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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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🍿 ⭐️ “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!


💌 💼 ✅ Free trials are a waste of everyone’s time

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 /trial/

Today I’m offering a very controversial take on trials. Industry standard is to offer them… but at Nozbe we just stopped doing that 🛑. We’ve found out that trials are ineffective so so let’s do something different:

Free trials are a waste of everyone’s time


📱 🍎 New iPad Pros announced - first impressions!

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 /ipad24/

Yesterday Apple unveiled the new iPad Airs and iPad Pros and since my current (awesome) iPad Pro 13” is going to turn 3 years old in 2 months, I’m searching for a reason to replace it with a new one. That being said, my 3 year-old iPad Pro is awesome. I completely don’t need to replace it. But maybe I want to? Let’s see:

New iPad Pros announced - first impressions!


📲 🕹️ ⭐️ Perfect iPhone 15 Pro case is… Peak Design? Spigen? Mous? Pitaka?…

Monday, May 6, 2024 /case/

The trouble with iPhone 15 Pro or my previous 15 Mini any other iPhones for that matter is that I can’t use them case-less. I’ve tried and I’m just too stressed about the iPhone when it’s outside of the case. But… the cases add bulk and weight to the otherwise lighter and smaller titanium iPhone. So I started searching for a perfect case which would offer a basic protection and would be as slim and light as can be. Here’s what I’ve got:

Perfect iPhone 15 Pro case is… Peak Design? Spigen? Mous? Pitaka?…


🔗 📲 ⭐️ Clipboard Manager using Shortcuts for iOS - perfect for iPhone 15 Pro Action Button

Thursday, May 2, 2024 /clipboard/

Ever since I got the iPhone 15 Pro I’ve been loving the new Action button and I keep inventing ideas how to use it even more. I’ve added many Shortcuts to it, like Journaling, Watch Notes, Dice and others… and recently I came up with a very cool idea - how to finally build my very own Clipboard manager using Shortcuts that takes advantage of the Action button, adds very useful features and the result is… glorious - and you can get it for free below:

Clipboard Manager using Shortcuts for iOS - perfect for iPhone 15 Pro Action Button


🏝 Visiting a city is an opportunity to reconnect with people, especially if you’re working remotely

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 /visiting/

I run my company completely remotely. We have no office. That’s why whenever I visit a city I try to maximize my stay by checking in with people I know are from there. Is anyone from my Nozbe team there? Any of our partners? Customers?… and I try to schedule in-person meetings so we can hang out and enjoy each other’s company for a while and strengthen our personal bonds. Here’s a recap of my recent day in Wrocław:

Visiting a city is an opportunity to reconnect with people, especially if you’re working remotely


📝 On April 29 I am…

Monday, April 29, 2024 /now240429/

First quarter of 2024 is done. Lots of new things happened at Nozbe and in my life… good progress all around!

On April 29 I am…


🤩 On Coffee Journeys about lessons from traveling with kids, earthquakes and intentional use of technology

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 /coffeejourneys/

Piotr, my good online friend and host of CoffeeJourneys Podcast invited me for a random episode where we both shared our experiences as dads, tech geeks and travel enthusiasts. An hour-long conversation packed with lots of tips and tricks - enjoy! More info ℹ️

On Coffee Journeys about lessons from traveling with kids, earthquakes and intentional use of technology


🎥 🎬 💌 ⭐️ 3 meetings per week or less?… - how two Michaels argue about managing people

Thursday, April 18, 2024 /meetings/

Finally decided to record a long-form video on my new YouTube channel featuring two Michaels arguing about meetings. Here’s the video and full script below. Do you also agree that meetings should be regular, optional and well prepared? just like we do at Nozbe?


🎥 ✈️ 🎬 ⭐️ Productivity videos from Taiwan

Monday, April 15, 2024 /taiwan/

I’ve just come back home from a trip to Taiwan 🇹🇼 where I’ve had lots of great experiences, met my co-worker Emilia and experienced a major earthquake. What’s really important is that I’ve learned a lot during this trip, especially that it was to such an efficient-running and well-organized place like Taiwan. Here are a few shorts I recorded and published my new @MichaelTeam YouTube Channel during this trip:

Productivity videos from Taiwan


🕹️ ⭐️ Drone is a way to get super footage - DJI Mini 3 Pro review

Friday, April 12, 2024 /drone/

A few years back I got my first drone from DJI Mavic series - Mavic Air - and while it was a fun novelty, it didn’t get me to fly a drone much. However last year I upgraded to Mini 3 Pro drone and this one got me hooked. Here’s my short review of this drone: why I love it so much, why even my family likes it when I fly it and how I use it.

Drone is a way to get super footage - DJI Mini 3 Pro review


🍎 💼 For Developers to win Apple doesn’t have to lose - why Tim Cook should listen to Steve Jobs

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 /good-job/

I am an Apple fanboy and happy user of their products: iPad, iPhone, Watch and iCloud and everything in between. However, as a developer of Nozbe which is available on both of Apple’s platforms: iOS and macOS I have very mixed feelings about the company. Actually, I’m disappointed in them and the way they guard the App Store “Services” revenue and exercise their position, making fun of anti-steering provisions or EU’s DMA laws. Instead of making their platforms better, they are doing everything in their power to keep the status quo. That’s why I think it’s time for Tim Cook and all Apple executives to listen to the late Steve Jobs from his keynote at MacWorld Boston in 1997:

For Developers to win Apple doesn’t have to lose - why Tim Cook should listen to Steve Jobs



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