Wednesday, March 23

✔ Get focused in 5 simple steps - intro to Productive! Magazine No.32 with Sean Platt

The new issue of Productive! Magazine has just been published. I hope you find an article that will prove really timely for you and that will help you stay in control of your time. Right – time. Because time is your most precious resource. It’s one of those few things you simply can't get back no matter what you do. We both know that the real key here is not the amount of hours you stay at work, but how you actually use this time. Efficiency, [process optimization][opt] and persistence are very important. And so is the focus!

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This is the Editor's Note that I wrote for 32nd issue of Productive! Magazine. See how you can regain your focus within 5 simple steps.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

✔ Workflow optimization - intro to Productive! Magazine No.31 with Grace Marshall

Optimization is a really popular term nowadays, and I guess because of that its meaning has faded and lost some of its value. It's a pity, because I see optimization as one of the crucial elements of productivity. It lets me save time and effort and maintain the quality of my work.

This is the Editor's Note that I wrote for 31st issue of Productive! Magazine. See how you can use the workflow optimization rules employed in plants and factories to improve your personal productivity and team effectiveness.

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Process optimization is often discussed in terms of business and industry, not in regards to personal productivity, however it is really easy to spot the similarities.

Three crucial parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance in plants and factories are equipment optimization, operating procedures, and control optimization. It sounds kind of formal, but if we take a closer look at it, it all becomes really obvious:

Monday, December 7, 2015

★ Productive! Magazine In Spanish, issue 4 with José Miguel Bolivar

I'm so proud of our Productive! Magazine network growing and later this week we'll publish the 31st issue of our global one in English, but our Spanish franchise keeps growing, too. Now with my good friend Josep running the show with Augusto and a great bunch of Spanish-speaking productivity bloggers, they have just delivered yet another great issue:

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Note: this magazine is in Spanish, but as I do speak this language and I have quite a few Spanish-speaking readers out there, I wanted to share this news. And I'm really proud of the team behind this project!

Interview with José Miguel Bolivar

Who is a well known productivity expert with amazing knowledge of GTD (Getting Things Done system by David Allen). Lots of great tips in this interview Augusto did with him.

Great articles about...

...implementing GTD, learning to improve your skills and to manage your energy, and to start new habits... And so much more!

Thanks again to Josep Maria Martinez for putting this issue together! Fantastic job!

If you speak Spanish, check out Productive! Magazine en Español

It's completely free with apps for Android phones and tablets as well as iPhone and iPad.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

☀ Michael Sliwinski Magazine #5 - Nozbe Reunion

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. I've just published the late September issue of my very own magazine and I encourage you to sit on your favorite armchair, grab your mobile device of choice and start reading:

The latest issue of Michael Sliwinski Magazine

Issue 5 - "Nozbe Reunion"

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

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

Question: Are you reading my posts in a 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.

Friday, August 14, 2015

☀ Michael Sliwinski Magazine #4 - Essentialism

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. I've just published the next issue of my very own magazine and I encourage you to sit on your favorite armchair, grab your mobile device of choice and start reading:

The latest issue of Michael Sliwinski Magazine

Issue 4 - "Essentialism"

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

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

Question: Are you reading my posts in a 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.

Monday, August 10, 2015

✔ Too busy to get things done - intro to Productive! Magazine No.30

More and more often, people go on about how busy they are as a reply to a simple "How are you" question. It becomes uncomfortable for me to listen to this. I don't like it. We're all busy, right?

This is the Editor's Note that I wrote for 30th issue of Productive! Magazine. Learn, what has helped me focus on the essential stuff and get more things done that matter.

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Bragging about how busy someone is can make others think of several things the person wants to say:

  1. I am better – I’m busier, more in-demand and more successful than you.

  2. Here is my excuse for not doing the stuff that I promised to do.

  3. My time is more valuable than yours.

I guess that if someone is feeling overwhelmed with commitments, constantly explaining away things with a busy status, it's surely time to slow down and become more strategic.

How we spend our time is a choice. We all have the same 24 hours to fill. The thing is to know well which tasks are real priorities and should make it into our 24 hours.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

☀ Michael Sliwinski Magazine #3 - Apple Watch & Time

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. I've just published the next issue of my very own magazine and I encourage you to sit on your favorite armchair, grab your mobile device of choice and start reading:

The latest issue of Michael Sliwinski Magazine

Issue 3 - "Apple Watch & Time"

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

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

Question: Are you reading my posts in a 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.

Friday, June 26, 2015

☀ 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.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

✔ 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.

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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:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

★ Getting stuff done in Poland: Productive! Magazine PL 10 with Paul Nowak

As a Polish guy I'm really proud of the Polish edition of the Productive! Magazine which in terms of traffic and downloads is approaching quickly the global version. In the last issue I had a pleasure of interviewing a friend and a fellow entrepreneur: Paweł Nowak, CEO of Presspad:

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Productive! Magazine Polska no. 10

I was lucky enough to be able to interview Paul in person and have a great chat about entrepreneurship, startups and productivity of a serial founder. Hope you'll enjoy this issue which apart from reading online you can also enjoy on your iPhone or iPad or Android. As always, it's completely free and will inspire you to get things done!

Question: How do you like the Polish edition of our productivity magazine?

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

★ Productive! Magazine in Spanish gets an issue 2!

I'm so happy that the Productive! Magazine family is growing. If you speak Spanish you will want to read this one. Thanks to the joint effort of my friends: Augusto Pinaud and Josep María Martínez we've got a second issue of the:

Productive! Magazine Español with Ruben Alzola

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Free magazine, but the quality is there!

Apart from the interview there are 10 fantastic articles by the best Spanish speaking productivity experts there, so everyone should be able to find something for themselves :-)

As always, our magazine is a very modern publication - you can read it online and also get a free iPhone/iPad app or read on Android.

The cool thing about the Spanish edition is that my two friends picked up the rhythm and scheduled it to be a bi-monthly publication with close to 30 confirmed contributors for the future articles! The future of the Spanish speaking productivity space looks very promising!

Question: Do you read our magazine? What do you like about it?

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Friday, December 19, 2014

✔ Productive! Magazine is growing with the first issue of a Dutch version!

When in 2008 I launched the Productive! Magazine as a free PDF I had one thing in mind: I'm already offering a great productivity tool... but what is a tool without a constant flood of inspiration?

Fast forward today and not only do we have Productive! Magazine as a monthly magazine in the form of an app for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms... but the "productivity platofrm" I initiated has now local versions in Polish, Spanish, Japanese and now... (drumrolls!) in Dutch!

Productive! Magazine Dutch

I'm really proud of our Productive! Magazine Dutch team:

  • Fokke Koistra of Think Productive Benelux - editor in chief
  • Callista Vink - assistant editor
  • Magda Blaszczyk - executive editor of Productive! Magazine and coordinator of all the issues together with Radziu and Radek of our Nozbe team.

What's in the first issue of the Dutch magazine?

Interview with yours truly as well as articles by leading Dutch-speaking productivity experts like: Gonny van der Zwaag, Bart Timmers, Grace Marshall, Frank Meeuwsen, Marcel van der Berg, Martijn Aslander... as well as Graham Allcott and Juan Antonio Dominion.

As always - the idea is that our localized magazines are really local - written by local experts and for the local community... and in 2015 the Dutch version will be a quarterly magazine... and if it gains traction Fokke promised to prepare new issues more frequently, so make sure to check it out, if you speak Dutch!

Fun fact: When I launched Nozbe back in 2007 I posted about it on Frank Meeuwsen's blog "What's the Next Action?" and that post catapulted Nozbe's popularity. Now Frank is a good friend and one of the contributors to our magazine. World is indeed a small place... and a great (and productive!) one at that!

Question: Have you checked our local versions of Productive! Magazine? Which ones? Do you read regularly our main magazine?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

✔ Make friends with time - intro to Productive! Magazine #25

I'd say the time is the main character of the newest issue of our magazine. It might make some of you think funny as many people find the time their enemy. Perhaps I'm one of them... at times :) Time as an enemy is a source of guilt, stress, misery and hurry (thus - mistakes). We are sure we have to beat the time or at least fight with it constantly.

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Is there a way to make the time a friend? I am sure there is. Read the interview with Andrea Feinberg and then the articles by Grace Marshall and Sara Caputo and look for the ways which may work for you.

Some people fight with time because they want to slow it down and squeeze more things into a 24-hour period. Some of us don't like time as it is at all and keep waiting for tomorrow to be better and more suitable to introduce the changes. Anyways, maybe it's a good idea to see time as a friend, as a tool, as bag full of opportunities...

Time as a friend

Time can be your ally, really! All you need to do is start treating it like that. You can play with it, try new things, like it. Note, though, that your friendship could be even better if you think realistically and get to know "your" time well. Your time is your time - 24 hours a day, 365 days in a year and your possibilities are limited. Like in every friendship, you need to accept some of the weak sides and constraints of the other person and not try to force them to take too much on them.

Time as a tool

Time can be a nice tool to work with and to experiment with. Last week I prepared a document for my employees. It was our company's strategy for the year 2015. It worked really well and motivated the Nozbe team because I wrote it in a form of a note from my diary written on 31 December 2015. I presented my vision as actual facts. As one of the guys said, "It didn't sound like a plan but a sheer autosuggestion - it all has already happened... although in a year from now ;)"

Time as a source of opportunities

Think life is too short to do stuff? What if you think the other way round? Life is too long not to... :) Anyway, time offers you multiple opportunities. Some resolutions will require minutes or hours, and some - weeks or months. But time is there for us. For you. Why don't we take what we need. It's worth to partner with time to achieve what you want and what you need. Reasonably. With no stress, guilt or anxiety.

Let me summarize with a quote from a TEDx speech by Nigel Marsh:

"...the small things matter. Being more balanced doesn't mean dramatic upheaval in your life. With the smallest investment in the right places, you can radically transform the quality of your relationships and the quality of your life."

If you decide to make friends with time read more articles about life-work balance, focus and magical 15 minutes in the issue 25 of the Productive! Magazine

Question: Are you fighting with your time? Would you be willing to change it?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

✔ Why peer support is critical to your success - intro to Productive! Magazine #24

The October 2014 issue of Productive! Magazine has made me think of the support that everyone needs in their lives. Sometimes it is professional mentoring, and sometimes it is peer mentoring. It can also simply be the way we bring up our kids or look up to one of our professors at university.

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As the poet John Donne wrote, "No man is an island." We live in a connected world and interact with other people; we can choose to make these people a part of our success. Every "productivity guru" will tell you that one of the most effective ways to change a habit is to ask for peer support. Having done that for a while now, I'd say that having a network of peers in the most important aspects of your life is critical to your success.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

✔ Productive! Magazine 21 with Pat Flynn - about passive income and uber-productivity

Last week I posted my video interview with Pat Flynn for the Productive! Magazine issue 21 and today let me tell you a little more about our newest issue of your favorite (and free) productivity magazine. It's jam-packed with fantastic productivity advice thanks to our amazing contributors. I'm so proud of what our team prepared for you:

Productive! Magazine 21

Getting laid off was a blessing in disguise?

I really enjoyed my interview with Pat Flynn — a serial entrepreneur for whom getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to him. Only then did he found out how to run business and earn money and be able to spend the majority of time with his family and on the stuff he likes:

"The passive income part was very much inspired by Tim Ferris’s The 4-Hour Workweek and his ability to put systems and automation into his businesses. The idea is that you don’t have to be present in order for transactions to happen."

I totally get what Pat is talking about. Nozbe works the same way - I don't have to be there waiting to greet each and every new customer who signs up, although I'd really like to :-)

But there's more: