Friday, March 1, 2019

💡 Digital Minimalism part 1 - fighting the compulsive iPhone checking - iMagazine column 19/03

For many years now I’ve been writing a monthly column for the leading Polish lifestyle magazine - iMagazine and in the month of March I decided to start a short series on “digital minimalism”, inspired by the book with the same title by Cal Newport (Amazon|Audible) and the discussion I’ve had with my The Podcast co-host Radek in episodes 168 “Get bored” and 175 “100% Buzz-free”.

To read my column (in Polish), get the latest issue of iMagazine (it’s free).

If you don’t know Polish, apart from mentioning the book and the two podcast episodes, I also talked about other resources that help me stay sane and not give in to the compulsive behavior of checking my phone:

In the article I also mentioned a few tips and tricks which we discussed with Radek on The Podcast so please make sure to subscribe :-)

Friday, July 20, 2018

💡 How to do a Weekly Review explained in 3 minutes (video) 🎬

Today is Friday so it’s time for a weekly review and as I was playing on my instagram account I decided to record a short vertical video about it, where I feature my template for a weekly review, here goes:


In short, the concept of a weekly review is to have this habit to regularly review your past week and plan your next week. It’s the moment to take time to slow down, have an honest meeting with yourself and see what happened... and plan what’s going to happen.

I like doing my weekly reviews on Fridays, because this way I go into the weekend with all my work issues closed and with a plan for next week. This way on Mondays I don’t have to think what to do, I just start the day with a plan prepared beforehand.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this short video and hope you’ll take your time to do your review.

Question: Did you do your weekly review today?

Sent from my iPhone X

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

💡 Polish football - no heart, no passion... and a big disappointment

In my home country of Poland, football (in USA: soccer) is our national sports. We love it, we play it, we cheer it. And we used to be good at it... like 40+ years ago... but we’ve never been good at that until now... or so I thought.

Polish football - no heart, no passion... and a big disappointment

Our national team qualified as number 1 seed in their group to the FIFA World Cup 2018. Watching them play together made me hope that for the first time in my life I’ll be able to see a Polish football team fight in an international tournament with their heads up high.

I had some concerns... but I didn’t expect such an utter disaster.

They say you can achieve up to 80% of success by just showing up. Well, Polish team didn’t really show up. I mean they were there physically, but not mentally. They didn’t play. They didn’t fight. They just didn’t do a thing...

On the other hand, watching teams like Marocco, Senegal, Japan or Iran play is amazing. These teams aren’t technically very good, but they’ve got so much passion, so much heart, so much will... which just shows this stark contrast with the Polish team, which technically is a number 8 team in the world according to FIFA ranking... but simply doesn’t have what it takes to play in a tournament like this.

The upside of this situation is that instead of cheering any particular team now, I’m just watching each game and enjoying it every time I see a team really “show up” and “step up” for the occasion. I’m just deeply disappointed that my national team decided not to...

Question: Who do you think will win World Cup 2018?

Friday, November 10, 2017

💡 Templates I use to review my day, week and quarter

Today is Friday (and we’re doing Fridays differently at Nozbe) and it’s time for my weekly review so before I start just that, I decided to post this short reference to my best NozbeHOW templates which I regularly use to perform my reviews - you can use these templates even if you don’t have a Nozbe acccount:

Templates I use to review my day, week and quarter

How I go about my day

This past week has been very productive for me because I stuck to my Unschedule calendar and Pomodoro Technique and especially I’ve used the "daily template" I wrote about on the Nozbe blog.

What I do: Every morning after I journal I open Nozbe and go to my templates and open my "Today" template to create a new project with today’s date as the name, like "10 Nov 2017" and I go about my day completing each 30min interval as another "pomodoro". At the end of the day I review this project and complete it.

Today template on

How I go about my Weekly Review

I’ve described the process in detail here but I basically create a new project from my template and give it a name like "45th weekly review" (where 45 is the number of the week in the year) and I go through the project:

Weekly Review template on

How I go about my Quarterly Off-site

According to advice from Greg McKeown, the author of Essentialism, a book I recommend and have read 3 times already, every 3 months I do a "quarterly off-site", meaning for a day I step back and analyze my last quarter and plan my next one. I discussed this concept with The Podcast my co-host on the 73rd episode of our show. Again I use a template for that - I create a project from this one:

Quarterly Off-site template on

Bonus - two additional templates for TGIF and Journaling

As I journal every day, once in the morning and once in the evening, I ask myself these questions:

Journaling template on

Again, today is Friday, or Thank Goodness It’s Friday here in my company, so here’s a rough schedule of today for everyone on my Nozbe team:

Thank Goodness It’s Friday template on

Hope you’ll find these templates helpful! Enjoy and share your ways of doing reviews and... Fridays!

Question: How do you preform your daily, weekly or quarterly review?

Monday, October 23, 2017

💡 The Podcast - live video from Wrocław

Just a week ago I came back from our fall "Nozbe Reunion" from the beautiful city of Wrocław in Poland where I met my entire Nozbe team. We spent a great week there, having fun, working, brainstorming and just enjoying each other’s company. If you want to learn all about it, make sure to check our live video recording of the 116th episode of the Podcast. It’s great to be able to do this recording live, we had lots of fun:

Hope you enjoyed watching this video as much as we did recording it, and if you like The Podcast make sure to check out past episodes, or:

Subscribe to The Podcast in iTunes | [Subscribe on YouTube][y] | [Get RSS][rss]

Thanks! The next video podcast will probably be recorded in half a year... let’s see if we keep up learning Spanish and French...

Sent from my iPhone 7 Plus

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

💡 Essential iPad Pro accessories for an #iPadOnly life

As I do most of my work on the iPad (and wrote an #iPadOnly book all about it), people keep asking me a few questions every now and then: Can the iPad Pro be really used for work? or How should I set up my new iPad Pro? or Why switching to iPad might make sense for me? or Which apps do you use on your iPad Pro? or... Which iPad Pro accessories are most essential for you? - and that’s the question I’d like to answer with this short article:

Essential iPad Pro accessories for an #iPadOnly life

iPad Pro 10.5" with Smart Keyboard Cover

Over my years of testing iPads I’ve had several iPad keyboards - from Logitech to Zagg but what I really like about the default Apple’s Smart Keyboard Cover is the fact that it’s barely there - it’s very thin and doesn’t require charging or Bluetooth connection - and it’s with me all the time and just like a typical Smart Cover - protects my screen. And yes, I prefer the smaller iPad 10.5" over the big one.

Apple Pencil with pencil holder glued to the iPad

I love Apple Pencil and how it lets me just draw on the iPad without any friction or lag. It’s really cool. And with iOS11 the annotation functions are even better - I’ve switched to iOS11 "Files" app to store and markup my PDFs and "Notes" app to draw handwritten notes. I still use Evernote for all the other notes.

I have the Apple Pencil attached with Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop and thanks to this solution my Apple Pencil is always with me. The only downside is that when the pencil is so close to the iPad, it drains the battery quickly... and there’s no on/off switch on the pencil...

Messenger Bag with Powerbank and AirPods inside

I still use the same Messenger Bag which I bought when I was in Japan - you can see it in this video and I have a big Powerbank inside with a short 4-inch (10 cm) Lightning cable in case I run out of juice at some point during the day.

And yes, I have my AirPods with me at all times - they work with both my iPhone and iPad.

Need to know more about my iPad gadgets - this old video is still pretty much relevant

Question: Which gadgets do you use with your iPad or iPhone?

Sent from my iPhone 7 Plus

Monday, July 31, 2017

💡 Running, listening to books, podcasts and taking notes with Apple Watch

People on Twitter and listeners to The Podcast keep asking me how I use the Apple Watch for running. Especially that I like to listen to podcasts or audiobooks while doing sports. I also take notes directly on the Apple Watch, here’s how:

Running, listening to books, podcasts and taking notes with Apple Watch

Running with Apple Watch

I use Runkeeper app to track my running and I always launch it directly from my Apple Watch. This way I can track my heart rate, especially now that I’m preparing to break the 45-minute barrier on a 10k run.

Listening to Podcasts

Update August 2017: Marco, the Overcast founder removed this feature from the app so I can’t listen to podcast directly from the watch anymore... I have to carry my iPhone again for that. Shame...

This used to work before the update above:

I use Overcast: Podcast Player to listen to my podcasts and just recently this app lets me upload a podcast episode to the watch directly. I usually upload an episode of ATP directly to watch and just take my Bluetooth headsets - Mpow Enchanter with me and I leave my iPhone 7 Plus at home! Isn’t that cool!?

Listening to Audiobooks

I use Audible to listen to audiobooks - check out my list of books I read and recommend - and unfortunately I can’t upload a book to the watch so I have to carry my iPhone with me when I want to listen to a book.

Taking notes on the Apple Watch

I created a workflow - Add to Book Notes that lets me just tap on Workflow app and tap again to start talking to my watch to dictate notes. This then is being transcribed and added to my text file called "book.txt" in my Dropbox folder. It’s really neat - this way I can add an important note even in the middle of my run!

I love my Apple Watch!

The latest Apple Watch Series 2 Nike lets me run with it, swim and bike with it... and listen to podcasts and even take notes while listening to audiobooks... and the battery holds almost two full days... and takes only a short while to recharge.

Hope this was useful - if you have any questions, ask them below or ping me on Twitter - thanks!

Question: How do you use your Apple Watch for sports and other things?

Sent from my iPhone 7 Plus

Saturday, June 17, 2017

💯 Video of our 100th episode of The Podcast - celebrating two years podcasting weekly!

A week ago on WWDC in San Jose, California, we recorded our 100th episode of The Podcast - which is a great milestone - just two years in, we managed to record 100 episodes and we're enjoying it a lot. So cool the 100th espisode celebration happened when we were both at the same physical place - thousands of miles from our homes... and we recorded a video for you to enjoy:


We're recording with only one microphone connected to my iPhone, we're totally tired and we're still jet-lagged. But hope you enjoyed this one - it's a great trip down the memory lane for us and hopefully for you.

Question: Which of our 100 episodes was your favorite?

Sent from my iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black

Monday, May 22, 2017

💡 38 years young - the possibilities are infinite!

This past weekend I turned 38 (Saturday, May 20). Another year. Another number. Creeping up on forty, but still not there yet. In this short post I want to let you know why the number 38 is so important to me and why I'm excited about what's ahead of me.

38 years young - the possibilities are infinite!

38 means a lot to me... leading to infinity!

For some reason the number 38 has always meant "a lot" to me. Maybe because of the shape of this number - as you can see from my drawing above, it has a lot to do with infinity symbol. This means I'm already plenty old - but on the other there's still a lot of years ahead of me and I'm really excited about the infinite possibilities of the future!

Family-wise, the serious stuff is coming!

I have three daughters, the oldest is 8, the middle is almost 5 and the youngest is 10 months... so the good stuff is still ahead of me - when they start growing up, becoming teenagers, beoming amazing women... becoming a better version of me. Can't wait to witness this and be a part of their life. This will be exciting and heart-breaking...

Business-wise, I'm just getting started!

Nozbe turned 10 this year, so I've been around the block for a while, but now that I think about it, I've been developing it pretty slowly and cautiously over the last years... and it's time to accelerate this. Too many people are still not well organized... Too many companies and teams are still using email to collaborate... Too many old habits die too hard... so I want to speed things up and double down on Nozbe development and Nozbe marketing. We've got great things up our sleeve and I can't wait to share them with you. The future years of Nozbe will get really exciting!

38 is just a number!

I feel very young, I'm probably in the best shape of my life (and a next triathlon race next weekend!) and I've got really exciting stuff to work on. I'm so grateful and thankful to everyone who crossed my path so far and can't wait to keep changing the world with you all.

P.S. Having birthday in this day and age is also fun because you get wishes from all over the world on Facebook and other social media channels. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Question: What are your thoughts when your birthday hits?

Sent from my iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black

Friday, March 10, 2017

💡 3 reasons why I'm enjoying my jet black iPhone 7 Plus so much?

I've been writing on this blog for a while about my iPhones and my special love for the "Plus size" iPhone but now that I've had the latest iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black, my love grew even stronger for this particular device and I'm enjoying it even more. Here's why:

Why I'm enjoying my jet black iPhone 7 Plus so much?

Plus size is almost perfect!

Yes, I still love the big screen - the more display real estate just helps me get more things done every day. Can't express it enough, it just works. When I look at the smaller size phones I'm like: "how can you use this tiny thing?" - and that's my point of view even though I'm a relatively short guy with relatively tiny hands.

It's "almost perfect" because I'd love the screen to be big but the phone to be a little smaller... and there are rumors about the upcoming 10-year anniversary iPhone that will be just perfect for me... let's see!

Jet Black finish is gorgeous!

The new Jet Black finish just rocks. I love it. It's the first iPhone since I don't know when that I'm not using a case for. I'm just using it "bare naked" all the time and I'm enjoying every moment I hold it in my hands. The Jet Black finish is not as slippery as the other ones so it just works great without the case.

Yes, it scratches a lot. I have lot of "micro-abrasions" on this thing but I don't care. It's still beautiful.

Double-camera action is amazing!

Usually there would be no difference between the standard iPhone and the Plus size apart from the size... but now with 7 series the Plus version has two cameras and it's amazing. Especially if you're taking pictures of kids, having the 2X optical zoom or the "portrait mode" help take amazing pictures of your loved ones. Now that I have three kids I appreciate it even more.

Question: Which iPhone or smartphone do you use and why? Have you tried the big Plus iPhone?

Sent from my iPhone 7 Plus