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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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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:

Thursday, July 14

▷ The Podcast #55 - Ten Years From Now

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk again about books. Mostly why listening to audiobooks makes sense and actually counts as "reading". There's a whole debate about it:

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The question of the day is whether we remember things we read 10 years from now. And if it really makes any difference for me or you. Or Radek. Listen and let me know:

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Thursday, July 7

▷ The Podcast #54 - Forget the fireplace

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk about books, reading vs audio listening and the titles we're going to be talking in the future episodes of this show:

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And we're half year in 2016! We also finish the episode with our half-year review and things we want to improve in the second half of this year to make it better.

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Tuesday, July 5

✔ New features in iOS10 and macOS Sierra that will help boost your productivity

Today let's talk cutting-edge technology. Firstly, we’re fresh off of WWDC where Apple announced a lot of new improvements to its operating systems, so I couldn’t wait to try them out. Secondly, I couldn’t wait so much that I installed iOS10 on my test iPod Touch (6th generation) and iPad. I also installed macOS Sierra on my test Macbook, which I’m using right now to write this article. That’s right. Today I’ll focus on the new systems and their improvements based on my own experience in using them on my test equipment for a week instead of the experiences of other bloggers. So everything is from a tester’s point of view.

Mac OS Sierra and iOS10

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Note: The following article appeared first in the 7/2016 issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

Wednesday, June 29

▷ The Podcast #53 - Originals

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk about a book called "Originals" about original ideas, business, procrastination and why this book describes the story of my life:

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I was really impressed by this book! Lots of great ideas.

And how do you like our new intro? How should we introduce ourselves? Suggestions?

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Thursday, June 23

✔ Why “mobile” is a value, “mobile” is important and “mobile” really comes first

As a reader of this blog, you may know me as a somewhat eccentric guy – I don’t follow the beaten track. My main computer for work is an iPad Pro (which I’m using right now to write this text), my second computer is an iPhone 6S Plus, and my team of over 20 people all works from home. We don’t have a central office. And we won’t have one. This is how I’ve been working on Nozbe for the last nine years.

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Note: The following article appeared first in the 6/2016 issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

Recently our company has been developing more and more rapidly and I’ve had to make more strategic decisions regarding the business itself, tools we use, and many other more or less important things.

Unfortunately, mistakes also happen.

Nobody likes making mistakes. We prefer to be right. And now, with even more decisions, making bad choices is inevitable. Nobody is infallible. You just have to admit your mistake and fix it as soon as possible. There’s shame and wasted time. Not very productive, is it?

Here's what happened:

Wednesday, June 22

▷ The Podcast #52 - 6 degrees of Elon Musk

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time Radek talks about his trip to San Francisco to Apple's WWDC and we learn to introduce ourselves:

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After 50 episodes we're trying to improve our podcast and reach new audiences. As a listener could you share here in the comments or on social media what can we do to make the show better? Thanks!

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Monday, June 20

☆ How banning email improves team productivity

There's a new book "Under New Management" by David Burkus coming soon that includes some unconventional management practices, and one of them is apparently "banning email.” Something I did in my company three years ago. Something I didn't think was new but now I see it really is. Whenever I talk about "No Office,” people ask me about my email policy and they're surprised that we banned email in our company. They give me this "Can you do that?" face. Of course you can. You actually should if you want to have a productive environment for your team. Only allow email to the "outside world" and ban email within your team. This is how it's done:

Ban emails in your company

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!

If you manage your projects through email you are doing it wrong!

Email is bad for you and your team because we get too many messages every day and the important internal emails get mixed up with other correspondence with people from the outside world.

To solve this problem we designed a new way to communicate: we use email for the outside world and something else for "internal communication.” We use two apps for that: Slack and Nozbe. This is how we communicate:

Friday, June 17

☑️ A triathlon-packing checklist I created for me and you [Nozbe.HOW]

As you know from this blog, I started my triathlon adventure when I lost weight thanks to the "Slow-carb diet" two years ago. This year I've already done one Olympic-distance triathlon in April, I'm doing my next one this Sunday and I'm planning to do a third one in September. Each race lasts a little less than 3 hours and as I'm doing three sports one after another, a good checklist is necessary to make sure I don't forget a thing. Thanks to Nozbe.how templates I created a checklist that you also can use, even if you don't have a Nozbe account:

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Triathlon checklist at Nozbe.how

I wrote more about it on the Nozbe blog, but basically it's all about having everything for each of the sports (swimming, biking and running) and having a good routine right before the race.

If you've never tried a triathlon but you're already getting in shape, I encourage you to give it a try. In September a friend of mine will race his first triathlon - he'll go with the "Sprint" distance which is half of what I'm doing (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run) and it's exactly what I did when I was getting started.

Doing triathlons forces you to do three sports every week instead of just running, so I totally recommend it! And here's what it takes to pack for a race like the one I have on Sunday (wish me luck!)

Triathlon checklist at Nozbe.how

Question: Have you ever tried racing a triathlon? Which of the sports is your best (swimming, biking or running)?

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Friday, June 17

► How to motivate #NoOffice employees - Productive! Show #109

What motivates people in No Office company? People work for money but not because of money.

Give your employees something cool, a purpose to work in your company. Let them make decisions and give them freedom. They should choose how they reach the goal and when they'll work on that. The key to keep the flow is asynchronous work.

The most important thing is that you have to trust your employees. Treat them as partners and adults so they'll work as adults.

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Thursday, June 16

▷ The Podcast #51 - WWDC2016

New episode of your favorite weekly podcast about "productivity, business, books, and whatever else comes to mind..." is out! This time we talk about how latest Apple related news will impact our app, Nozbe and our productivity overall:

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My co-host Radek is actually attending WWDC in San Francisco and he's complaining that "sunny California" can be really cold when you stand in line for the Apple's keynote...

Bonus: we invited Craig Federighi of Apple to help us out. You'll love it!

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Tuesday, June 14

✔ Why America's gun ownership leads to so many mass shootings and innocent deaths. And how it can be stopped.

Another day and another mass shooting in the USA. This time the deadliest ever. I usually try to avoid political statements and arguments because frankly, everyone is entitled to their own views. However, I believe the idea of gun ownership has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with the gun industry and facts that are interpreted wrong. And innocent lives being taken. Facts just speak for themselves and very often I'm drawn into a debate on Twitter with people who simply haven't done their homework. So here, five reasons why more guns lead to more people being killed. From the perspective of a person who luckily lives in Europe:

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Before we start, a story close to my heart - how my podcast co-host was assaulted two years ago in San Francisco.

Two years ago my young iOS developer Radek (my current The Podcast co-host) went to San Francisco for Apple's WWDC conference. One evening coming back from the conference he was assaulted with a gun by two people who stole his passport and his iPhone. This was his first ever trip to the USA and his first few days in the country. He was shocked and scared.

Yes, people steal iPhones in Europe but they don't do it with a gun! Usually when your phone is stolen all you worry about is that you lost a valuable device. Radek was scared for his life!

This is the main difference - where in the USA they pull a gun on you, in Europe they'll maybe slap or punch you in the face. Usually not even that. This is the reality of modern-day America: