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Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for modern teams. I write about productivity, #NoOffice, #iPadOnly and I believe that work is not a place you go to, it’s a thing you do.

📱 iPadOnly

I’m using the iPad as my main computing device since 2012. It started with the retina iPad 3, a year later I wrote the #iPadOnly book on an iPad 4 and as I upgraded my iPads, now I’m working on the 2020 iPad Pro 11. Basically, I’m showing how an iPad is a real computer.


📱 Why I dig the updated multitasking on the iPad in iOS15 beta

Friday, June 18, 2021

Why I dig the updated multitasking on the iPad in iOS15 beta

Last week on Apple’s WWDC conference they announced substantial updates to the iPadOS15 and even though this new operating system will not be available to the public until the Fall, I’ve already updated my main iPad to the beta version. And I love the new changes:

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🤩 📱 On iPad Pros podcast geeking out about using the iPad for work

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Talking #iPadOnly with Tim. Lots of recommendations for apps and workflows that help me get stuff done on the iPad. More info ℹ️

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📱 📲 What’s in my backpack? 🎒

Monday, March 1, 2021

What’s in my backpack? 🎒

Despite the pandemic and lack of long-haul travel, I’m still using my backpack almost daily when I need to leave home. As recently I embraced the MagSafe lifestyle I decided to review everything I carry in my backpack and write it up over here so that it might be also helpful to you. Here goes:

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📱 Curlicues - note taking on infinite canvas with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Curlicues - note taking on infinite canvas with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

When I wrote about my iPad Home Screen I mentioned that one of the new apps for 2021 on my dock was an app that wasn’t even released yet on the App Store - Curlicues by the Danish programmer Simon Støvring, the maker of Scriptable. Simon was gracious enough to give me access to the TestFlight version of his app and I promised to give it a spin. Instead of writing him a long email, I decided to write a full review on my blog. Yes, the app is that good. It stays on my iPad Pro dock.

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📱 ☑️ Updated and simplified list of iPad apps that help me work #iPadOnly and get lots done on my iPad Pro 11”

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Updated and simplified list of iPad apps that help me work #iPadOnly and get lots done on my iPad Pro 11”

About three years ago I posted a detailed screenshot of my iPad Home Screen with the list of apps I use that help me work #iPadOnly using iPad Pro 11” as my main computing device. That list hasn’t changed much over the years. Now that we’re entering 2021 I’ve decided to re-think and simplify my app setup. I hope this inspires you to set up your iPad as a more serious computing device that you can carry anywhere.

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📱 📲 😎 Rolling the virtual dice when playing board games! 🎲🎲

Monday, December 21, 2020

Rolling the virtual dice when playing board games! 🎲🎲

Every now and then it’s good to get off the screens of iPads and iPhones and just play a board game. As a father of three girls, we like spending evenings playing Catan, Carcassonne or Monopoly. Or even just a simple “Snakes and Ladders” game. But to be able to play, you need dice. And in a household like ours, dice magically disappear… so in order to be able to have them always handy, I decided to quickly build virtual dice, so that we can use the phone to throw them in a truly random fashion! 🎲🎲 Get virtual dice here.

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📱 📲 ☑️ Simplify journaling, daily planning and time tracking with just one Siri Shortcut and iA Writer

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Simplify journaling, daily planning and time tracking with just one Siri Shortcut and iA Writer

I like journaling daily. I like planning my next day in the evening. I like tracking how my day is going and what I spend my time on. Yes, I care about all these things and to make sure I do them consistently I prepared a Siri Shortcut (iOS only, sorry!) that helps me do just that! I hope you’ll also find it useful:

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📱 📲 Gadgets for a geek like me for 2020 Christmas Holiday season

Monday, November 30, 2020

Gadgets for a geek like me for 2020 Christmas Holiday season

It’s hard to satisfy a geek like me. I don’t like to buy many things and I’m very specific about stuff I want. And there are also gadgets that I need. Here’s the list of things I got on Black Friday or will be getting soon this holiday season (or will be telling my relatives to get for me). Hope it’s useful to you and inspires you to get something for yourself:

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📱 📲 ☹️ Psst… don’t tell YouTube that I created a page to watch videos without being tracked 🤫

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Psst… don’t tell YouTube that I created a page to watch videos without being tracked 🤫

On my iPad not only I can download YouTube videos now, I also created a special page to be able to watch YouTube videos without being tracked. Here’s why I did it and why I hope YouTube/Google will not find out about it:

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📱 How to download video and audio from YouTube using youtube-dl on the iPad

Thursday, October 15, 2020

How to download video and audio from YouTube using youtube-dl on the iPad

My iPad Pro has 256GB of storage and I usually use only half of it. Recently I started downloading more stuff to take advantage of that storage and be able to watch things later when the Internet connection is flaky. I download Netflix or Prime Video movies or shows, some of my purchased iTunes content… and most recently I started downloading YouTube videos thanks to a brilliant youtube-dl script and a cool shell-like iPad app. Here’s how I do it.

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📱 A decade with an iPad - what a delightful computer!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

📱 Backlit keyboard and more joys of using the Magic Keyboard - an accessory that makes the iPad Pro true to itself

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

🎬 📱 🎥 Magic Keyboard review - Team Productivity Show #4

Monday, April 20, 2020

📱 The #iPadOnly book is an oldie but a goodie… and is free for you to read online!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

📱 How to correctly use a computer - the new iPad Pro with the new keyboard

Thursday, March 19, 2020

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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

🏝 📱 A child to a remotely-working dad: you’re just writing random stuff!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

📱 My good old iPad 3 retina - the 2012 tablet that made me go #iPadOnly - is now on my wall and it works great!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

📱 MKBHD goes iPadOnly and I really like his way of using the iPad!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

☑️ 📱 How intermittent journaling and some smart Siri shortcuts help me enjoy more intentional and productive days

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

🏝 📱 Why in any company you should be using version control for anything - how we use Github not only for code, but also for writing!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

🎬 📱 Video review - why I’m calling the 11” iPad Pro a “retro iPad”?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

📱 How my younger self convinced me to go with the smaller 11” iPad Pro

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

📱 📲 Quirks and issues when migrating to a new iOS device (case of iPad Pro 11” & iPhone XS)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

📱 ☑️ Workflows that build regular habits and help me get stuff done quicker

Thursday, February 1, 2018

📱 iPadOnly podcast recording set – how to travel & record podcasts with great quality and minimum equipment

Monday, September 18, 2017

📱 Essential iPad Pro accessories for an #iPadOnly life

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

📱 👨🏼‍💻 Being #iPadOnly on 10.5” – is the new iPad Pro with iOS11 finally a serious setup for work?

Monday, August 7, 2017

📱 How setting up a new iPad Pro for work can is an exercise in minimalism and focus

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

📱 7 Reasons why switching to the iPad as your main computer is not just about the iPad Pro and iOS11…

Monday, June 19, 2017

📱 ☑️ A complete list of iPad apps that let me be #iPadOnly

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

📱 👨🏼‍💻 How “baby” iPad Pro became my computer of the year 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

📱 👨🏼‍💻 There are two iPads: a big one, and a small one. But which one is better for me?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

📱 👨🏼‍💻 It’s been 4 years since I went #iPadOnly but the real era of iPads has just begun

Thursday, August 4, 2016

👨🏼‍💻 📱 What my new iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard taught me about productivity

Monday, April 18, 2016

📱 Using a software keyboard on an iPad Pro in a vertical mode. With Smart Cover!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

📱 Can the iPad Pro substitute a laptop? Well… Yes. And No.

Monday, November 23, 2015

📱 Using my age-old Zagg keyboard with my iPad Pro

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

📱 After unboxing the iPad Pro - first impressions: it’s huge (duh!)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

📱 Web browsing is dead on mobile? Or how I planned my vacation on my iPad without the web…

Thursday, October 22, 2015

👨🏼‍💻 📱 Who is iPad Pro for? Me or you?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

📱 Hello, I’m Michael and I have 5 iPads…

Tuesday, September 15, 2015