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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.

😎 Lifestyle

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.

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

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

Just yesterday I crossed the 400-move mark on the Apple Watch which basically means that for 400 days straight I managed to move enough that the Apple Watch classified it as “fitness day”. So I’ve been on the move for more than a year now, despite the pandemic, to hopefully stay in shape and lose some weight. It worked. And here’s how I did it:

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When in doubt, just do the next right thing!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

When in doubt, just do the next right thing!

“What’s the right thing to do now?” is a question we should be asking ourselves much more often then we actually do. I fear that most of the time it’s just easier to ask the egoistic variation of this question: “What’s the right thing to do for me that would benefit me and only me in a short term?” And that’s too bad, because bad decisions compound and one bad call makes way for another… and who to teach you that if not Anna from the movie Frozen II where she sings: “The Next Right Thing”.

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41 - may you live in interesting times…

Monday, May 25, 2020

41 - may you live in interesting times…

Last Wednesday, on May 20, 2020 - I turned forty one. Last year I closed out the four decades and this year I’m starting to really embrace the number four in my age. Especially now that the global COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing, I appreciate more than ever that I’m in a good health and I still have a job. Well, two actually as we’ve finally launched Nozbe Teams - our second productivity app - and we already have first paying customers. Anyway, here’s the recap of my “birthday thoughts”:

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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

Last year when I celebrated my 40th birthday, I mentioned that the beard 🧔 that grew on me during the Camino de Santiago I did with my wife, is staying for good. And it has. And it’s been almost a year and I got used to my facial hair and my wife loves it (as do my three daughters) and thanks to it I only need to shave once a week. Here’s my system - how I shave once a week, how I look like before and after shaving… or rather, trimming:

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10 design principles by Dieter Rams

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

10 design principles by Dieter Rams

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic a series of documentaries is being offered for free from “Oh You Pretty Things” by Gary Hustwit and recently I watched the movie “Rams” about the famous German designer - Dieter Rams. I finally absorbed his 10 design principles that as both Braun and Apple customer (Jonny Ive is a fan of Mr Rams) really resonate with me:

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

Monday, January 27, 2020

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

Last week two people I greatly admired died. One of them a sports legend - Kobe Bryant - who was just one year older than me… and the other one - a thought-provoking business legend - the author of the “innovator’s dilemma” - Clay Christensen. This short post is my tribute to them.

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

Monday, January 13, 2020

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

Today my first daughter (out of three!) turned 11 (yes, that’s eleven!) and I simply can’t believe it. The same one that believes I just write random stuff for a living and the same one that completely changed my life and converted me to a dad. Now she’s eleven and she’s grown… and here are a few things where she completely amazes me:

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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

Michael 4.0 - redesigned and happier than ever

Monday, May 20, 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