Thursday, October 2, 2014

✔ Productive school? - interview with Mike St. Pierre - Productive! Magazine #23

It's September - the back-to-school time. This is a great occasion to talk to Mike St. Pierre - the tech and education guy, the President of Morris Catholic High School in Denville, blogger and podcaster. In the interview we talk about the way education and technology can work together, iPads replacing traditional school equipment and student books. Mike also shares his experiences and advises on productivity at schools.

More details in Productive! Magazine #23: http://ProductiveMag.com

Question: In what other ways you think schools might get more productive?

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How skiing a difficult slope helps tackle big problems - Productive! Show episode 51

A problem too big to get around? Here's an idea from my recent ski trip: (1) get out of your comfort zone and (2) improve upon your previous performances. Good luck!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Interview with Augusto Pinaud for the Productive! Magazine #14

Productive! Magazine #14 is almost there!

Here's a sneak peek for you: I'm interviewing Augusto Pinaud - a 20 minute interview we did with Augusto for the issue 14 of the Productive! Magazine where we talk about productivity and "getting things done" tips and tricks.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Productive iPhone 5 Review - To Buy or not To Buy? Productive! Magazine Show #49

Michael "Nozbe" Sliwinski recording a quick video review of the iPhone 5 and whether to buy it or not... if it improves my productivity or not... still undecided but because of the higher processing power (for videos) and HD front face camera (for recording shots like this one) and most of all, the larger screen - and what do you think?

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Question: Are you getting an iPhone 5?

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Graham Allcott interview for the Productive! Magazine #13 (Show #48)

Graham Allcott, author of a great book "How to Be a Productivity Ninja" talks to Michael Sliwinski, editor of the Productive! Magazine and founder of Nozbe time and project management app about productivity hacks, focus, attention management and zen-like calm... they discuss ninja-tricks and tactics that will help you get more done every single day. Full interview with Graham will be available in the August 2012 issue (#13) of the free Productive! Magazne.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

My must-have iPad accessories for the road (Productive! Magazine Show #47)

As I'm now working mostly on my iPad (and traveling only with the iPad) I need to carry these accessories for my business travel. Locally I just take my iPad even without the external keyboard, but when there's a hotel and sleep-over involved, here's my gear! Episode #47 of the Productive! Magazine Show with Michael Sliwinski.

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Question: Which accessories do you carry with your iPad? Why?

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Why Responsive Web Design matters - Productive Show Episode #46

We're increasingly mobile nowadays and access the web from our smartphones and tablets. Thus, it's time to make sure our web sites are "Responsive" and adapt to each device perfectly. We did it with Nozbe.com web site and now we're moving beyond to our other web sites.

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Question: Did you implement responsive web design on your web site? What annoys you when you browse the Internet on the mobile phone or the iPad?

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Scanning Business Cards using Photobooth on the Mac (or iPad) - Productive! Show #45

When you're at a conference you are exchanging lots of business cards with people very often. I know I do. That's why it's really important to process these cards really quickly and add them to your system. I use Photobooth and Evernote on my Mac and iPad. How do you do it?

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Interview with Jason Womack for the Productive! Magazine #12

I'm privileged to have been interviewing Jason Womack of the Jason Womack Company, ex-David Allen Company Senior Trainer for GTD, fantastic productivity person and a very optimistic one at that! And a great athlete. More detailed conversation with Jason can be found in the upcoming issue #12 of the Productive! Magazine. The magazine will be up next week!

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Question: Did you read Jason's book? How do you think your best can get better?

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dual-monitor setup for twice the productivity - #43 Productive! Magazine Show

When I'm at my home office I work on two screens at a time - one big screen (Apple Thunderbolt Display) hooked up to my Macbook Air - helps me arrange apps and get stuff done quickly, shifting my eye focus from one window to another without actually switching the apps.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I'm still standing! Stand-up desk and productivity - Show #42

Aren't you sitting too much? In the office, in the car, at home after work? Have you ever considered standing while working? I'm Michael Sliwinski of Nozbe.com and Productive! Magazine and I have been working standing these last two months and I love it. Here's how I prepared the stand-up desk setup and how I'm doing it. Hope this helps you decide to at least give it a try!

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Here are some of my thoughts on working with a stand-up desk:

  • get comfortable shoes, with as soft a sole as possible
  • first week work only 2-3 hours standing max, your legs will feel totally destroyed anyway...
  • later try to change positions, move a lot... and work max 4-5 hours standing

That's basically how I work. As I mentioned in the video, I appreciate sitting a lot more now. I love to work in the morning standing, fully concentrated in the "action mode"... and around 1-2 pm unplug the laptop and sit comfortably to answer email or chat via Skype...

Additional benefit - I'm exercising more eagerly now - the stand up position warms me up to do more exercise. It's really cool. And totally unexpected as my feet feel really tired after I've been standing for quite a few hours. Anyway, I'm still standing and I'll keep on experimenting with alternating between standing and sitting.

Question: Have you ever tried working standing? You should try it!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I'm still standing! Stand-up desk and productivity - Show #42

Aren't you sitting too much? In the office, in the car, at home after work? Have you ever considered standing while working? I'm Michael Sliwinski of Nozbe.com and Productive! Magazine and I have been working standing these last two months and I love it. Here's how I prepared the stand-up desk setup and how I'm doing it. Hope this helps you decide to at least give it a try!

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Here are some of my thoughts on working with a stand-up desk:

  • get comfortable shoes, with as soft a sole as possible
  • first week work only 2-3 hours standing max, your legs will feel totally destroyed anyway...
  • later try to change positions, move a lot... and work max 4-5 hours standing

That's basically how I work. As I mentioned in the video, I appreciate sitting a lot more now. I love to work in the morning standing, fully concentrated in the "action mode"... and around 1-2 pm unplug the laptop and sit comfortably to answer email or chat via Skype...

Additional benefit - I'm exercising more eagerly now - the stand up position warms me up to do more exercise. It's really cool. And totally unexpected as my feet feel really tired after I've been standing for quite a few hours. Anyway, I'm still standing and I'll keep on experimenting with alternating between standing and sitting.

Question: Have you ever tried working standing? You should try it!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Paper Pad helps me focus - Show #41

A simple thing but changes the way I work dramatically - paper pad with a pen always handy next to my computer - this is how Michael Sliwinski applies a rule known from the GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology by David Allen - to make sure nothing stays on his conscious mind.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Gretchen Rubin in the upcoming Productive! Magazine #11

"The Happiness Project" author - Gretchen Rubin - is featured on the cover of the issue #11 of the Productive! Magazine. Here's a conversation she had with Michael Sliwinski, editor-in-chief of the Productive! Magazine on productivity, happiness and New Year's Resolutions. Gretchen is on a constant pursuit of happiness and appreciation of every moment we have.

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Question: Are you happy? Are you getting your New Years Resolutions done? What can you do now to make yourself feel happier?

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In our iPad app: Guy Kawasaki in Productive! Magazine #2

As we're porting past issues to our iPad app, it's time for the issue #2 with Guy Kawasaki and here it is for you to enjoy:

"Productive! Magazine #2 on the iPad.

Because I'm sure you'd want to know how has Guy been after all these years when he talked to me previously, he was generous enough with his time to talk to me again, here's our interview:

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