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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. More…

😎 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.


📲 😎 Replacing battery in iPhone SE - my daughter’s first phone!

Monday, January 30, 2023 /battery/

Before we launched the brand new Nozbe I got myself an old 2016 iPhone SE to be able to test if our app is fast enough for this phone and designed well enough to fit this smallest screen on the iPhone. After a few years as I upgraded my iPhones, I put this old vintage one on the wall of my home office and kept it there. Now that my eldest daughter needed her first phone, I decided to give her this one for starters. However, this iPhone’s battery was really bad. So I did some research and decided to buy a new battery on Amazon for around $20 and change the battery myself. What could possibly go wrong?

Replacing battery in iPhone SE - my daughter’s first phone!

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😎 🤖 Another Porsche LEGO set - building the 911 RSR

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 /porsche/

After my success with Porsche GT3 RS I decided to add another, a little smaller and less complicated, yet still cool Porsche lego set - the Porsche 911 RSR which I got myself for Christmas 2020 - to basically cheer myself up in the middle of the Covid pandemic. Here’s how the build process went down:

Another Porsche LEGO set - building the 911 RSR

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🗯 📲 😎 How to enjoy photos of your family on your iOS16 iPhone Lock Screen

Thursday, December 8, 2022 /lockscreen/

My brother, who recently converted back to iPhone from Android, just sent me over this tip and it’s fantastic - if you’re a parent, who has lots of family photos - follow the steps in this article and you’ll thank me later. Thanks to this tip, every hour I see a different photo of one of my three daughters and wife. I love my Lock Screen now! Here’s how to enable it:

How to enjoy photos of your family on your iOS16 iPhone Lock Screen

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🗯 😎 Be thankful and practice gratitude every day

Thursday, November 24, 2022 /thankful/

Today is Thanksgiving in America and even though I’m located on the other side of the pond, I really like this day and I’m truly thankful for my American friends and for their influence on my life. However in this short post I’d like to convince you to practice thankfulness and gratitude every day, ideally as you fill up your daily journal:

Be thankful and practice gratitude every day

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😎 Missing cup holder bias - or how a minor thing can destroy your entire experience completely

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 /cup-holder/

You are planning a special experience. Your expectations are high up. It’s going to be awesome. And then one minor thing doesn’t go according to plan. It’s a small issue, yet it slowly but surely impacts your perception of the entire experience. You switch from glass-full to glass-empty thinking. Now everything is wrong. It’s all bad. Ruined. Even when objectively it really isn’t. Me and my wife call it a “missing cup holder bias”. In this article I’m going to explain to you why we call it this way, how its negativity spreads and how to snap out of it!

Missing cup holder bias - or how a minor thing can destroy your entire experience completely

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😎 🤖 Porsche 911 GT3 RS - why building Lego sets is so much fun!

Friday, November 11, 2022 /gt3/

A few years ago I got myself a glorious Porsche 911 GT3 RS Lego set for Christmas and I posted about it on my Instagram but never here on my blog. I’m a huge Lego fan and building physical objects out of these bricks is my way of doing something creative without looking at an iPad screen and relaxes me after a whole day of working on Nozbe. And gives me a chance to reconnect with friends. Here’s how I built my dream Porsche 911 GT3 RS out of Lego bricks back during the 2016/2017 Christmas season:

Porsche 911 GT3 RS - why building Lego sets is so much fun!

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🗯 😎 Vote - please vote or the extremists will ruin our world

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 /vote/

Today are America’s Midterm elections which motivates me to write about the importance of going to vote. Of doing your civic, democratic duty. Make sure you’re registered to vote. And then go and vote. While voting, remember about one aspect of democracy that nobody talks about - democracy is not the rule of the majority. Not at all. It’s the rule of the vocal minority when the good people do nothing and don’t vote. Here’s why:

Vote - please vote or the extremists will ruin our world

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🗯 📲 😎 CarPlay is why auto makers should just give up on infotainment systems

Monday, November 7, 2022 /carplay/

Last week I was on short holidays with my family and I rented a car. They upgraded me to a BMW 3 series combi (wagon) which was perfect for my family’s needs. This was a new car and I haven’t driven the newest BMWs lately so I was kind of concerned if I’ll get around to understand their infotainment system. Luckily all I had to figure out was how to connect my iPhone Mini with Bluetooth to the system and I was set, as the car was equipped with wireless CarPlay. Here’s why it was brilliant:

CarPlay is why auto makers should just give up on infotainment systems

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😎 🤖 Building lego McLaren F1 car

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 /mclaren/

I’m a big fan of LEGO bricks and on this blog I’ve already shared how I built a Lego Baby Yoda and other Lego sets. Building Lego bricks brings me joy. That’s why I decided today and in the future to share with you the process of building Lego and hopefully spread the joy to you even more. Recently I built the McLaren Formula 1™ Race Car car and it’s stunning:

Building lego McLaren F1 car

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😎 🎾 Learnings from a bike accident - speed, distance and helmet!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 /accident/

I started cycling seriously when I got my road bike back in 2014 after I completed my first triathlon. Since then I’ve participated in many races and I’ve done over 15,000 km on the bike (both road bike and MTB) while also having only few accidents. Luckily, most were minor, but there were two that stood out and taught me valuable lessons - one that happened back in 2014 and the other last Saturday. Here’s what I learned from them:

Learnings from a bike accident - speed, distance and helmet!

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😎 🎬 Garry Kasparov on Ted explaining the war in Ukraine 🇺🇦 in 15 minutes

Thursday, April 14, 2022 /garry-kasparov/

😎 I’m a privileged white man - and what am I going to do about it?

Thursday, March 24, 2022 /white/

😎 A chance to meet someone in person, who you know online? Go for it or it might never happen!

Thursday, March 17, 2022 /meet/

😎 Being nice and optimistic doesn’t make you weak

Thursday, March 3, 2022 /weak/

📲 😎 iWallet - an iPhone minimalist wallet that has been with me for the past 9 years!

Thursday, January 27, 2022 /iwallet/

⌚️ 😎 How Apple Watch helps keep my dad alive!

Thursday, January 20, 2022 /afib/

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

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 /shot/

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

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 /john/

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

Monday, November 15, 2021 /postjs/

😎 🎬 Drink water. Just listen to Cristiano Ronaldo!

Friday, July 9, 2021 /water/

😎 Getting vaccination done for COVID-19

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 /vaccine/

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

Thursday, April 15, 2021 /homepods/

😎 ✔️ I don’t love it!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 /loveit/

😎 ✅ 10 years after my earthquake adventure in Japan

Thursday, March 11, 2021 /japan/

😎 🤖 Building Lego Baby Yoda

Saturday, March 6, 2021 /yoda/

😎 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-building/

😎 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 /journal16/

😎 💼 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/