Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Productive Magazine #4 coming next week!

As I explained in my last post, there were reasons for a substential delay of the Productive Magazine 4 but now we're finishing it and getting ready for publication next week, here's the preview of the cover:

Till the next week, make sure to subscribe to our Newsletter and spread the word!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Productive Magazine #4 preview - Working Effectively from Home

Yes, now it's real and Productive Magazine will be released in March (this year :-) so the waiting is almost over. Here are some quotes from my "editor note" in the magazine. We're now finishing the editing and compiling the magazine. Almost there, here you go: Why the delay...
The delay has been caused mainly by lots of stuff going on in my private life, ie. my responsibilities as a father and our move to a new apartment. Because of these life-changing factors, the time I had left to work has been used to focus on my company, my web app - Nozbeand the new web app that we are going to release this year.
What's the theme...
Since in my company we don't have real physical office space (everyone works from home, including yours truly), there's always a challenge of balance between work and private life. The two boundaries blend and very often it's hard to draw the lines between the two.
Why home-office...
The main rationale behind working from home is not a way to save money. It is mostly a lifestyle choice and I love it. I have fallen in love with the concept when I was in college writing my final thesis on Teleworking (Telecommuting). This is why the theme of this issue of Productive! Magazine is working from home and we have great experts to help me tell more about the subject.
We've got some real experts on board...
First off, we've got the ueber-blogger Leo Babauta who writes his most popular blog on the Internet, Zen Habits directly from his home office on the beautiful island of Guam or from San Francisco (OK, not yet, but he is moving there this year!). We also have Stephanie Dickinson, one of the most famous home-office worker on the planet, author of "The 30-second commute".
And regular contributors...
To cover the theme of productivity of self-employed home-worker, we've got Art Carden's review of the 2-year-long New York Times bestseller "Four hour workweek", Michael Hyatt, my personal role model, will tell you how to delegate even when you don't have anyone working for you. Similarly, Mike Vardy, our laughter guru, will tell you how to outsource... in a very humorous way and Steven Aitchison will tell you how to make irrational thoughts go away.
I will also tune in with my contributions. You should sign up for our newsletter and subscribe to our blog here and watch out for Productive Magazine #4 in March!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Productive Magazine #3 in 4 days! August 4th.

So far so good, we're finishing up the Productive Magazine Issue #3 and it is going to be a great one. For this issue I've been interviewing Michael Bungay-Stanier (@boxofcrayons), native Australian who lives in Canada and has been awarded there "coach of the year 2006" and by David Allen is considered one of the best thinkers on productivity. Among the GTD crowd he's very well known for the "creative questioning" podcast with David Allen. Here's the early scoop of the cover design for the issue #3: Some excerpts from the interview:
You know how there’s some work you do that’s meaningful and important and makes a difference? And then there’s the rest of the stuff you do and that somehow fills up your days? Great Work is the first type. And I want you to do more of that. Think of your goal not as saying No – but as "saying Yes more slowly." Part of what trips us up is how our default is set to saying Yes and saying Yes quickly. If you can just slow things down a little - and the best way to do this is to get curious and ask questions about what's being asked of you - then you’ll end up not committing yourself to so much. I truly believe that you can't do Great Work by yourself. If you're smart, you build up a team - people who can provide technical, intellectual and emotional support. Metrics are tricky - they can turn into an end in themselves, rather than a means to an end. At least, that’s the excuse I make for me not measuring very much.
Mark your days in the calendar, please tweet about the magazine and follow me on Twitter... Tuesday, August 4th, Productive Magazine is strikes back again!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Productive Magazine Issue 2 - Cover Preview

OK, we're finally finishing the second issue of the Productive! magazine - the last corrections and we're good to go, should be out next week, before the end of April. Here's the cover design to get you excited: To be notified about the new issue, make sure you sign up for our Announcement List Newsletter. Highlights of the Second issue of the Productive! Magazine: I know the #2 issue is long overdue, but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait! As always, the magazine is proudly being sponsored by Nozbe - Simply Get Things Done!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Articles in the Productive Magazine #2

OK, it took us a little more time to compile the second issue of the Productive Magazine, but we've got the lineup ready and it's going to be a great issue so here you go: Interview with Guy Kawasaki by Michael Sliwinski How to Set Goals That Lead to Success Dustin Wax   The Single Secret to Making 2009 Your Best Year Ever by Leo Babauta How to Shave Ten Hours Off Your Work Week by Michael Hyatt Why You Shouldn’t Do New Year’s Resolutions by James Mallinson Say No to make Yes Sound better by Kris Rowlands What’s Wrong With New Years Resolutions? by Andrew Mason   Making it all work with Mindmanager by Michael Deutch Productivity For Groups – Because You’re Not Really In Control by Andrew Yang Simply Get Things Done Course – Introduction by Michael Sliwinski My volunteer editors (thanks guys!) are now checking the contents of the articles to make sure we don't have any "bugs" inside :-) I'll post more details on the magazine later next week, but we're getting ready to rock the productivity world again with the new issue! And of course - thanks to all the contributors! You make the magazine great, we just do the compilation :-)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

[Preview of PM #2] Cover and Interview with Guy Kawasaki

After a long New Year's break the Productive Magazine will be coming back with the issue #2! Thanks to your great feedback we're hoping to make it the best issue ever and we've got some great articles for you to enjoy in this first issue in 2009... and some of them will be exclusive pieces written by bloggers solely for the magazine! The Cover and the featured Interview... with Guy Kawasaki! Yes, that's correct. After David Allen in #1, we've got Guy Kawasaki for #2 - an interview I did with Guy back in December about life, entrepreneurship, his new book... and getting things done. I think we both had a great time with the interview, here are some of the quotes to give you an idea what to expect:
...important point about productivity and hiring: sometimes one should look beyond the lack of a perfect background... ...I don't know of a place on earth where failure is more tolerated than Silicon Valley... ...business is also deceptive because things are never as good or as bad as they seem.... ...If you change the world, you'll probably make money.... ...If my advice is "too obvious," why are many companies doing so many silly things? As your magazine shows, there's knowing the obvious and doing the obvious. The two are different...
You'll be able to read the entire interview in the next issue of the magazine.... coming soon as a free download here, so stay tuned! One more thing, if you're an entrepreneur and need some good, "never-too-obvious" advice, I highly recommend Guy's new book: "Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Productive Magazine launching this Thursday!

We're finishing the editing phase of the Productive Magazine and we'll have it ready by tomorrow. Launching the day after tomorrow! To give ourselves one day of margin, we decided to launch this Thursday officially, so mark your this day in your calendars! Want to promote Productive Magazine on your blog? The Productive Magazine will be a free download in a nicely formatted PDF file (3 MB) with great 17 articles about productivity hacks for your life... and an exclusive interview with David Allen. And I hope you'll spread the word by blogging about it! Feel free to use the below graphics (click for the larger versions):             (click "save as" to use the small graphic or click on the picture to load the high-res version). Watch out for our launch this Thursday!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

17th Article for the first issue of the PM

We've compiled the first issue of the magazine and now I'm going through the review phase. Weekly Review Speaking of reviews, anyone familiar to GTD (Getting Things Done) knows that the key to success in personal productivity is the weekly review. It's Sunday today and I'm at the moment conducting my weekly review. I need to be ready for this week, as this week we're launching the first edition of the Productive Magazine (more on this tomorrow). To emphasize the importance of a good and thorough weekly review, I've asked Maciek, our technical director to add one last (17th) article to the Productive Magazine, a great article by John Kendrick: The Five W’s of a Weekly GTD Review Since our magazine is in digital print, we can add an article at last minute and it won't influence all that much our scheduling... so we did just that. Good luck with your weekly reviews and wait for this week's announcement of the Productive Magazine.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Early Scoop on the Productive Magazine Cover

We've finished the first version of the Productive Magazine cover. Due to some issues we had to re-schedule the first edition of the magazine for September, but we're right now finishing it and it should be out very soon. As promised, we have an exclusive 4-page interview with David Allen and lot's of great articles: cover

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Articles in the first Edition of the Productive Magazine

We're now busy compiling the first edition of the Productive Magazine. We have received many great submissions and most of them have been accepted as I've personally invited the bloggers to this first issue. I've been overwhelmed by the response - I initially planned on including up to 10 articles in the first edtion of the Productive Magazine but ended up with 15 quality articles. Here they are:
  1. Exclusive interview with David Allen by Oliver Starr of GTDtimes
  2. Zen To Done (ZTD): The Ultimate Simple Productivity System
  3. Top 10 reasons why happiness at work is the ultimate productivity booster
  4. Happiness and the End of the Working Week
  5. Seven tips for making yourself happier IN THE NEXT HOUR.
  6. Having One Of Those Days? Here’s How To Deal With It
  7. The GOYA method for Personal Development
  8. 17 Things you Should Stop Doing
  9. How To Work Less and Still Impress
  10. 3 Essential Tools for Productivity
  11. 7 Idea Dumping Tips (How To Manage Diarrhea of the Brain)
  12. 10 tips for keeping your desk clean and tidy
  13. 14 Numbers Your Cell Phone Can’t Live Without
  14. Seven Questions That Will Change Your Life
  15. Getting Things Done® Primer: Chapter 1
These are really great blog posts. Great articles. I'm privilidged to have been given a permission by the authors to include these in the first edition of the Productive Magazine. It's going to be a great first issue!