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Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for 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 teams and their leaders do great things by working in a truly modern way since 2007. I work from home, I don’t email my team and I don’t work on Fridays!
My projects: Nozbe to-do app for teams and #NoOffice book
Side projects: Journal, Dice and YouTube watcher

Latest blog posts from me:

🎙 No Office FM #42: Why Would You Attend In-person Conference?

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 /noofficefm-42/

Welcome to the episode #42 of my podcast about working remotely with Rafal, Nozbe’s VP of Product. We’re back with Rafał recording the podcast and talking about his experience attending an in-person conference after the covid pandemic. In the second part of the show we’re also commenting on Apple’s WWDC conference. Enjoy!

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🎾 🎬 Warriors win 4th NBA championship in 8 years - why a selfless team is the best 🏀

Monday, June 20, 2022 /selfless/

I’m a basketball fan and I’ve written about my favorite team Golden State Warriors before and their unselfish play but now that they’ve won the title one more time, I have additional thoughts. After being 5 times in the NBA finals in a row, they were hit by injuries, adversity and they fell to the rock-bottom of the league, only to come back up and win a title again. It was about their selflessness once again!:

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🎂 43 and I get to choose what I want to do

Thursday, June 16, 2022 /forty3/

Welcome to my long-overdue birthday blog post. I turned forty three almost a month ago but never got around to writing what this age means to me. Considering my personal and business situation, the post-pandemic world and the war in Ukraine, it all comes down to one thing: I get to choose what I do from now on! Below I’m explaining what I mean by that and which choices I’m making:

43 and I get to choose what I want to do

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🍎 🤩 On Anything But Idle - WWDC2022 - new stuff from Apple!

Thursday, June 9, 2022 /anythingbutidle-wwdc22/

As it happens, I was invited again to my favorite geeky podcast - Anything But Idle where with my friends - Augusto and Ray - I could geek out and chat about new stuff that’s coming from Apple in the months to come - new iOS, iPadOS, macOS and the new MacBook Air laptop. If you’re into this sort of things, listen up! More info ℹ️

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🎙 No Office FM #41: Work From Anywhere You Want

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 /noofficefm-41/

Welcome to the episode #41 of my podcast about working remotely with Rafal, Nozbe’s VP of Product. In this episode we talk about changing offices and really enjoying a flexible lifestyle of being able to get things done from anywhere you want. Tips, tricks and ideas for inspiration!

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💼 ☹️ Businesses is business - which companies have no moral compass and still actively operate in Russia

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 /norussia/

When the war in Ukraine hit I was shocked and sad. As Russian attacks continued I took a stand personally and as Nozbe and stopped all our business with Russia. I couldn’t with clear conscience continue doing “business as usual” when Russian/Putin regime is killing my Ukrainian sisters and brothers. Yale University is actively updating a comprehensive list of businesses that left Russia where we are also featured. However, this list also shows businesses that seem to not care that they’re supporting a terrorist regime of Putin. Here are the ones that stand out for me personally:

Businesses is business - which companies have no moral compass and still actively operate in Russia

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⌚️ 🎾 15th olympic-distance triathlon completed - let’s keep swimming, cycling and running!

Monday, May 16, 2022 /tri15/

When back in 2014 I tried a sprint-distance triathlon I didn’t suspect I’d stick with this kind of race for so long. Later that year I tried my first olympic-distance triathlon which is 1.5km swimming 🏊‍♂️, 40km cycling 🚴‍♂️ and 10km running 🏃‍♂️ - all sports one after another - and I loved it and started doing such races regularly! Three years ago I completed 11th race and yesterday - 8 years from starting my triathlon adventure - I finished my 15th olympic-distance race and 17th triathlon overall. I’ve shared many of my thoughts on triathlons in my last post and described tracking it with Apple Watch but I have new conclusions that, if you’re into sports and gear, you might find interesting:

15th olympic-distance triathlon completed - let’s keep swimming, cycling and running!

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😎 🎾 Learnings from a bike accident - speed, distance and helmet!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 /accident/

I started cycling seriously when I got my road bike back in 2014 after I completed my first triathlon. Since then I’ve participated in many races and I’ve done over 15,000 km on the bike (both road bike and MTB) while also having only few accidents. Luckily, most were minor, but there were two that stood out and taught me valuable lessons - one that happened back in 2014 and the other last Saturday. Here’s what I learned from them:

Learnings from a bike accident - speed, distance and helmet!

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💌 Spring is in full swing - productivity, changes and Ukraine

Monday, May 2, 2022 /news-9/

Michael Sliwinski here, last time I sent you an email was at the end of 2021 and we’re already way into 2022 - so it’s time for some updates that I think will interest you!

Spring is in full swing - productivity, changes and Ukraine

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✅ 🎬 Nozbe Product Vlog 5 - Project Templates, Calendar & Filters

Friday, April 29, 2022 /nozbevlog-5/

This time on the Nozbe product vlog we discussed the most-requested feature by far - project templates - and how we implemented it. We also share our best Weekly review advice there so make sure to check it out as today is Friday and you should definitely do a review like this! More info ℹ️

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☑️ Ode to Markdown. Why I love ❤️ writing everything in plain text.

Thursday, April 28, 2022 /markdown/

A few weeks back Derek Sivers wrote why he prefers writing everything in plain text. I totally agree with him, but I’d take it one step further - I write everything in plain text and in Markdown - and you should write like this, too! Here’s why:

Ode to Markdown. Why I love ❤️ writing everything in plain text.

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🎙 No Office FM #40: Weekly Review Tips & Tricks

Monday, April 25, 2022 /noofficefm-40/

Welcome to the episode #40 of my podcast about working remotely with Rafal, Nozbe’s VP of Product. We dive deep into the concept of “Weekly Review” (as described in the chapter of my No Office book) and we give our best advice as to why/how/when do this important meeting with yourself.

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✅ ☑️ Activity - my favorite part of the new Nozbe - or why as CEO I hate asking for status updates

Friday, April 22, 2022 /activity/

Normally on this blog I’m not writing much about details of my app, Nozbe. I write about lessons learned in business, life and the like, but hardly about the particular features of Nozbe app… however when a feature helps me become a better CEO, I think it deserves a highlight. Let me explain why I hate asking people for status updates and why the “Activity” view in Nozbe helps me stay on top of things without doing any kind of asking.

Activity - my favorite part of the new Nozbe - or why as CEO I hate asking for status updates

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😎 🎬 Garry Kasparov on Ted explaining the war in Ukraine 🇺🇦 in 15 minutes

Thursday, April 14, 2022 /garry-kasparov/

In my childhood I remember admiring Garry Kasparov, the best chess player of all time. Now I see him actively engaged in a game with far higher stakes: the preservation of freedom and democracy. You should follow him on Twitter but first I recommend you watch his amazing talk on Ted: ”Stand with Ukraine in the fight against evil” which he gave earlier this month - it’s only 15 minutes and it’s absolutely worth your time:

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📖 The Power of Regret by Daniel Pink - (audio)book of the week

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 /regret/

It’s time to revive the book corner on my blog and post notes from the books I’m reading currently. Even though I have been reading around 30 books per year on average, I stopped updating the list and posting my notes. It’s time to get back to it. I regret not doing that for the past many years of this blog so this is my redemptive action - I’m starting with my review of the Power of Regret by Daniel Pink:

The Power of Regret by Daniel Pink - (audio)book of the week

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