Friday, March 24

📖 Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson - (audio) book of the week

One of the key ways we can improve our health and the overall state of our body is by sleeping more and better. Yes, not less. Not depriving ourselves from sleep, but rather by designing our life in such a way that sleep is a strategic part of it. That's why this week I want to recommend a book that made me feel really uneasy and helped me realize why sleeping is so important. This book forced me to change the way I approach sleep. Here's why:

Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson - (audio) book of the week

Get this book on: (Amazon|Audible)

Book review: Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson - 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success

(Note: I also discussed this book on the 87th episode of The Podcast with my co-host Radek, if you prefer the audio version with more comments)

Very few times when reading a book, the book would make me feel bad about myself while still encouraging me to keep reading. The last book like this was Essentialism. Now this book about sleeping made me realize I should not approach sleep like a "necessary evil" but as a strategic part of my day. And that there are so many things I need to fix to make sure I get a good night's sleep, here are a few that really stood out:

Thursday, March 16

✔️ №34 with Greg McKeown - the last (essential) issue of the Productive! Magazine

From the editor of the Productive! Magazine №34 with Greg McKeown: Do you know that this is the last time we meet here? This issue of Productive! Magazine marks the end of our series. All the archive editions will be certainly kept online so that you can always come back to your favorite articles and recommend them to the people who might need some inspiration or advice. In this post I'll explain why and how we're finishing off our magazine:

The last issue of the Productive! Magazine

That uncomfortable feeling - closing down the magazine after 8+ years...

You might be wondering why I decided to close down the publication. In brief: I want to focus on only the crucial projects of mine, meaning - those directly related to Nozbe. I’ve determined that I can't get distracted by doing the tasks that won't take me any closer to my main goals. I’ve always felt badly working on tasks like that. Whenever I got really involved with them, I felt guilty about not using my energy to accomplish the most important, company-related goals. And when I wasn't truly engaged, I was angry with myself for not doing my best. If you happen to know this feeling, try to follow my steps and become really selective about the stuff you decide to work on. If you don't have problems like that - congratulations! But I encourage you to analyze your projects in terms of your yearly goals anyway :-)

It's all about being honest...

Tuesday, March 14

► Interview with Greg McKeown on Essentialism - Productive! Magazine's last interview (issue #34)

I've been a long-time fan of the book: Essentialism - the disciplined pursuit of less. I read the book twice and I wanted to have its author, Greg McKeown, as a cover interview for the Productive! Magazine - and just we've decided to shut down our magazine, we managed to get him on - which gives us the best farewell ever - we're focusing on what's essential for us (Nozbe) and appreciate what we had and experienced with the magazine, and closing the magazine down with a double-message of essentialism:

Greg McKeown

This interview is pretty long, but it's really worth watching it - we've covered lots of topics and really nailed down the Essentialism part

You can read more about the last issue of the Productive! Magazine on the Nozbe blog.

Thanks for being a part of the Productive! Magazine - I've been running it more than 8 years now but it was the time to finish it up with a blast and focus on other ways we can do to help people get more done.

Thanks!

Your editor-in-chief of the Productive! Magazine

  • Michael Sliwinski

P.S. After you've watched this video, make sure to check out my podcasts and the entire Productive! Show archive. I've done a few great interviews for this blog, check them out (Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Leo Babauta, Brian Tracy...)

Wednesday, March 8

✔️ A complete list of iPad apps that let me be #iPadOnly

This post will be really geeky, but you'll love it - an updated list of my productivity iPad Apps! Here's the backstory: a few years back I co-wrote a book iPadOnly - How to use only your iPad to work, play and everything in between where I recommended a set of apps that help me get everything done on the iPad. In the meantime I got my iPad Pro and I kept updating this blog with my impressions of iPad Pros and iPadOnly work and I've also posted a list of apps I use on my iPhone but as lots of people keep asking me about this, here's a list of the iPad apps I use now to get things done and make it my main productivity workhorse.

A complete list of iPad apps that let me be #iPadOnly

Bonus: experiment with app layout

Before we move on to the list of apps, as you can see on the screenshot of my iPad above, I've decided to experiment a little with my app layout recently. I just hated it that I had apps on different screens and was very often tempted to get distracted when I wanted to write something but opened the Twitter app as it was just "on the way" to my writing app... so I started using folders as my "focused environments" and group my apps together. These groups give me a few benefits, like:

  • groups are focused on "jobs to be done" so I can concentrate on what I need to do, like writing, reading, etc.
  • groups create order so I don't install too many apps on my iPad and don't bloat it
  • groups fit on one screen, so at a glance I basically see all the apps I've got
  • groups leave some empty space so I can use a nice inspiring background - a photo of San Sebastián I took when I was on vacation with my family :-)

OK, here's the list of all of my apps from these groups:

Thursday, March 2

📖 Peak by Anders Ericsson - (audio) book of the week

As I rediscovered reading books 7 years ago through audiobooks and dramatically increased the number of books I've been reading these past years, every now and then I stumble upon a book that's worth recommending to others through this blog - and Peak by Anders Ericsson totally changed the way I approach learning now. Here's why:

Peak by Anders Ericsson - (audio) book of the week

Get this book on: Audible | Amazon

Book review: Peak by Anders Ericsson - Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

The premise of the book is very simple. Talent is overrated. It hardly exists. You are not born with the skills, you acquire and develop them through practice. And not just any kind of practice - through "deliberate practice" which leverages the adptability of our brain.

This reminds me of the famous scene from the movie "Taken":

I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

Yes, you acquire skills - and it takes more than a long career to get them - it takes a special kind of practice:

Wednesday, February 1

🖇 My company, Nozbe celebrates 10 years! [on: Nozbe Blog]

On the Nozbe Blog Today is a big milestone for me personally and professionally. My company, Nozbe just turned 10. To celebrate it with our customers, we've got a special promo which is great for both new customers and celebrates people who stuck with us the most. We even got 102 people who've been using Nozbe all these 10 years! We've come a long way since 2007... Check out these few quotes or get the entire thing:

My company, Nozbe celebrates 10 years!

A few gems NOT mentioned on Nozbe blog, but available for my readers here:

"Personally, I coded Nozbe entirely myself in PHP+MySQL+Prototype.JS out of a rented 1-bedroom apartment in Warsaw where I lived with my wife. 10 years in we have a team of developers working on apps for all the major platforms but I still work from home - this time it's my own house with the same wife and three daughters :-)"

"I wrote the first version of Nozbe in pure PHP+MySQL as a weekend project back in 2005 inspired by the book by David Allen: "Getting Things Done". In 2006 I kept rewriting the code with JavaScript, Web2.0 style, because it was a fun technology playground. In 2007 I decided to launch Nozbe as a small beta and announced it in the GTD-aficionados circles. Thanks to the word of mouth and press (ZdNet, Lifehacker) I got 5000 users in first three months. Today we're at 400,000 users."

"The name Nozbe was invented by me and my buddy Wiktor when we were in college in 1999 and we wanted to launch a web-based reminder service. We were playing with the phrase: To Be Naturally Organized and after trial and error found Be-oz, N-oz-be, so in the end Nozbe which we thought was cool - 5 letter word with a Z in the middle, doesn't mean anything and the .com domain was available. Eventually we launched the service and shut it down after 2 years. But I kept paying for the domain so when I was launching my project/task management web app, the word Nozbe and the theme of being organized fit perfectly so I used it again. 10 years in and people still ask me where the name came from :-)"

Jump to to the source and read more and celebrate 10 years with me and Nozbe »

Wednesday, January 4

► Interview with Marek Zmyslowski - Getting Things Done in Africa - Productive! Show #108

Marek Zmyslowski is a long-time Nozbe user and he's been using our app throughout his long career of first running startups in Poland to then accepting a great challenge of moving to Africa to Nigeria and starting an online business there. In this interview, originally published on the Nozbe blog, he shares his productivity tips and tricks and gives us a glimpse into his life in Africa, which to me sounds really exciting (and kinda scary!):

Marek Zmyslowski

This interview was originally published on Nozbe blog.

After you've watched this video, make sure to check out my podcasts and the entire Productive! Show archive.

I've done a few great interviews for this blog, check them out (Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Leo Babauta, Brian Tracy...)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

► Interview with Jeff Sanders - Productivity for Podcasters - Productive! Show #107

As you know, I'm a regular podcaster these days. I've been publishing video interviews for a while now, but after more than 70 episodes of The Podcast and more than 7000 weekly listeners, I'm all about podcasting! And if you listen to podcasts, you might know my good friend Jeff Sanders whom I interviewed for the episode #102. He had me on his show, 5AM Miracle Podcast - episode 178 over a month ago, so I decided to publish my chat with him, which originally appeared on the Nozbe blog, where he shares his productivity tips for podcasters:

Jeff Sanders

This interview was originally published on Nozbe blog.

After you've watched this video, make sure to check out my podcasts and the entire Productive! Show archive.

I've done a few great interviews for this blog, check them out (Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Leo Babauta, Brian Tracy...)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

► Interview with Glenn Williams - How to Delegate Tasks? - Productive! Show #106

It's amazing to be talking to people from different parts of the globe and to see how we influence lives of people and teams all over the world and this time I talk to Glenn Williams from Australia. I published this interview originally on the Nozbe blog but I think it can be very interesting for you as well, as Glenn's experience helping companies get more done and adapt to change is very inspiring:

Glenn Williams

This interview was originally published on Nozbe blog.

After you've watched this video, make sure to check out my podcasts and the entire Productive! Show archive.

I've done a few great interviews for this blog, check them out (Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Leo Babauta, Brian Tracy...)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

► Interview with Erik Fisher - Beyond The Todo List host - Productive! Show #105

Recently I've been invited to many podcasts (thanks for having me :-) and one of my favorite ones was my guest appearance in Erik Fisher's Beyond The Todo List. We had such a great time that I invited Erik for an interview for the Nozbe blog and my community here on my personal blog. Hope you'll enjoy this interview as we discuss productivity essentials and Erik's methods for planning and staying on top of things.

Erik Fisher

This interview was originally published on Nozbe blog.

After you've watched this video, make sure to check out my podcasts and the entire Productive! Show archive.

I've done a few great interviews for this blog, check them out (Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Leo Babauta, Brian Tracy...)

Friday, December 9, 2016

☑️ My template for doing a Weekly Review

Weekly review is one of the keys to a better productivity and better life. The term was coined by David Allen in his book Getting Things Done and the idea is to perform a regular, weekly review of your life. It's a meeting we should schedule with ourselves to go through everything that happened last week, analyze it, learn from it, then clean up to plan and prepare for next week. Sounds easy, right? Well, it's not that easy but today to make things easier for you I've prepared my definite template for a great weekly review:

Weekly Review on Nozbe.how

Weekly Review at Nozbe.how

Weekly review is hard because we literally have to force oursevles to do it. We just don't have the time, right? I've been struggling with it, I've been escaping to a cafe to do it. I've gone through different approaches and I explained why it's important in the Step 8 of my 10-step Productivity Course. Before this template I published two simpler ones on #publicNozbe and on Nozbe.how but the one I'm linking to today is my most definite one:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

► Interview with Mike St Pierre - Getting Things Done at schools - Productive! Show #104

Mike is a great friend. I originally did this interview with him for the Nozbe blog. He is a blogger, host of "The Emergent Leader Podcast", and ex-president of Morris Catholic High School and a father of 4 children. As you might guess, he uses Nozbe to get organized with all his projects. In this interview he explains how we uses Nozbe.how templates to create more structured projects and we dive deeper into the "weekly review" concept and why it's so important!

Mike St Pierre

This interview was originally published on Nozbe blog.

After you've watched this video, make sure to check out my podcasts and the entire Productive! Show archive.

I've done a few great interviews for this blog, check them out (Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Leo Babauta, Brian Tracy...)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

✔ How to communicate effectively with a team using the latest apps

As you know, at Nozbe we don’t have a central office. We all work from our homes. When I talk about it, people look at me with disbelief and doubt. Especially when I tell them that our core team consists of more than 20 people and we also regularly work with several other companies. We do everything remotely and over the Internet. And with the use of the latest apps. Today, on December 1, 2016, I'm releasing a new book that talks all about it: "No Office Apps":

apps

The fact that we work entirely remotely may seem like an obstacle but it has made us think about effective forms of communication. We can’t simply walk up to a colleague’s desk so we had to learn to communicate in different ways. Working in a remote team made us realize that effective work in a distributed group requires communication on many layers and that using modern apps can help us achieve our objectives more easily.

In this article I’m going to describe the apps that we use and briefly discuss how we use them.

If you want a longer version of this article and a deeper dive into this subject, please get my latest book here: "No Office Apps How the Nozbe team uses modern technologies to communicate better and get more done." - it's completely free! :-)

Monday, November 28, 2016

✔ How “baby” iPad Pro became my computer of the year 2016

I’m writing this article just before Apple’s MacBook Pro event. It’s about time. Many of my colleagues can’t wait to replace their old MacBook Pros with the new models. I’m not that impatient, since I already picked my computer of the year. It's my 10-inch iPad Pro, which I call “baby Pro.” About a month ago I wrote about my hesitation about which iPad I should continue to use. I started having doubts about whether the large, 13-inch iPad Pro is doing a good job as my main computer. After more than three months of tests, I finally chose the winner. It’s the smaller iPad Pro, and in this article I’d like to tell you why. As a bonus, I’ll tell you how my #iPadOnly workflow looks right now with the example of writing this article... on my favorite iPad.

baby iPad

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.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

☆ Let's give thanks and donate to help buy computer equipment for orphans! [on: Nozbe blog]

Today is Thanksgiving. It's about being thankful for what we've got. For people we have around us. To me it's also a day when I think what I can do to help others, who are less fortunate than me. In one of my past blog posts I explained that at Nozbe we have a policy of putting away a certain percentage of our profits to charity every month. and last week we've used some of this money to help orphans get computer equipment - and today, in the spirit of Thanksgiving I'd like to encourage you to donate to EneDue.org and do your part. Thanks!

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"Yes, my children are lucky because they have a mom and dad, that’s why with this short video I want to encourage you to send a unique gift this Christmas to the children who are not as fortunate and live in orphanages."

"The long story is that my friend Karol Zielinski, has been running this thing for 3 years now, where he’s been collecting money to buy gifts for the children in orphanages. This year is a little different because he wants to buy computer equipment for these kids and teach them programming skills."

"I vouch for this cause because I know Karol personally and I know that all of the money he raises we’ll be spent on the stuff for the kids."

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