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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…

🏝 NoOffice

Stories from running an all-remote Nozbe team and resulting lifestyle of working from my home office or from anywhere really. Now described in detailed also in my new #NoOffice book.


🤩 🏝 Guest speaker at the Non-profit Productivity Summit 2022

Monday, December 5, 2022 /nonprofit22/

Tomorrow my friend Mike St. Pierre is organizing a very cool virtual conference: Non-profit Productivity Summit where yours truly (that’s me!) will be speaking again about hybrid work, explaining the Pyramid of Communication and more. Below you’ll find some spoilers from my talk and an invitation to sign up for the summit! It’s free and there are many other cool speakers lined up!

Guest speaker at the Non-profit Productivity Summit 2022

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🏝 Some companies still need an office because… they want an office!

Friday, December 2, 2022 /office-need/

Before the covid pandemic hit I was promoting Nozbe’s way of working - our #NoOffice lifestyle. However people were skeptical about it. They’d pull out the it’s good for you but it won’t work for me argument. Now that the pandemic is basically over, some companies are reluctant to keep working remotely and I believe that the ones that will insist on strictly going to the office will eventually lose, however they keep brining up the same arguments:

Some companies still need an office because… they want an office!

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🍎 🏝 🎬 Apple still insists that work-from-home or hybrid is not really their thing

Thursday, November 10, 2022 /apple-hybrid/

I recently watched an interview (embedded below) with key Apple execs - Craig Federighi and Greg Jozwiak - done by the Wall Street Journal and the part that really interested me was their stance on #NoOffice work. Well, it hasn’t changed much since I wrote about it a few months back (the action starts at 23 min 45 sec in):

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🏝 Companies that force people back to the office will lose

Monday, October 17, 2022 /lose/

I just came back from our semi-annual Nozbe Reunion and when talking to my team and other people around me I realized that flexible workplace is inevitable. I mean, if you want to hire the best, they will demand flexibility when it comes to both WHEN and WHERE. When they do the work (flexible working hours) and where they do it (in the office, at home or hybrid). Companies that won’t offer this kind of agency to their team members will lose. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but soon. Sooner rather than later.

Companies that force people back to the office will lose

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🗯 💼 🏝 Meeting by walking around is the healthiest way to do meetings!

Thursday, October 6, 2022 /walk/

There’s a management technique “old-school office managers” use which is called “management by walking around”. As a “#NoOffice company” I cannot do that, but what I can do and what I recommend you to start doing is this: “meeting by walking around”. Basically, when you’re having a meeting, go out for a walk and have it while walking around:

Meeting by walking around is the healthiest way to do meetings!

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🏝 How about adults treating other adults as… adults?

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 /adults/

Thinking again about Apple’s resistance to letting people have flexibility to work from home and their cringy ad that inspires people to quit, one thought keeps coming back to me. Some adults (bosses) don’t get it, that adults they work with (employees) should be treated as adults (who can make their own decisions). Why is this not a common situation?

How about adults treating other adults as… adults?

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🍎 🏝 Apple asks employees back to the office while also inspiring them to quit

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 /backtooffice/

I already wrote about Apple’s not-so-good approach to working form home in the past (I also recorded a short video on that), but now as COVID-19 cases are declining Apple is really shooting itself in the foot. On one hand, it’s telling them to go back to the office (or else!) while at the same time it’s producing an ad that they’d better quit:

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🏝 🏠 Perfect zoom meeting setup or streaming kit in my new home office

Thursday, November 25, 2021 /streaming/

Last year I read a blog post by Matt Mullenweg - the founder of Wordpress where he explained his high-quality streaming setup - he revised this post this year with more updates. Later I read a similar post by Seth Godin. As I do quite a few interviews, record podcasts and have some zoom meetings with my Nozbe team, I decided to upgrade my setup, too. I explained some of it in my latest “office update” post but here are more details:

Perfect zoom meeting setup or streaming kit in my new home office

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🏝 🎥 🎬 No Office Book Teaser TWO - Team Productivity Show #12

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 /nooffice2vlog/

Now that I’ve written the No Office book a few months back, it’s time to start promoting it and spreading the word. I published a summary of part 2 of the book a while back and now I recorded it on video for you to enjoy and get excited about the book!

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📖 🏝 Teaser #2 of the #NoOffice book - what if there’s no office at all?

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 /nooffice2/

Yes! Yes! Yes!… Yesterday I finished writing the #NoOffice book. It’s still a rough draft, because the final chapters need more editing and I want to review the book completely before the launch date this September. However, you can read it all online today for free as the book is completely published as an open source project and licensed under Creative Commons license. I’ve already presented part 1 of the book on this blog, and also talked about it on my show so it’s time for Part 2 of #NoOffice book:

Teaser #2 of the #NoOffice book - what if there’s no office at all?

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🌎 🏝 9 facts & myths about remote work (on Nozbe blog)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 /nooffice-myths/

🏝 🌎 Why Nozbe has no office and how we work (on Nozbe blog)

Thursday, June 10, 2021 /why-nooffice/

🍎 🏝 🙁 Apple, offices and this new “problematic” flexibility to letting people work from anywhere

Saturday, June 5, 2021 /flexibility/

🏝 Remote Teamwork - The Ultimate Guide

Monday, April 12, 2021 /remotework/

🌎 🏝 Here’s how we organized a virtual team reunion in pandemic times

Thursday, October 29, 2020 /reunion-virtual/

🏝 🎥 No Office Book Teaser - Team Productivity Show #8

Friday, October 9, 2020 /nooffice1vlog/

📖 🏝 Teaser 1 of #NoOffice book - how you’re using your office wrong!

Thursday, August 27, 2020 /nooffice1/

📖 🏝 Check out first 10 chapters of #NoOffice book and tell me WDYT

Thursday, August 6, 2020 /10chapters/

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

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 /dad/

🏝 📱 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 /github/

🎬 🏝 🤩 Why “No Office”? Why I’m running an all-remote company? - my presentation at Infoshare 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018 /infoshare/

🏝 🤩 How digital nomads get stuff done - mobiconf 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018 /mobiconf/

🏝 Nozbe Reunion - why, where and how to organize a company retreat?

Monday, December 4, 2017 /reunion/

📖 🏝 E-book launch: No Office Apps - how to communicate effectively with a team using the latest apps

Thursday, December 1, 2016 /noofficeappsbook/

🏝 My Company’s Pyramid Of Communication Revisited

Friday, October 7, 2016 /pyramid/

🏝 TGIF - My team’s attempt at working less, but better

Friday, August 26, 2016 /tgif/

🏝 ✔️ Why “mobile” is a value, “mobile” is important and “mobile” really comes first

Thursday, June 23, 2016 /mobility/

🏝 How banning email improves team productivity

Monday, June 20, 2016 /emailban/

🏝 Individual talks with your team members. How? When? And… why?

Thursday, April 28, 2016 /individual/

🏝 If you want everyone on the same page - you’re doing it wrong!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 /samepage/

🏝 How “No Office” makes us… better?

Thursday, April 7, 2016 /nooffice-better/

🏝 I don’t have an office. Why should I anyway?

Thursday, March 3, 2016 /why-office/

🏝 How a company without an office makes a great team… better?

Thursday, February 4, 2016 /nooffice-team/

🏝 There is no office…

Monday, January 11, 2016 /spoon/

🏝 Open spaces: the Industrial Age of the 21st Century?

Monday, December 14, 2015 /openoffice/

🏝 Remote worker’s luxury: changing offices for different tasks and better productivity

Thursday, December 3, 2015 /5-offices/

🏝 ✏️ The Pyramid of Communication in a Remotely Working team

Friday, November 6, 2015 /communication-pyramid/

🏝 It’s official: working from home is the best

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 /nooffice-best/

🏝 Silicon Valley is disrupting everything but the way they work

Monday, October 19, 2015 /sv-remote/

🏝 Individual talks on a Team meeting - why it’s important to us

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 /individual-talks/

🏝 How we get our reunions done. Meeting my entire Nozbe team

Monday, September 21, 2015 /nooffice-reunion/

🏝 ✔️ Do you need to be an introvert to work remotely?

Friday, September 18, 2015 /nooffice-people/

🏝 The apps and services we use at our remotely-working company

Friday, August 21, 2015 /noofficeapps/

🏝 Why I do individual one-on-one meetings while playing pool :-)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 /pooltable/

📖 🏝 I’m writing my new book “#NoOffice” because work is not a place to go, it’s a thing you do

Friday, July 17, 2015 /noofficebook/

🏝 Big city life and daily commute not for me. For you?

Friday, June 5, 2015 /dailycommute/

✔️ 🏝 Effective Communication in a Team [part 2]: my 7 rules for improving interpersonal relations

Thursday, April 30, 2015 /interpersonal/

✔️ 🏝 Effective Communication in a Team - part 1: my 5 general rules

Monday, April 27, 2015 /communication/

🏝 ✏️ Teleworking in Nozbe - why we all work from home, from anywhere, without any office…

Monday, August 4, 2014 /teleworking/

🏝 📽 🎬 Starbucks Weekly Review - Productive! Show 53

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 /starbucks/

✅ 🏝 Nozbe retreat - how to recharge batteries of your team

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 /nozbe-retreat-how-to-recharge-batteries-of-yo/

✈️ 🏝 McDonald’s - my remote office of choice

Monday, December 6, 2010 /mcdonalds-my-remote-office-of-choice/

🏝 ✔️ 3 productivity tips and tricks for open space workers in California’s Silicon Valley offices

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 /3-productivity-tips-and-tricks-for-open-space/

🏝 📽 🎬 Productive Office - find your best place to get stuff done

Thursday, September 3, 2009 /productive-office-find-your-best-place-to-get-stuff-done/