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Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for 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.

😎 Life

How my life influences my business and the other way round. How I design my lifestyle and how I succeed or fail in the process.


⌚️ 😎 How Apple Watch helps keep my dad alive!

Thursday, January 20, 2022 /afib/

How Apple Watch helps keep my dad alive!

Recently a friend wrote to me asking about an interesting Christmas 🎄 gift 🎁 story and what I shared with him I decided to write up here. Especially after my recent COVID-19 analysis, I wanted to write something uplifting - how technology saves lives. Here’s how the Apple Watch is keeping my dad in control of his health after a heart attack:

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😎 🎬 I’m not throwing away my shot 💉 - celebrating my booster COVID-19 vaccine with Hamilton music!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 /shot/

Yesterday I got my COVID-19 booster vaccine shot and because I’m a huge fan of the Hamilton musical I decided to celebrate my 💉 by compiling all the great My Shot remixes that talk about the vaccine. The best one is coming from the doctors 🥼 themselves:

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😎 Dear John… let’s have one last chat about COVID… for the sake of our friendship

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 /john/

Dear John… let’s have one last chat about COVID… for the sake of our friendship

Dear John1, you are one of my closest friends. You’re smart, driven, intelligent, caring and I’ve been always able to count on you. Yet now, as we’re both dealing with this global COVID-19 pandemic, we’re drifting apart. You didn’t get vaccinated and whenever this comes up, we get to a heated debate that just makes both of us angry. That’s why in this letter I want to take a different approach - I want to appeal to your intelligence by not trying to convince you of anything, but by laying out facts before and by trusting your judgement:

  1. There’s no real-life John. “John” here collectively symbolizes all of my close friends, who despite being very intelligent and smart, refuse to use their intellect to understand the situation we’re in. I want them to take a step back, look at the facts, and without consulting anyone just use their brains to figure it all out by themselves. I hope they will! Plus it’s a Nicholas Sparks reference. 

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⌨️ 😎 Coding is one of my favorite hobbies. It’s my happy place.

Monday, November 15, 2021 /postjs/

Coding is one of my favorite hobbies. It’s my happy place.

One of my best personal decisions of the pandemic-driven 2020 was to finally migrate my old blog from Sliwinski.com to this. To Michael.team. And not only because I have a new, shorter domain, but mostly because it’s a different technology stack and I can completely control it. I wrote about the transition here. As in Nozbe I hire brilliant programmers, I don’t code the app anymore. But I still like using programming languages to build something out of nothing and for this purpose, this blog is my place to do that.Last weekend I decided to get back to coding and built some long-overdue features like “next post”, “previous post” and “related posts”. It was so much fun! Read on, if you’re a programming geek like me:

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😎 🎬 Drink water. Just listen to Cristiano Ronaldo!

Friday, July 9, 2021 /water/

Sugared drinks are a big part of our pop culture. They have all the marketing money in the world and they try to sell us on the idea that drinking sugar-bubbly drinks 🥤 is good for us. Yes, they taste good. But essentially they are just empty calories, they elevate our glucose levels and basically make us fat. We should drink water 💦 instead. That’s why I was so happy to see the world-famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo rejecting Coca-cola on a Eurocup press conference, indicating to drink water instead. What an example!

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😎 Getting vaccination done for COVID-19

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 /vaccine/

Getting vaccination done for COVID-19

Finally both me and my wife managed to get our first shot 💉 of the Moderna type of the vaccine against the COVID-19 disease. In this post I want to explain why we got it, why I’m excited about it and why I hope to encourage you to give it a shot (pun intended) as well. Here’s us after we got ours:

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🍎 😎 Why I bought the last two remaining Apple HomePods for my living room

Thursday, April 15, 2021 /homepods/

Why I bought the last two remaining Apple HomePods for my living room

Apple discontinued the HomePod and was selling them “until supplies last”. Instead of getting rid of the HomePod I had in the kitchen, I did something completely different. I listened to Marco Arment praise HomePods on ATP here and then here, especially recommending a stereo pair. So I hunted down two white HomePods for my living room and hooked them up:

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😎 ☑️ I don’t love it!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 /loveit/

I don’t love it!

Derek Sivers in his book “Anything You Want” coined the term: Hell yes, or no!. This basically means that if a decision is not an instant, exciting yes for you, it should be a no. Turns out my 4-year old daughter, Liliana, already gets it. She applies a very similar rule: I don’t love it.

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😎 ✅ 10 years after my earthquake adventure in Japan

Thursday, March 11, 2021 /japan/

10 years after my earthquake adventure in Japan

10 years ago today the big earthquake hit Japan and I was there to witness it first hand. It was my first ever trip to Japan to promote Nozbe and the Nozbe Handbook. What was supposed to be an exciting trip to Japan turned out a lot more exciting due to the earthquake and its aftermath. Today, a decade later, I want to get back to these moments:

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😎 Building Lego Baby Yoda

Saturday, March 6, 2021 /yoda/

Building Lego Baby Yoda

I grew up as a Star Wars fan. I always admired Jedi knights and especially their Jedi Master Yoda. So when I got Disney+ for my kids and realized there was a new series from the Star Wars universe called The Mandalorian featuring a “Baby Yoda” character I had to watch it. I loved it. So this past Christmas I doubled-down on my childhood memories and got a LEGO set featuring this cute character.

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😎 What I’m thankful for this year

Thursday, November 26, 2020 /thanksgiving/

😎 How my uncle taught me which ice cream or dish to choose from a menu of options?

Thursday, October 1, 2020 /uncle/

📖 😎 Just say “thank you”… because when you said “but”, you basically blew it!

Monday, September 28, 2020 /thankyou/

😎 When in doubt, just do the next right thing!

Thursday, August 13, 2020 /right/

😎 Getting Beard Done by shaving once a week, with a system!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 /beard/

😎 10 design principles by Dieter Rams

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 /designed/

😎 11 years and counting - how my daughter is growing and I simply can’t believe it…

Monday, January 13, 2020 /eleven/

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

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 /dad/

😎 LEGO - how I’m unleashing a child within me by building a new lego set every year (just for me!)

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 /lego/

😎 When are you planning to retire? I don’t think I ever will!

Friday, December 13, 2019 /retirement/

😎 Kidnapped and tweeting… something that’s just NOT true to you

Friday, September 27, 2019 /kidnapped/

😎 I’m too old for this, right? Wrong!

Friday, August 30, 2019 /too-old/

😎 Jesus was right. Love is all you need to answer what’s right or wrong!

Thursday, August 22, 2019 /commandments/

☑️ 😎 Focusing on the WHEN and not the HOW…

Thursday, August 15, 2019 /when/

😎 💼 Nobody’s perfect from the beginning

Monday, January 21, 2019 /perfect/

😎 What I’ve learned from my IG #2018bestnine photos

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 /2018bestnine/

☑️ 😎 Time to start your annual review!

Friday, December 28, 2018 /annual/

😎 Two organizations that do a great job of helping those in need

Thursday, December 20, 2018 /szp/

😎 🎾 So in the end I want to become an Ironman…

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 /wannabe/

😎 How I’m keeping my coffee ☕️ warm using the Ember mug

Monday, December 3, 2018 /coffee/

🎾 😎 🎬 I’m thankful for Robert Kubica being back as racing driver for Formula 1

Thursday, November 22, 2018 /kubica/

😎 15 years ago I stopped being friends with her… only to become her best friend ever as her husband

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 /friends/

😎 💯 100 Years of Polish Independence 🇵🇱

Sunday, November 11, 2018 /poland/

🎾 😎 Golden State Warriors - how to keep eye on the prize and lead an unselfish team

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 /goldenstate/

😎 👨🏼‍💻 7 proven rules that will help you lose weight… for good!

Monday, February 6, 2017 /diet/

☑️ 😎 How I finally get daily journaling done with a workflow on my iPhone

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 /journal/

😎 💼 Optimism pays. Why optimistic people are successful and get more done

Monday, July 18, 2016 /optimism/

🎾 😎 Lessons on humility and hard work from the Warriors vs Thunder basketball playoffs battle

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 /warriors/

😎 ☑️ Productivity and relationships - why I take my wife on a honeymoon every year?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 /honeymoon/

💼 😎 Wow, you’re so successful! What’s next for you?

Monday, January 25, 2016 /next/

😎 Christmas gift ideas: give experiences instead of things

Monday, December 21, 2015 /ferrari/

😎 List of tech stuff I’m Thankful for in 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015 /thanksgiving15/

✅ 😎 Enjoying the present moment - thoughts after Nozbe Reunion

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 /present/

😎 Living consciously. In the moment. Essentially now.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 /conscious/

📱 😎 Dad, let’s go to the “iPad store” please! (Or how our children embrace touch devices…)

Saturday, March 14, 2015 /ipad-store/

😎 Oscars tonight: I’m rooting for my high-school buddy’s documentary: Our curse

Sunday, February 22, 2015 /film-our-curse/

☑️ 😎 How I’m setting my goals for 2015 to get them all done

Friday, January 9, 2015 /goals2015/

😎 ✏️ 5 lessons I learned from my mom - and how she shaped my life

Monday, September 15, 2014 /mom/

😎 How I implemented Slow Carb Diet, lost 8kg/17lbs in 2 months - tips and tricks for beginners

Thursday, August 14, 2014 /slow-carb-diet/

☑️ 😎 ✏️ Next Actions and Holidays: How vacation planning apps can teach you to get organized…

Monday, August 11, 2014 /next-actions-holidays/

🎾 😎 ✏️ How I became leaner, healthier and stronger? My first 6 months of 2014 in detail: slow carb diet, new eating habits and a lot more regular exercise.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 /fitness2014/

🎾 😎 My first triathlon - excitement, self-doubt, drama and joy - how I won my fight with the resistance

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 /triathlon/

😎 ✏️ Yes, I’m a Christian (Roman-Catholic) and I believe Jesus Christ to be my Savior

Saturday, April 19, 2014 /catholic/

✅ 😎 ✏️ How to never forget to pay your bills (thanks to Nozbe)

Friday, December 13, 2013 /nozbe-bills/

😎 ✏️ Moral compass. On being honest and what I’m doing every day to make better decisions.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 /pray/

😎 ✏️ This is our Independence Day!

Monday, November 11, 2013 /independence-day/

😎 ✏️ How my entrepreneurial parents inspired me to start a company

Monday, July 29, 2013 /parents/

😎 ✏️ Take the blame. It’s really your fault. Learn from it.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 /blame/

🌎 😎 This is something I’ve been struggling with recently: Getting Your Family On Board with Life Changes

Monday, April 8, 2013 /family-changes/

🌎 😎 If life would be like that, it’d be boring: Just the good parts

Sunday, April 7, 2013 /good-parts/

🌎 😎 How we should embrace and follow it: The Secret to Overcoming Any Fear

Thursday, April 4, 2013 /fear/

🌎 😎 I also work like this: 30 Minutes

Thursday, April 4, 2013 /30-minutes/

☑️ 😎 Combating the Resistance - 10-step productivity course recorded!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 /recorded-course/

😎 ✏️ Giving thanks for good to TV, Radio and Newspapers

Saturday, November 24, 2012 /giving-thanks-for-good-to-tv-radio-and-newspa/

😎 📱 ✏️ Syncing family in the cloud - two ways to set up iCloud with your spouse

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 /ifamily/

😎 ✏️ Indestructibles - Hermann Maier and Robert Kubica

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 /indestructibles-hermann-maier-and-robert-kubi/

😎 ✏️ 143 pieces of clothing

Friday, June 1, 2012 /143-pieces-of-clothing/

😎 Seven years married to my best friend

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 /seven-years-married-to-my-best-friend/

😎 Stop at red light

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 /stop-at-red-light/

😎 The importance of counting things

Monday, January 30, 2012 /the-importance-of-counting-things/

😎 Why you should reconcile with old friends

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 /why-you-should-reconcile-with-old-friends/

😎 💼 Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

Monday, September 26, 2011 /just-because-you-can-doesnt-mean-you-should/

💼 😎 Feed your curiosity. Try things out. Learn. Grow

Thursday, September 22, 2011 /feed-your-curiosity-try-things-out-learn-grow/

😎 Labor Day - a reason to celebrate love for work

Monday, September 5, 2011 /labor-day-a-reason-to-celebrate-love-for-work/

😎 Power of the subconscious mind

Monday, August 1, 2011 /power-of-the-subconscious-mind/

😎 Decisions and Consequences - taking calculated risks

Monday, July 18, 2011 /decisions-and-consequences-taking-calculated/

😎 100 things challenge to become a zen minimalist master

Saturday, July 9, 2011 /100-things-challenge-to-become-a-zen-minimali/

✅ 😎 ✈️ #publicNozbe - simply help someone in Japan

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 /publicnozbe-simply-help-someone-in-japan/

😎 📖 Recording Voice memos while Reading Audiobooks

Monday, February 28, 2011 /recording-voice-memos-while-reading-audiobook/

☑️ 😎 The Art of Being on Time

Monday, February 14, 2011 /the-art-of-being-on-time/

💼 😎 Why college education is still very relevant

Monday, January 24, 2011 /why-college-education-is-still-very-relevant/

😎 💼 Get a Degree and Change the World!

Thursday, September 30, 2010 /get-a-degree-and-change-the-world/

😎 Minimalism feels fantastic

Saturday, July 31, 2010 /minimalism-feels-fantastic/

😎 ☑️ Don’t be like waiters memorizing orders

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 /dont-be-like-waiters-memorizing-orders/

😎 Democracy is our privilege

Monday, July 5, 2010 /democracy-is-our-privilege/

💼 ✈️ 😎 Enjoying Lifestyle Business

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 /enjoying-lifestyle-business/

😎 Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 /life-is-not-the-amount-of-breaths-you-take-it/

🎾 😎 Adam Malysz - my perfect, humble and inspiring role model

Monday, February 15, 2010 /adam-malysz-my-perfect-humble-and-inspiring-r/

😎 A tale of a proud father - how my baby daughter made my life richer

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 /a-tale-of-a-proud-father-how-my-baby-daughter/

😎 Have a nice day - everyday words that make a difference - not only on Christmas

Thursday, December 31, 2009 /have-a-nice-day-everyday-words-that-make-a-di/

😎 Thanksgiving - what I’m thankful for this year

Thursday, November 26, 2009 /thanksgiving-what-im-thankful-for-this-year/

😎 Responsibility - Response-ability - ability to respond and react the way you want

Thursday, November 12, 2009 /responsibility-response-ability-ability-to-re/

📙 😎 Tribute to Marc Orchant

Thursday, August 7, 2008 /tribute-to-marc-orchant/