Saturday, June 14

✔ Interview with Joost Wouters, author of 15-minute inbox for the Productive! Magazine #20

Interview with Joost Wouters - international business consultant and the author of "The 15-Minute Inbox" - a book offering you a solution to control your email, create time and spend it instead on activities that really matter.

Watch the interview to learn more about Joost's experiences and see how to easily harness the email inbox.

More details in Productive! Magazine 20

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Tuesday, June 3

✔ WWDC'14 - iOS8, Mac OSX Yosemite and our Nozbe 2.0 development = my crazy ideas :-)

Yesterday in San Francisco, Apple kicked off WWDC, a developer conference with big announcements regarding both of their operating systems. I watched the live-stream (couldn't attend) and was very impressed. In this post I'd like to share my thoughts on how these announcements will impact our Nozbe apps, and why I'm so excited about it. And there are so many ideas:

WWDC'14 - iOS8, Mac OSX Yosemite and our Nozbe 2.0 development

Note: The above Instagram picture of me installing iOS8 on my iPod touch and later my iPad mini, was the one of the most liked pics in my Instagram history. Being a geek myself, I do appreciate my "geeky" audience :-)

Now back to WWDC. Both of the OSes are impressive. The cloud component even more (something we've been talking about for a long long time), and the interaction between devices and apps on the devices perfectly blends with our "OneNozbe" strategy, so we're definitely on the right track with Nozbe 2.0, but there's more:

Monday, June 2

✔ How to design a productivity app? Our Nozbe 2.0 design process

On this blog I have described the way I work, my tricks, gizmos and gadgets many times over. Today I am going to show you what is my job all about and how much in common it has with design. I'm also going to reveal why I read all the books about people like Steve Jobs and Johnathan Ive, why I admire them immensely and why I am such a fun of their products.

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

How to design a productivity app? Our Nozbe 2.0 design process

My job title: Chief Productivity Officer - Chief Visionary

I am the owner, founder and CEO of Nozbe - a suite of apps for getting things done and team collaboration. However I prefer to think of myself as the "Chief Productivity Guy and Visionary". Why? Because I focus mostly on the two things: company and product development. Here, I want to show you how I focus on the latter:

Monday, May 26

✔ iPad Pro? No, we don't need a hybrid but better processes and apps (and more RAM)

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.

We're almost there with WWDC (Apple's World Wide Develoeprs Conference) where they'll probably announce iOS8. Along with that the rumors start showing up of a a mysterious iPad Pro to be introduced later this year. As the big iPad's name has been changed to iPad Air it is very much likely Apple will release third iPad - by analogy to the Mac series. There are several theories circulating in the media. As I am writing this text on the iPad and as I use it for work almost all the time, I would like to organize my thoughts on the topic and encourage you to discuss this with me. Let's see what we'll come up with.

iPad Pro? No, we don't need a hybrid but better processes and apps

iPad PRO Hybrid 12"?

One of the most popular theories in this debate is the idea to create a hybrid. This would be a combination of MacBook Air and iPad Air - a 12-inch, touch screen laptop with a keyboard. Something like Microsoft Surface Pro. Joining two separate worlds of Mac OSX and iOS together in order to obtain a harmonious whole. Would it make any sense at all? Or wouldn't it? Let's find out:

Thursday, May 22

✔ People who contributed to my free book: "It's all about Passion" - some really inspiring quotes

Yesterday was a big day. 35th birthday and release of my free book for you all to enjoy. I hope you've accepted my birthday gift and downloaded the book. Today I updated the book's web site and added the "Table of Contents" to the site with the most memorable and tweetable quotes. While doing that I added quotes from all of the contributors to my book.

You see, last Thursday I emailed a bunch of my online friends, people I admire. I sent them an invitation to contribute to my book. It was really last minute... but so many of them did reply and sent fantastic quotes my way. Here are the best ones, and feel free to share them on Twitter if you like (just click on the birdie icon below the quote you like). Most quotes are longer than 140 characters so get the book to read them in full:

My friends who contributed to my book directly - Tweetable quotes:

David Allen: "Passion is a symptom of your engagement with anything into which you are fully immersed."

Michael Hyatt: "You'll find your calling at intersection of: Passion, Proficiency & Profitability."

Tuesday, May 20

✔ Today I turn 35. I've got a gift for you. My new book: "It's all about Passion"

Today is my 35th birthday and following the path of one of my favorite bloggers, Leo Babauta I decided to give you gift - a free book: "It's all about Passion! How 7 types of passion helped me achieve success with my productivity startup". I hope you'll love reading it and it'll inspire you to find passions in your life.

It's all about Passion

There are 7 types of passion that helped me achieve success:

  • Passion for the Money
  • Passion for the Solution
  • Passion for the Product
  • Passion for the Industry
  • Passion for Growth
  • Passion to Help
  • Passion for Synergies

As you undoubtedly noticed, these types of passion are related to each other and actually grow from one to another... but they are all there. All of them are different and unique in their own way and make your life richer and more fulfilling. There are no shortcuts, it takes time to go through all of these phases and after you've uncovered them all, your journey gets even more interesting. And as they say, "the journey is the ultimate destination".

Click to get the book in MOBI, ePub or PDF

Additional bonus - a video interview with me

Today also I'm airing for the first time an interview with me about my story, my path, my passions, it's only 20 minutes and it relates perfectly to the book:

The book starts with my story from way back in 2000

The fall of 2000 in Germany was chilly, but it wasn’t unbearable. I showed up a few weeks before the new college year started to get to know my new school, new dorm and new city. There I was, a day-long drive away from my home town in Poland, excited to be able to continue my management studies abroad. Just that summer, right before the big move, I finally earned enough money to buy my first laptop computer - a 266 MHz Pentium II Compaq Armada. With my new PC, a German dictionary and lots of hopes and dreams, I was ready to start my new adventure and learn new things at this foreign university...

Click to get the book in MOBI, ePub or PDF

Many folks contributed to this book

In the book I included quotes by David Allen, Guy Kawasaki, MG Siegler, Fred Wilson, David Sparks, Michael Bungay Stanier, Ryan Carson, David Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried, Al Pittampali, Alexis Ohanian, Tim Ferriss, Steve Pavlina, Neil Patel, Leo Babauta, Stever Robbins, Michael Hyatt, Seth Godin, Gretchen Rubin, Graham Allcott, Brian Tracy, Scott Belsky, Chris Brogan, Mike McDerment, Matt Mullenweg, Jason Womack, Michal Szafranski, Grzegorz Marczak, Maciek Budzich, Augusto Pinaud, Victor Mazur, Simon Grabowski and others. Special thanks to all these folks who sent me their quotes and stories right away despite of a very short notice. Thanks everyone for all that you do!

David Allen, my GTD guru sent me this quote:

“Passion is not something you go after as an end in itself. It's rather a symptom of your engagement with anything into which you are fully immersed. It's also not something you usually know you have. Others notice your full involvement with something and they call it ‘passion’. I just call it doing what I feel like doing.” - David Allen, the originator of Getting Things Done

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Thursday, May 15

✔ Un-schedule and Pomodoro Technique with Augusto Pinaud - Productive! Show #69

Having a bad week? Not getting enough done? Today I'm talking to Augusto Pinaud about my analogue productivity system that helps me stay productive and get more done: Un-schedule and Pomodoro Technique.

I refer to my blog post on this topic

Also you can download my PDF here

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Tuesday, May 13

✔ My first triathlon - excitement, self-doubt, drama and joy - how I won my fight with the resistance

Yesterday I finished my first ever triathlon. I'm so, so happy. Especially that I was very close not to finishing it. Twice. Yes, my first triathlon is a story of excitement... followed by self-doubt and later drama that for a few minutes put me out of the race... and joy of fighting the odds and finishing it in the end. Here goes:

2014 is a fitness year for me

I started strong with lots of regular running and a thanks to a new style of eating /I managed to lose 15+lbs. Suffice to say, I'm in the best shape of my life. That's why when my daughter's teacher asked me if I wanted to run a triathlon with him I decided to give it a try. He told me about the "sprint" distance (750m sea swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run) and I thought it was tough enough to get me out of my comfort zone and reasonable enough that I had a fighting chance of finishing it. And it was only a little more than a week away, so I knew I didn't have lots of time to prepare. I was excited to give my first triathlon a try. Well, it wasn't that easy...

Wednesday, May 7

✔ Why my Macbook Pro is the last PC I'll ever buy or need

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

I got myself a great gift last Christmas - a brand new Macbook Pro 13" with Retina display. It replaced my Mac Mini as the main home & office PC now. I use it whenever something needs to be done on "a real computer". As it is turned on all the time, I can always connect my iPad to it with LogMeIn. This Macbook is perhaps the last computer I'll ever buy. Here's why:

Why my Macbook Pro is the last PC I'll ever buy or need

Yearly upgrade cycles of my iOS devices

I upgrade my iPad and iPhone every year. I don't upgrade my PCs so often though. My Mac Mini was 2.5 years old when I swapped it with the new MacBook. And I didn't do that because it was too slow or too old or anything like that (i5 processor, 8GB RAM, fusion hard drive etc.). I simply realized I needed a laptop as my home & office PC because sometimes I have to work in another room and I couldn't move my Mac Mini back and forth easily.

Wednesday, April 23

✔ Interview with Chris Brogan for the Productive! Magazine #19

Check out the latest Productive! Magazine #19 on the iPhone, iPad or Android. This month I'm talking to Chris Brogan. Enjoy!

Watch this inspiring interview I did with Chris Brogan, the publisher and CEO of Owner Magazine, author and speaker. We talk about Chris' latest book: "The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth", some misconceptions related to his public activity and the radical shift that is going on in Chris' career. You will also get to know who are the Freaks and what will be the world our kids will live in when they grow up.

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