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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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😎 ✈️ My family car turns 7 today and there are 7 things I still find awesome about it

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 /q7/

Exactly 7 years ago today, I took ownership of my first ever new car. I remember being very apprehensive about getting such an expensive car, even though I had a unique opportunity of getting it at significant discount. I was studying its price list very diligently trying to find the perfect balance of specs, extras and value for money. Turns out, this car has aged exceedingly well and not only do I keep driving my family in it today, but we are immensely enjoying it. Here are 7 outstanding features that I still enjoy after 7 years of ownership of Audi Q7:

My family car turns 7 today and there are 7 things I still find awesome about it


😎 Time for reading glasses

Friday, February 9, 2024 /glasses/

This day has come. 🤓 Today I picked up my first pair of prescription glasses for reading. My 20/20 eyesight is gone. Now I need glasses for reading. It’s only a 0.75 correction, but it’s meaningful. Especially when I’m writing on the iPad which is pretty close to my face. I’m in my mid-forties and the time has come. So how do I look?

Time for reading glasses


🗓 ⭐️ 2023 review - just keep iterating!

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 /2023/

This is my 10th yearly review. 2023 was yet another challenging year, but in a good way. I’ve re-discovered the power of slow but consistent iteration and this has been a theme all year long to me:

2023 review - just keep iterating!


💌 ✔️ 🔟 Steps To Ultimate Productivity At Work

Thursday, January 25, 2024 /10steps-webinar/

Today I’ll be hosting my first webinar of 2024 and to inspire you all, I’ll be talking about the basics of productivity with particular focus on SMART business owners and work/life balance.

🔟 Steps To Ultimate Productivity At Work


🤖 Building R2D2 Star Wars Lego robot which I got last Christmas

Wednesday, January 3, 2024 /r2d2/

This past Christmas I got a very special Lego set which I won’t reveal just yet, but last Christmas (in 2022) the Star Wars geek in me got a companion for my baby Yoda - the R2D2 droid. Here’s the build process:

Building R2D2 Star Wars Lego robot which I got last Christmas


✈️ 📱 📲 ⭐️ What’s in my backpack and tech pouch in 2024?

Monday, January 1, 2024 /backpack24/

Hello and Happy New Year 2024! Today is day 1 and I’m starting off this year with an update to my travel pouch and backpack, now that I’ve upgraded my trusty iPhone 13 Mini to USB-C powered iPhone 15 Pro. This changed helped me to streamline my setup and get rid of many Lightning dongles:

What’s in my backpack and tech pouch in 2024?


🔗 Roll the Dice Shortcut for your iPhone or Apple Watch!

Tuesday, December 26, 2023 /dice-shortcut/

A long time ago I built a page to roll the dice so that I can pull it up and use it when I’m playing games with my daughters and for some reason we have misplaced the dice: michael.team/dice - but recently as I was playing more with Shortcuts I decided to build a Shortcut that could let you roll the dice on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or even an Apple Watch. And here it is:

Roll the Dice Shortcut for your iPhone or Apple Watch!


📝 On December 25 I am…

Monday, December 25, 2023 /now231225/

It’s Christmas Day! I’m back with my family celebrating Christmas, my parents today celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary and I’m taking 2 weeks off to review the year and prepare myself for a challenging 2024!

On December 25 I am…


💼 🎬 ⭐️ Jeff Bezos and Day 1 thinking and truth seeking

Thursday, December 21, 2023 /day1/

Recently I’ve listened to Lex Friedman interviewing Jeff Bezos and I have a few notes that stuck with me, specifically about his Day 1 mentality.

Jeff Bezos and Day 1 thinking and truth seeking


📖 This is marketing by Seth Godin - (audio) book of the week

Thursday, December 14, 2023 /marketing/

I keep telling myself I should be posting more book notes… and this time I re-read the book by my favorite marketing guy, Seth Godin and it’s called “This is Marketing” (Amazon or Audible). As mentioned, I read the book twice, after also attending his seminar, called “The Marketing Seminar”. This time around I think I finally got the gist of the book:

This is marketing by Seth Godin - (audio) book of the week


🔗 ⌚️ 🗯 How to use iMessage for note taking on the Apple Watch?

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 /smsnote/

Last week I posted a very geeky way to add notes to the Apple Watch which required complicated setup to work on my Apple Watch Ultra 2. However, Rafal (the VP of Product in Nozbe) saw that and he told me that by sending iMessages to yourself, you can have a similar workflow without all that complicated server setup.

How to use iMessage for note taking on the Apple Watch?


⌚️ 🗯 How to re-enable swipe gesture between watch faces in Apple Watch OS 10.2

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 /watchfaces/

I love my Apple Watch Ultra 2 but what I didn‘t like about it was that it came with the WatchOS 10 which removed the ability to quickly swipe between watch faces. As a person who likes changing watch faces and configuring them with different complications depending on the time of day or the day of the week - it was really annoying. Luckily this option is back now!

How to re-enable swipe gesture between watch faces in Apple Watch OS 10.2


🔗 ⌚️ WatchNote Siri Shortcut - how to add and view a note on Apple Watch Ultra without an iPhone!

Thursday, December 7, 2023 /watchnote/

I love the big screen of my new Apple Watch Ultra 2 and now that I have Action button configured on it, I was thinking of more things I could do with it. I already figured out how to add a task to Nozbe but sometimes I just needed to add a note quickly and later retrieve it, without using my iPhone 15 Pro. Here’s what I came up with:

WatchNote Siri Shortcut - how to add and view a note on Apple Watch Ultra without an iPhone!


🤖 Building Bugatti Chiron Lego set back in 2018/19

Friday, December 1, 2023 /chiron/

Today is the first day of December 2023 and the Christmas time is upon us. Over the last few years in my family we started a new tradition, that every year as a Christmas present I get a Lego set - usually a car or something from Star Wars. I’ve already posted how I built several cars: an orange Porsche 911 GT3RS - which started the whole tradition and then a white Porsche 911RS, an orange McLaren F1 Car or a grey Aston Martin DB5. I also built a baby Yoda. Well, I never posted how I built my second-biggest set - Bugatti Chiron which I got back in 2018. Here goes:

Building Bugatti Chiron Lego set back in 2018/19


⌚️ 📲 🔗 ⭐️ Action button Siri Shortcut for your iPhone 15 Pro and Apple Watch Ultra

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 /action/

Recently I got myself the new iPhone 15 Pro and the Apple Watch Ultra 2 and these two devices have one thing in common - Action button which can be configurable. In the beginning I changed its settings on the iPhone to just open the camera and on the watch to start a workout, but after a few days my identity as a productivity guy and founder of Nozbe got the better of me. I decided to tweak this with Siri Shortcuts and create my ultimate “Action Button Shortcut” which you can get here free and adjust to your own liking:

Action button Siri Shortcut for your iPhone 15 Pro and Apple Watch Ultra



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