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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…

🗯 Short

Short blog posts that I sometimes just want to post out there. More like longer Tweets that I just want to keep on my blog instead of social media.


🗯 😎 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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🗯 😎 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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🗯 💼 STOP working on day-to-day stuff on a Friday. Make it a Mighty Friday!

Friday, November 4, 2022 /friday/

Seriously. Just STOP 🛑. Work on day-to-day stuff from Monday to Thursday and on Friday make it a #MightyFriday (formerly known as TGIF). You need this Friday as a space to think, plan, review and focus on yourself. Your own personal development. Just follow these 3 steps:

STOP working on day-to-day stuff on a Friday. Make it a Mighty Friday!

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🗯 💼 🙁 Elon Musk owns Twitter - what’s with escorting executives using security?

Friday, October 28, 2022 /escorting/

The day has come. Twitter is now being owned by it’s most prominent shitposter - Elon Musk. He sealed the deal yesterday and as per reports, he fired Twittter’s top executives. OK, I get it, he wants to make changes. However, what’s with all this escorting executives by security stunt? Why do that? For show? To humiliate someone? Aren’t we supposed to treat people we work with as adults? It’s not like these people were criminals. Up until yesterday they were running the thing!

Elon Musk owns Twitter - what’s with escorting executives using security?

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🗯 📲 AirPodsPro 2 and three extra ways to charge them!

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 /airpodspro/

In the end, against my earlier advice I decided to upgrade my trusty three-year-old AirPods Pro to the new model - AirPods Pro 2. For once, some people I trust confirmed this was a worthy upgrade. Secondly, my current AirPods Pro hold only 2 hours of charge after three years of almost daily service. Thirdly, if I use something as much as these every single day, I can completely justify an upgrade after three years, hopefully having them in service for the next three years! Now, apart from the headphones being better, the biggest upgrade is the case. Not only that it has a speaker now which makes it easier to find, but mostly because I can now use virtually any charger to charge it - thanks to the magnets, I can use the MagSafe puck to charge it:

AirPodsPro 2 and three extra ways to charge them!

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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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🗯 📲 AirPods Pro - why I carry them always in my pocket?

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 /airpods/

When the AirPods Pro launched two years ago, I immediately got them and never looked back. I carry them with me everywhere. I love the noise canceling (NC), the transparency mode (where you can hear everything around you) and the fact that they’re so small and so compact that you can just have them on yourself and start listening through them anytime. Apple now launched the second generation - below is my short review and a few tips if you’re planning to get them:

AirPods Pro - why I carry them always in my pocket?

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🗯 👨🏼‍💻 Digital Minimalism part 1 - fighting the compulsive iPhone checking - iMagazine column 19/03

Friday, March 1, 2019 /imag1903/

For many years now I’ve been writing a monthly column for the leading Polish lifestyle magazine - iMagazine and in the month of March I decided to start a short series on “digital minimalism”, inspired by the book with the same title by Cal Newport (Amazon, Audible) and the discussion I’ve had with my The Podcast co-host Radek in episodes 168 “Get bored” and 175 “100% Buzz-free”.

To read my column (in Polish), get the latest issue of iMagazine (it’s free) or just read it on my Polish blog.

If you don’t know Polish, apart from mentioning the book and the two podcast episodes, I also talked about other resources that help me stay sane and not give in to the compulsive behavior of checking my phone:

In the article I also mentioned a few tips and tricks which we discussed with Radek on The Podcast so please make sure to subscribe :-)

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✔️ 🗯 Essentialism is easier when you’re forced to choose what’s really important

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 /essential/

I’m a big fan of Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism - the pursuit of less but better - I’ve read the book three times, took lots of notes and keep trying (and failing) to follow Greg’s advice… and today unexpectedly I had a tough day that taught me a lesson or two on essentialism.

A personal situation changed my day completely…

When I was doing my weekly review last Friday I had a very solid plan for this week, including a strong to-do list for today - for Monday. After all, it’s the last week before Christmas and there’s so much to be done!

And then something happened on Sunday. A family situation required my attention… and I had to deal with it also today…

When my back was against the wall… I knew exactly what to do.

So today I knew I had to tend to my family and in between I had only maybe 3 hours of work max… so I quickly looked at my to-do list and refocused everything.

I knew what was essential. I knew what I should do today… and what can be left for later.

And that’s what I did.

And I had a great day. I managed to move important things forward at the company in the limited time I had… and later could completely focus on the family matter at hand.

There must be a lesson right here…

A lesson in constraints… in evaluating what’s important…

When facing this important situation I somehow knew what to do…. so why when I’m not in a predicament like this, I’m trying to do everything possible and more?

My life is important. There’s only one life I have. Maybe I should be more mindful about creating this sense of urgency and importance all of the time… not only when I’m being forced to do it by external situations?

Maybe I just need to be better at editing my life… and when I have a plan, practice trimming it down by answering this simple question:

“Great plan for next week, but what would I do, if I only had half that time next week? What would I focus on? What would be essential to move forward?”

Yes, that’s what I have to ask myself at the end of my each weekly review… and edit the plan again. Let’s try to do it this Friday.

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✔️ 🗯 Why we need deadlines

Monday, November 19, 2018 /deadlines/