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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.

😎 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.


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

Thursday, April 15, 2021

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

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

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

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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📱 📲 😎 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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😎 What I’m thankful for this year

Thursday, November 26, 2020

What I’m thankful for this year

Yes, it’s a crappy year. 2020 is seriously bugged. Our life has changed dramatically. We can’t do the things we used to do. We need to wear masks everywhere and avoid other people. However, even today in 2020, on the American Thanksgiving day, I can think of several things I’m thankful for.

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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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😎 COVID-19 - what to do about that Coronavirus?

Monday, October 5, 2020

COVID-19 - what to do about that Coronavirus?

This year of 2020 is seriously bugged. We’re plagued by a virus that seriously impacts the way we’re living our lives. Until there is a cure or vaccine (or both), we have to lead our lives a little differently. What this deadly Coronavirus also reveals is that our human nature is tricky. Suddenly we’re all scientists now, or virus experts or worse yet, we believe the virus has an agenda of its own or it’s a part of some conspiracy or belongs to a certain political party. That’s why I decided to write this blog post to link to scientific research and draw my own conclusions from them so that when anyone asks me about the Coronavirus, I can point them to here. I hope it’s going to be useful to you, too:

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

Thursday, October 1, 2020

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

When I was a young teenager I visited the Warsaw old town with my parents and my uncle. It was a hot summer afternoon and I wanted an ice-cream so we sat down in a very fancy ice-cream shop and my uncle told me: “Michael, take a look at the menu and choose any ice-cream you want. I’m buying.” And I looked at the menu and couldn’t decide… and this is what happened:

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

Monday, September 28, 2020

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

Last year on the GTD Summit one of the speakers was Marshall Goldsmith, the author of the book What got you here, won’t get you there! (Amazon or Audible) which I really liked. I discussed this book with Radek on The Podcast - The Art Of Feedback because one of the most memorable things Marshall wrote in this book (and said to me on the GTD Summit) is that we’re taking in feedback wrong. We have a tendency of ruining feedback. Here’s why:

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⌚️ 😎 More than a year on the move or how Apple Watch rings help me stay in shape

Thursday, September 3, 2020

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

Thursday, August 13, 2020

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

😎 10 design principles by Dieter Rams

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

😎 RIP - Clay Innovation and Kobe Elevation - thank you for your inspiration!

Monday, January 27, 2020

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

Monday, January 13, 2020

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

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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

Friday, December 13, 2019

😎 🎾 My 11th Olympic-distance triathlon - why I keep loving these 3 sports and why I keep sucking at them?

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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

Friday, September 27, 2019

😎 It’s been 80 years since the start of the World War 2… and we still can’t appreciate the peace enough!

Monday, September 2, 2019

😎 I’m too old for this, right? Wrong!

Friday, August 30, 2019

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

☑️ 😎 Focusing on the WHEN and not the HOW…

Thursday, August 15, 2019

😎 💼 Nobody’s perfect from the beginning

Monday, January 21, 2019

😎 How tolerance of hate and extremism leads to the lowest point in the modern history of Poland

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

☑️ 😎 Time to start your annual review!

Friday, December 28, 2018

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

Thursday, December 20, 2018

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

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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

Monday, December 3, 2018

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

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

😎 💯 100 Years of Polish Independence 🇵🇱

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

😎 💼 38 years young - the possibilities are infinite!

Monday, May 22, 2017

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

Monday, February 6, 2017