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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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💌 Are you a SMART business owner? Do you believe in what we believe?

Thursday, February 29, 2024 /smart/

I took the well-known SMART acronym and adapted it to the way I describe my ideal customers - people who have been supporting my Nozbe app since 2007. Let’s find out what SMART way of working means:

Are you a SMART business owner? Do you believe in what we believe?


🔗 ⌚️ WatchNotes - multiple notes on an Apple Watch!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 /watchnotes/

Two months ago I posted WatchNote - a Shortcut to add a simple note directly to the Apple Watch which I use with my Ultra’s Action Button. After using it for a while I realized I could do something much more powerful: How about viewing or editing many notes directly from a watch? Well, here it is:

WatchNotes - multiple notes on an Apple Watch!


😎 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


✅ 💼 ✏️ ⭐️ Nozbe - app for SMART business owners and teams - turns 17!

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 /nozbe17/

Last week, on February 1, Nozbe turned 17 years old and as I reflect over these last years I’d like to dig deeper into who is Nozbe really for? While working with Seth Godin’s marketing book I was thinking how to really convey to our current and future customers what we as Nozbe believe in. What’s our why? Because people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. Not only our core values but also how we work, how we’re remote first, we don’t use email to collaborate, or have very few meetings. How to create this tension and play with status. How to say that people like us do things like this. Being a productivity nerd and loving the SMART acronym for goal setting, I decided to piggy-back on it and create my own way.

Nozbe - app for SMART business owners and teams - turns 17!


🗓 ⭐️ 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!



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Hi, I’m Michael Sliwinski, the host of this site. Are you a fellow small business owner? Make sure to give Nozbe a try - my app will help you and your team get your professional and private life organized in a simple way. It’s FREE and you’ll get a bonus of $15 for Premium version by signing up below:

Nozbe - the way for smart business owners to get their personal and business life organized in a simple way.