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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.

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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.

Digital Minimalism part 1 - fighting the compulsive iPhone checking - iMagazine column 19/03

Friday, March 1, 2019

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

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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