Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for business owners and their teams. I write essays, books, work on projects and I podcast for you using #iPadOnly in #NoOffice as I believe that work is not a place you go to, it’s a thing you do. More…

Michael Sliwinski

I’ve been helping small business owners and their teams maintain a work-life balance since 2007. I work from home, I don’t email my team, we have few meetings and I don’t work on Fridays!
My projects: ✅Nozbe to-do app and 📖#NoOffice book
Side projects: 🖋Journal, 🎲Dice, ▶️YouTube watcher and 🇺🇦FCKPTN

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💌 ✅ 💬 Messages in a productivity app?

Thursday, July 11, 2024 /news-messages/

At Nozbe we are fans of #asynchronous communication, meaning, it’s not in real-time: you do something - you get feedback later. So why did we include chatting/messaging in our app now? Because #productivity… let me explain:

💬 Messages in a productivity app?

🎙 🎬 No Office FM is back with #47: Messages in Nozbe

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 /noofficefm-47/

After a long hiatus the NoOffice Podcast is back and it will become a regular podcast starting from September. In this new in-between episode I’m sharing the details behind our latest Nozbe feature: Messages - how they came to be, why we did it, and how we’ve made them productive!

✅ ✔️ 🎬 Nozbe is launching Messages - chatting can be productive?

Friday, July 5, 2024 /messages/

After years of back and forth with our customers and ourselves, we decided to change our opinion on it 180 degrees and add one-on-one chatting/messaging in Nozbe in such a way that it doesn’t impact productivity but makes Nozbe a perfect app for SMART business owners:

💼 🍎 180 degrees opinion change by Steve Jobs

Wednesday, July 3, 2024 /180/

Over the last weekend I’ve been reading a book compiled by the wife of late Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs: Make Something Wonderful (get it for free on Books) and one of the stories there was about Steve not being afraid to change his mind: “I have changed my position 180 degrees.” and I believe us leaders can learn a lot from it:

180 degrees opinion change by Steve Jobs

🍿 🎬 Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn - Mime version

Saturday, June 29, 2024 /torn/

I’m in London now and just visiting one of the stores I heard Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn song and it reminded me how impactful this song was on my childhood and how I later loved the Mime version of it which is simply hilarious:

💌 🍎 How about playing a long game, Apple?

Thursday, June 27, 2024 /news-compete/

I’m using my new 13” M4 iPad Pro to write a new essay on Apple called: “Abundance. What if Apple let others compete on their platforms?” where I argue Apple would be better off long-term if they indeed, competed…

How about playing a long game, Apple?

🕹️ 🗯 Get yourself Bluetooth sunglasses this summer!

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 /sunglasses/

Now that the summer is looming and it’s going to be the hottest summer in the history of mankind, you should be wearing sunglasses. If you’re like me, and you like to listen to podcasts or audio books, consider getting a 2-in-1 - sunglasses with audio Bluetooth for around 30-40 bucks.

Get yourself Bluetooth sunglasses this summer!

⌚️ Apple Watch Ultra Modular as a World Clock

Thursday, June 20, 2024 /worldclock/

I’m lucky to be running Nozbe - an app used by SMART business owners from all over the world. I live in Europe so I’m based in Central European Time which covers most of Europe, but what if I want to talk to customers from different parts of United States or Asia? Luckily we there is a World Clock app on the iPad and modern calendars support time zones pretty well, but still I wanted to have a handy way to check what the time is now in different time zones.

Apple Watch Ultra Modular as a World Clock

🍿 🎬 Quotes from Pitch Meetings by Ryan George - the OG of alter-ego genre

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 /pitch/

My inspiration for Two Michaels arguing, especially as I recorded the videos of Meetings and Impromptu Coffee Meetings, come from the YouTuber Ryan George and I must say I have still a long way to go to learn his craft. Here’s my favorite of his Pitch Meetings and some of the iconic phrases he uses that I still started using in my life, especially when talking to my daughters:

🎥 🏝 🎬 ⭐️ Impromptu coffee meetings in a remote team? Two Michaels argue!

Monday, June 17, 2024 /coffee/

After “interrupting with meetings” it’s time for the second video of Two Michaels arguing. This time we discuss a common myth that when working remotely you cannot create spontaneous or impromptu conversations. Let me know what you think:

📱 ✔️ ⭐️ How can I be so productive on the iPad?

Thursday, May 30, 2024 /ipadp/

Despite my claims that the iPad Pro to me is the most versatile computer in the world, people still can’t believe I can get most of my work done on the iPad. I know the iPadOS is lacking when compared to the MacOS and it’s severely limited. Yet, I still prefer it and I get stuff done on the iPad with lots of joy, here’s why:

How can I be so productive on the iPad?

🍿 ⭐️ “I have spoken” and “this is the way” - The Mandalorian

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 /spoken/

I’m a huge fan of Star Wars franchise. Just look at my Yoda lego or R2D2. I’m also a movie buff and very often the quotes from the movies or series I watch stick and me or my family use them in our daily lives. So I decided to create a movie/film/tv quotes category on this blog where I’ll be posting some of my favorites and I’ll start with The Mandalorian and two meaningful quotes from there:

“I have spoken” and “this is the way” - The Mandalorian

🎂 45 and yet another iteration of Michael

Friday, May 24, 2024 /forty5/

This past Monday I turned 4️⃣5️⃣ so it’s time for yet another birthday 🎂 post with one more year of reflections. As I’m half way through my forties I can clearly see it’s gonna be all about iterations going forward. I’m iterating on myself, my life, my family, my business and I like seeing things slowly but surely improve:

45 and yet another iteration of Michael

📱 Second impressions of the all-new M4 13” iPad Pro - it’s thin and light!

Friday, May 17, 2024 /ipad24pro/

Last week I posted my first impressions on the new 13” iPad Pro and since I’m still happy with my current, almost-three-year-old M1 iPad Pro, I’ve decided to wait up until the first reviews show up and the iPad is on sale so I can touch it and feel the difference. I’m impressed:

Second impressions of the all-new M4 13” iPad Pro - it’s thin and light!

🎥 🎬 ⭐️ 12 new shorts: health, donating blood, core values, lego and my several takes on meetings!

Thursday, May 16, 2024 /yt1/

I’ve been busy with my New YouTube Channel over the last month and since my 10 first videos and videos about Taiwan I’ve posted more short takes and a long video about meetings. Here are my recent 12 shorts (each is less than 1 minute, so check them out!):

12 new shorts: health, donating blood, core values, lego and my several takes on meetings!

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