Hello there! My name is Michael and I am an entrepreneur, speaker, author and blogger. I help busy and overworked professionals, startups and teams learn to implement the latest productivity solutions so they can achieve success by getting things done better.

Success through productivity with passion! Work from anywhere, get anything done!

About me

I'm the founder of Nozbe - a tool that helps busy professionals and their teams manage time, tasks and projects - available as a web app as well as native apps for Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iPad and iPhone. I'm already more than 11 years running Nozbe.

My profile on Nozbe.com

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Popular posts on my blog

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And here's my entire blog archive. Up until December 2012 I was running two blogs - my personal one under "MichaelNozbe" brand and "Productive Firm". These two are merged together now so in the archive you'll find posts from both blogs.

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Short bio:

Michael Sliwinski is a productivity guy who’s passionate about working remotely (#NoOffice) and in a mobile way (#iPadOnly). He's the founder of Nozbe, a project management and collaboration platform (web-based with native apps for the Mac, Windows, Android, iPad and the iPhone + Apple Watch).

Want to get to know me better? Here's my long biography...

To learn more about my Nozbe story, please read this interview with me.

I was born in Gdynia, northern Poland (in Europe) and spent my childhood there. My mom started teaching me English when I was 6 and thus she fostered my interest in languages... and my father, who was an "electronics technician" got me interested in computers. My parents are really amazing. Together as a family (along with my younger brother Przemek) we traveled every year somewhere for holidays... and that's why I still love traveling so much. Now, apart from Polish and English I also speak fluently two other European languages: Spanish and German... and I'm currently learning Japanese and French.

I have two university degrees. One from the University of Gdansk (Poland) in Business Economics and one from the Fachhochschule Stralsund (Germany) in Marketing. I also spent a year studying on the Technical University in Valencia (Spain) through the Erasmus exchange program. I loved being a student and encourage young people to finish their degrees - it's an amazing experience and totally worth it.

Right after my graduation in 2003 I set up my own company apivision.com to pursue my interest in the Internet commerce. I founded two startups (Wyslij.info and HitRSS.com) that eventually failed before I finally started something I was truly passionate about and managed to succeed with: Nozbe.

Initially I started Nozbe because I wanted to better manage my time and I was inspired by David Allen's book "Getting Things Done". Back in 2005 I couldn't find a tool that'd work for me so I built my own. I basically rewrote it twice before I launched it in 2007. Nozbe was my side project for an entire year before I decided to focus on running it full time in 2008. Now there is a whole team behind Nozbe which I'm privileged to be working with.

In 2008 I also started the Productive! Magazine thanks to a friend and I got to work with some of the best and most productive people on the planet. In 2009 I started my Productive! Show video podcast. I shut down both projects in 2017 to focus more time on Nozbe.

In 2015 I started podcasting regularly with Radek on The Podcast and in June 2015 I started writing regularly on this blog - I post 3-5 times per week - all weekdays.

I've got big plans for the future including writing a new book with a working title of "No Office" (and I already co-wrote #iPadOnly).

I sometimes give interviews - check out the list of my recent appearances on podcasts and other sites. I've also interviewed some really cool people for the Productive! Magazine. I also like to speak on conferences to inspire people with #NoOffice and #iPadOnly message.

I love what I do so it doesn't feel like work. But apart from that I try to remain fit, especially as I lost weight thanks to "slow carb diet" and started running triathlons (I do 3-4 olympic distance a year: 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run).

I also read about 30 books per year (actually I’m listening to them). I am a geek who likes technology gadgets (I'm an Apple fanboy) and cars. I am a Christian (Roman Catholic) and believe Jesus Christ to be my savior.

I work from home and everyone on my team works remotely. I believe that "job is not a place to go but a thing you do". I live in a very beautiful place in Europe with my wife Ewelina (who is a lawyer and you can see her on the photo above) and my three amazing daughters: Milena, Emilia and Liliana. My name in Polish is: Michał Śliwiński.

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