apple Tachnologies at Nozbe) we decided to start a weekly podcast about "technology, productivity tips, business, publishing, and whatever else comes to mind." We've been chatting about these things for a while and a few weeks ago we decided to switch to English and start recording our chats. This is how "The Podcast" was born and I'd love to welcome you to listen our very first episode:

The latest episode of The Podcast

In this episode we introduce ourselves, explaining to our audience (which we don't have yet, because it's our first show, so please do have a listen :-) what we're all about. We also dive right into the latest Apple Keynote on Apple's WWDC - Worldwide Developers Conference - and explain what the changes presented there mean to the industry and stuff we're working on, like Nozbe and Remag.

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Wednesday, June 24

✔ Anything You Want by Derek Sivers - book of the week

Today I had a pleasure of interviewing Derek Sivers for the upcoming 30th (wow!) issue of the Productive! Magazine so to prepare for this interview I decided to read again his fantastic book: "Anything You Want" which he published a few years back. I totally recommend it:

anything-you-want

Derek and I share a similar story. Nope, I'm not a musician. No, I didn't sell my business and I don't intend to, but he and I started our businesses because we scratched our own itch. This book is all about what he's learned running his business and I can relate a lot to these stories and there's a wealth of good advice there:

Tuesday, June 23

► Interview with Simon Grabowski for the Productive! Magazine #29

Simon Grabowski, founder & CEO of GetResponse (leading email marketing tool) speaks about his passion for product, optimisation and sports. He describes his journey from a one-man shop to being a leader of a great, international company.

More details in Productive! Magazine 29

Question: Do you use the "you" language too often? Would you like to break this habit?

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Monday, June 22

★ My first iMac makes my Apple device lineup complete

After months of fighting it I finally gave in and bought a Retina iMac 5K. This purchase makes my lineup of Apple devices complete. In this short post I'd like to share a few thoughts on why I bought the iMac and what each of the Apple devices mean to me:

apple device lineup

  1. Apple Watch - it's a remote control for my iPhone. I love it so far and here's how I've set it up. It's a very natural extension of my smartphone.
  2. iPhone 6 Plus - my main computing device - I'm writing this blog post on it. I'm not iPhone-only apparently but I spend 40-50% time on my iPhone every day.
  3. iPad Air 2 - my main mobile machine. Thanks to switching mainly to iPad and writing the #iPadOnly book I've totally changed the way I use my personal computer. I use it 30-40% of my day.
  4. Macbook PRO - I thought it'd be the last PC I ever buy but eventually I replaced it today with my new iMac. My wife will be getting it so it stays in our household. This way we'll always have a laptop should we need one.
  5. iMac Retina 5k - my new PC. Thanks to the fact that everything I use is in the cloud I now can enjoy an enormous screen if I need one - and it's there in my home office. I'll be using it 20-30% of my day... And I already love looking at this gorgeous screen.

Thanks to the fact that I work mostly on iOS devices I now can easily incorporate my new iMac into my flow.

I guess I'm now a perfect Apple customer with their entire lineup in my household... Well, I'm really happy with my setup now:

productivity on Retina screens :-)

Question: did you get the latest iMac? How do you like it so far?

Sent from my iPhone 6 Plus

Friday, June 19

☆ What would I do with 1 Billion dollars? [on: KarolZielinski.com]

My friend Karol Zieliński asked me on his blog this question: what would I do with 1 Billion dollars if suddenly got it? Well, I give 5 things I'd do...

Check out these few quotes or read the entire article:

1billion

"...it usually takes time to get used to big money. That’s why many lottery winners end up poorer than before they won..."

"...I guess I’d first divide this sum into smaller chunks, like 100M or 10M or even 1M dollar chunks…"

"...With all of the investments I’d focus on long term growth and profitability, to be able to slowly in the long run multiply this 1Billion fund."

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Thursday, June 18

► Semi Professional Canon EOS 100D DSLR review for a guy like me - Productive! Show #92

Today I have a pretty thorough gadget review and unboxing experience of Canon EOS 100D also known as Rebel 1 - a perfect semi-professional camera for an amateur photographer, video-maker and a father who just wants to shoot better pictures of their children. I've done this unboxing a few months back and I've used this camera since on a number of occasions and it's brilliant. Totally recommend it! Also I talk about the accessories I bought with the camera - which, why, and how much it all costs.

Enjoy and if you've got some pro advice for me - let me know in the comments - I've only started with this!

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Wednesday, June 17

★ Setting up your Apple Watch for the first time - tips and tricks

As I wrote a while ago I'm really happy with my new Apple Watch. It's actually been a while since I set it up for the first time and I've been tweaking the setup ever since so today I decided to share with you my tips and tricks. Hope you'll find them useful:

my apple watch setup

Tip 1: Wear your Apple Watch upside down. Seriously. When you unpack your Apple Watch and put it on the wrist, the default way is having digital crown on the right side of the Apple Watch. Well, this setting can be changed and it's actually more natural to use the digital crown with a thumb. Just go to your Apple Watch app on the iPhone and go to Settings and Watch orientation and change to "digital crown on the left side". I've set this a few weeks ago and I love it.

Tip 2: Make the current app your main Watch-face. Let me explain: you pull out the Apple Watch and open an app, after a few moments with it you stop using the watch, it goes dark, now you pull out the watch again and you see your watch-face, and not the app you've been using before. That's the default behavior. I prefer to see the app again. This way I can open my Nozbe for watch app and have my priority list of tasks open every time I pull out the watch. This way my Nozbe app becomes my watch-face. Go to "general", "activate on wrist rise" and choose "resume previous activity".

Tip 3: Disable notifications gradually... on both the iPhone and the Watch. I wrote about notifications before. When I got my Apple Watch I wanted to really disable notifications on it right away. Only to leave the most needed ones. In the end I just didn't do anything and let all the notifications arrive to my Apple Watch. When I saw a notification on my watch that I didn't want to receive, I'd think twice and usually also disable it on my iPhone. Now, after a few weeks I've greatly reduced the number of notifications I receive on both devices. Sweet.

Note that you can set up your notifications in iPhone's settings app and in the Apple Watch app on the iPhone separately.

Question: What are your best Apple Watch tips and tricks?

Sent from my iPhone 6 Plus

Tuesday, June 16

✔ Support and be supported - intro to Productive! Magazine 29

In his book The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor discusses the key factors that increase effectiveness and maximize personal potential. As his studies conducted at Harvard show, investing in our social support network is very important. Shawn, an advocate of positive psychology, considers this investment to be the main source of success and happiness.

This is the Editor's Note that I wrote for 29th issue of Productive! Magazine. See, if you can improve your social support network and help others do so.

social support

What is social support?

Social support is any social network that exists in a person's environment. What makes it stand out from the others? Relationships established within this network, as well as the sense of belonging, can help its participants through difficult situations in life. A network like this can consist of friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances, and sometimes members of interest groups, church, sports teams, etc.

These networks can include various types of support: emotional, informational (i.e., exchanging information, sharing experiences, etc.) and, of course, material. Now: