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…

What’s on my desk? Here’s my re-designed stand up desk for 2020.


I’m slowly finishing off my Home office renovation which I mentioned in my previous post. I just upgraded my good trusty IKEA stand-up desk (model: Bekant) by getting a new bamboo table top (model: Hilver) - it’s wider and shallower than my previous one so there’s more space for my iPad Pro. Now that it’s set up, let me show you what I’ve got there so hopefully it serves as an inspiration to you:

What’s on my desk? Here’s my re-designed stand up desk for 2020.

Desk full of devices I need for my daily work 😎

From left to right, here what’s on my desk:

How I balance my use of the iPad and the iMac?

Short story - I do most of my work (especially writing) on the iPad (that’s why my iPad keyboard is so beaten up) while I use the iMac 5K as my “canvas” where I open more additional windows as there’s plenty of space on this gorgeous 27” screen.

The iMac may be old, but it was a good spec (it pays off to buy higher-spec machine) - it has 16GB of RAM and 500 GB SSD + 2TB SSD in the back connected via USB 3.0 - so plenty of storage and power - it has all my iCloud photos downloaded and serves as additional local storage.

80% of the time…

It’s a simple Pareto principe - 80% of my work time at work I’m working standing at my stand-up desk. And 80% of my work time I’m actively working on the iPad and using all these other devices on my desk as “support system” for the iPad.

Because the cool thing about being #iPadOnly is that at any point in time I can just take the iPad with me and work productively in any other place…

Thursday, January 23, 2020 /desk/