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Saturday, November 22

✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 5: Growth [part 1]

Note: This is the 14th excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity).

I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your feedback, questions and your passion-related stories in the comments. Thank you for your passion!

"It's all about passion!" - The 7 types of passion I discovered over 7 years of running my productivity startup

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Passion for Growth

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

Growing for the sake of growing

Many startups which become funded by the VCs have too much money in their bank account and feel the urge to spend it quickly... so they start growing for the sake of growing. They just feel they need to grow their team and company really quickly although they have no clue how to do it. They are passionate about spending money on growth, not on the growth itself.

Thursday, November 20

✔ Do-It-Yourself iPhone 6 Plus Wallet - Productive! Show #85

Separate wallet and an iPhone is such an old concept. Now with Apple Pay even more so. That's why after I got an iPhone 6 Plus I decided to create my own wallet for it. I wanted to fit at least 4 cards and some cash. Before this I used to have an iPhone 5S with Quirky Crossover cover... but now that they're not going to produce any of these, I decided to go DIY way - so there you go, here's how you can create a DO IT YOURSELF iPhone 6 Wallet out of a simple iLUV sillicone case with nail scissors.

Question: Do you carry a separate wallet? Would you want to build one of these?

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Wednesday, November 19

✔ Why peer support is critical to your success - intro to Productive! Magazine #24

The October 2014 issue of Productive! Magazine has made me think of the support that everyone needs in their lives. Sometimes it is professional mentoring, and sometimes it is peer mentoring. It can also simply be the way we bring up our kids or look up to one of our professors at university.

Productive! Magazine #24

As the poet John Donne wrote, "No man is an island." We live in a connected world and interact with other people; we can choose to make these people a part of our success. Every "productivity guru" will tell you that one of the most effective ways to change a habit is to ask for peer support. Having done that for a while now, I'd say that having a network of peers in the most important aspects of your life is critical to your success.

Friday, November 14

✔ How I deal with incoming stuff - my 5 Inboxes: Email, Nozbe, Desk, Evernote & Articles

As a "productivity guy" I've always been trying to write about what can be possibly optimized, enhanced or streamlined... Also in the field of Apple's Gadgets. My latest experiences, though, made me realize that I need to go back to the initial point and focus a little bit on basic time management rules and the role of the devices we use daily.

Note: The following article appeared fist in the March issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

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10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity Video Course

In 2013 I recorded a video course - a set of ten 5-minute-long clips where I share my knowledge with the audience. I try to show exactly "how things work for me" - which time management tricks prove effective in my case and which don't. You are more than welcome to watch the course online.

Step 1 - Inbox - Clear your head

In the Step 1 of my course I speak of the basic rules which I follow to manage all the incoming stuff. I show how I cope and sort everything out. In this post I would like to go a little deeper so I encourage you to watch the Step 1 of my video course first and then complete reading this article. I am going to share my top tips and tricks with you.

Wednesday, November 12

✔ How I (the CEO :-) use Nozbe - Productive! Show #84

Many people have been asking me: how does the CEO of Nozbe actually use Nozbe? How I use it every single day to manage my stuff and communicate through tasks with my team? Well, check it out!

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Tuesday, November 11

✔ Why we're so excited about our all-team meeting: 7 steps to an amazing week with my Nozbe team!

I'm writing this on a plane high up above Europe heading towards an airport in Poland, where 3 members of my team will pick me up and we'll drive together to a small hotel in the middle of nowhere... to meet the rest of our Nozbe team and spend a week together. I can't wait! We don't have any office. Everyone on my team, including the CEO - me, works from home - so we're really looking forward to this week! That's why I decided to share how we're approaching our all-team meeting. Here goes:

Nozbe Team Meeting

Yes, seriously, we all work from home. Really...

I've been writing about teleworking and showing off my home office which actually is my MAIN office... and people still write to me and say: "why don't we meet at your office?"... or "where are you based?" like if it mattered. Well, it doesn't matter. Not to us at least... and most of all, it really doesn't matter to any of the Nozbe customers. We're a team of folks spread across Europe... and starting today we're going to spend a week together and we can't wait for it to start, here's why:

Friday, November 7

✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 4: Industry [part 2]

Note: This is the 14th excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity).

I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your feedback, questions and your passion-related stories in the comments. Thank you for your passion!

"It's all about passion!" - The 7 types of passion I discovered over 7 years of running my productivity startup

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Passion for the Industry

Getting better and building personal brand

My passion for the industry resulted in something much more profound than just getting better and growing. People started looking up to me and actually seeing that there is a real guy behind this Nozbe thing and he actually cares. That he cares for the community and cares for the industry.

With my magazine, show, course and personal blog, I managed to build a lot more trust and rapport with my community than I'd have ever done by just running the app.

Many pundits think I do the magazine and show just to promote my app but I do it to learn, grow and gain more trust from my current users. I get to give them more than just an app - I deliver them free, proven advice that hopefully will improve their life as much as it has impacted mine.

I get to show that I am for real, that I care and that I really want them to get more done and be more productive. Yes, by building my personal brand I do get a few more customers in the long run, but it's not that by mentioning Nozbe in the magazine I get some crazy conversion rates. I don't, but I do it nonetheless because I do care. If I based my decisions whether to keep the magazine running or not on just looking at cold hard facts, I'd give it up a long time ago. The magazine doesn't bring me as many users as many think it does... but that never was the point.

Thursday, November 6

✔ Interview with James Tonn - Productive! Magazine No.24

James Tonn is a co-founder of $1.7M company built on the side - while he had his day job and active family life. In the interview he talk about how to start up a scalable business using productivity principles and efficiently lead a virtual team.

More details in Productive! Magazine 24

Question: Do you have any other tips on building a scalable business?

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Saturday, November 1

✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 4: Industry [part 1]

Note: This is the 13th excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity).

I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your feedback, questions and your passion-related stories in the comments. Thank you for your passion!

"It's all about passion!" - The 7 types of passion I discovered over 7 years of running my productivity startup

It's all about passion - 13

Passion for the Industry

"There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it's the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson." - Tony Robbins, motivational speaker

It all starts with the product...

As mentioned in the opening chapter of this book, by running a productivity application I'm in the "productivity industry". Yes, it is an Internet startup type of company but I'm not in the "startup industry". This made me realize how much I could still improve my personal (as well as my team's) productivity and organizational skills. It all started with improving Nozbe (my product) based on my users' feedback.

Nozbe users keep sending me great suggestions for improvements. My team at Nozbe is listening carefully. Although we never want to clutter our app with as many features as possible, we do learn a lot from our users. It turns out some features we planned can be implemented in a better or more efficient way... and other enhancements we actually never thought about. We keep learning a lot from Nozbe users.

But it went beyond my app. Reading about productivity "hacks" I started learning even more. I discovered lots of blogs with some fantastic ideas that influenced me to improve my life and my own skills. I started to be more passionate about the whole "productivity industry" but not for the sake of it, but to improve my life, learn more and simply grow as a better person and better CEO of my company.

Friday, October 24

✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 3: Product [part 3]

Note: This is the 12th excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity).

I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your feedback, questions and your passion-related stories in the comments. Thank you for your passion!

"It's all about passion!" - The 7 types of passion I discovered over 7 years of running my productivity startup

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Passion 3: Product

Find a mission or slogan or headline for your product

Out of my passion for Nozbe came our main "slogan" which says: "Simply Get Everything Done!".

It seems trivial, but each part of that sentence stands for something:

  • Simply - our product needs to be simple. People should be able to use it without a manual. All the decisions we make should go towards this goal. Too many taps? Too many clicks? Not simple enough? How to simplify this? We keep on asking this questions every day.
  • Get Done - our product needs to help people complete things, finish stuff. Many to-do or project management apps focus on the "management" part too much. They let users fiddle too much with their tasks and projects. We are not a "task manager", we are a "task doer" - with Nozbe you get things done first, and manage stuff later.
  • Everything - our product works for both your personal as well as professional life. While logged in to my Nozbe account I manage both my company as well as my family projects and tasks. We run customer support, product development and everything else through Nozbe - our product should be versatile enough to help us do all we need to accomplish our goals. That's why we also integrate Nozbe with Dropbox, Box, Evernote and other apps.

With our new Nozbe 2.0 we took it even to a new level by nicknaming this release "OneNozbe". What it means is that Nozbe should feel the same way on the mobile platforms as well as on the desktop ones. Whenever we make a UI decision, we keep asking ourselves how it would impact other devices, how would it work on larger or smaller screen sizes. It has to "feel" as OneNozbe. Same application, same feel, but created perfectly for each screen size and device.

Friday, October 24

✔ Why my Nozbe team has the highest priority... and how I want to serve you better with this site

I've been busy with Nozbe these days. We launched version 2.0 of our suite of productivity apps and we're about to launch a nice additional surprise for our customers in November... so I couldn't get to do some of the additional stuff should have done. Like updating this web site. Like being in touch with people.... but to be honest, my team and my product and my customers have the highest priority. Here's why:

New site, new selfies

Nozbe is our best work

Working on Nozbe together with my team is where I have the most impact. Every single day thousands upon thousands of people, teams and companies get things done with our apps on their iPhones, iPads, Macs, Android, Windows or even Linux machines.

This is really amazing. People from all over the world plan their days with our tool. Their productivity depends on how we design this tool. Everything we do that can improve their experience running Nozbe to get things done is important. Every minor tweak counts... and a major version like the 2.0 we just shipped counts even more.

Our customers depend on us. And my team depends on me.

But there's more:

Friday, October 17

✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 3: Product [part 2]

Note: This is the 11th excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity).

I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your feedback, questions and your passion-related stories in the comments. Thank you for your passion!

"It's all about passion!" - The 7 types of passion I discovered over 7 years of running my productivity startup

It's all about passion - 11

Passion 3: Product

Learn to say NO

Saying NO is a skill. Especially in relationships. I'm this kind of person who'd always want to make everyone happy and I used to say YES all the time. Until my commitments list just grew so big that I simply couldn't keep up with it and almost blew out. Every relationship counselor will tell you that you've got to be assertive - you have to know when it's perfectly OK to say no and how to do it in order not to hurt the other person's feelings.

Saying NO to feature requests is one of the most important skills a startup team can master.

When users are passionate about your product, they'll send you lots of feature requests. It's a good thing. You should read them and reply. But it doesn't mean you're supposed to say YES to all these requests.

Thursday, October 16

✔ Productivity gadgets: Bluetooth headsets review - Productive! Show #82

Drop the cables and get a bluetooth headset. Actually I have two recommendations for you: Jaybird Bluebuds X for sports and Arctic Sound P311 for casual listening to podcasts and audiobooks when around the house.

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Friday, October 10

✔ It's all about passion! - Passion 3: Product [part 1]

Note: This is the 10th excerpt from my book "It's all about passion" which I wrote and shared as a gift to my readers and my Nozbe customers on my 35th birthday. You can get the entire digital ebook (PDF, Mobi or ePub) for free or buy from Amazon (all proceeds go to charity).

I will be publishing the entire book as a series of blog posts over the next weeks here every Friday, so you can read it bit by bit (I know you might be too busy to read an entire book at once). I'm also doing it to be able to "talk to you" about each chapter in the comments section below, so make sure to post your feedback, questions and your passion-related stories in the comments. Thank you for your passion!

"It's all about passion!" - The 7 types of passion I discovered over 7 years of running my productivity startup

It's all about passion - 10

Passion 3: Product

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." - Aristotle

You're building a great product, right?

Every startup builds a product or service. A service is a product itself so let's cut it short to the fact, that whatever your startup is building, is a product. Facebook, Twitter, Google Search, Yahoo Portal, eBay... these are all products just like Apple's Macbook Air or Mac OSX.

My Nozbe is my product. I built it because I needed it. Not because I wanted to prove something to someone, or because I wanted to earn money. I needed this product and I built it... and more than 7 years in, I keep on building it.

Every startup product is in constant "beta"

When Gmail (Google Mail) launched in beta it stayed like this for more than two years... and then they removed the "beta" sign... although they could have kept it indefinitely. Gmail keeps on evolving, changing and getting better. It really is at beta stage all of the time.

Tuesday, October 7

✔ A sad story of the last one-handed phone ever - my iPhone 5s - my habits will need to change

In September Apple started selling two new iPhones - a bigger one and a bigger-bigger one: iPhone 6 and 6 plus. People kept asking me which iPhone I'd get... as I'm upgrading my iPhones every year... but because of the new sizes (and my relatively small hands) I didn't know what to think of these new headsets... so I decided to go and check them out in the store:

A sad story of the last one-handed phone ever - my iPhone 5s

Being a geek and all, I should have been excited after a visit to a local Apple retailer... after all, the new gadgets were there! Yay, right? Not so fast... I was disappointed. Yes, I tried both of the iPhones - the humongous 6plus and the big 6... and both proved to be too big for me! Yes, both! Too wide... actually. I couldn't believe it - I checked again, and again... and pulled out my iPhone 5s to compare... and this is what I found out: