Wednesday, July 2

✔ Why doing sports regularly is so great and so important... and how it makes me feel! - Productive! Show #74

This is probably the most personal episode of Productive! Show. I recorded it after having run 10 km and seeing a beautiful sunrise just afterwards. I did it mostly for myself - to have something to watch whenever I feel like quit doing sports.

I hope you will find it encouraging and motivating as I do.

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Tuesday, July 1

✔ Why running almost barefoot with Vibram FiveFingers is good for my health and fitness.

I bought my first pair of FiveFingers shoes (feet gloves?) a little over four years ago. Yes, they were weird at first but after some getting used to, I fell in love with the comfort of walking almost barefoot. Today I'm running in FiveFingers almost exclusively. Earlier this year I read about a study where researchers supposedly managed to prove that these shoes were injury-prone. Moreover Vibram, the company behind these shoes settled a class-action lawsuit and agreed to refund customers their money. I don't want a refund. I just bought a new pair. Here's why:

Why running almost barefoot with Vibram FiveFingers is good for my health and fitness

Before and after my knee injury...

I didn't run much in my first FiveFingers shoes ("Classic" model), I only started running seriously "barefoot style" when I got the "Bikila LS" model. I began running regularly mid 2012 and until mid 2013 picked up the pace to ~5.30min/km at 10km distances... mostly running on the beach (soft surface). Then my friend invited me for a longer 15km run on a pavement. I was afraid in the FiveFingers shoes I wouldn't get enough cushion or support so I chose to run with my friend in "traditional" Nike shoes. Boy did I make a mistake. We ran a half-marathon. At km 17 my knee started hurting me... but I finished my run... only to discover I seriously injured my knee.

As I explained in my last post about the "Born to Run" book, my doctor later told me I wasn't built for running. Well, I dismissed his advice, got back to running and now I've just ran my first 10km run below the 50min time. In FiveFingers again (this time the newest "SeeYa" model). However, what I discovered was that running in FiveFingers is not as straightforward as you might think. It's all about "how" you run:

Saturday, June 28

✔ Creating Passive Income - interview with Pat Flynn for the Productive Magazine #21

The latest Productive Magazine 21 is out with some truly inspiring productivity articles and an interview with Pat Flynn. Make sure to check it out! Get it for your iPhone, iPad or Android and let me know what you think!

Interview with Pat Flynn - a serial entrepreneur for whom getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to him. Only then did he found out, how to run business and earn money and be able to spend the majority of time with his family and on the stuff he likes.

Watch the interview to learn Pat's story, Pat's strategies and methods.

More details in Productive! Magazine 21: http://ProductiveMag.com/21

Question: What would have to happen to make you have guts and start up your own business?

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Thursday, June 26

✔ How to apply a Nozbe Productivity Sticker? Productive! Show #72

Note: To get this cool Nozbe sticker, go to Nozbe Sticker (by MakeItStick) web site and choose your sticker size (11" or 13" or 15" or 17") and use coupon code nozbe to get 10% off - for limited time only for my readers

This is not a typical Productive! Show episode. I recorded it as I couldn't resist sharing something with you. What is it? I am going to decorate my MacBook Pro with custom Nozbe sticker designed to fit the Apple computer.

How do you like it?

If you wish to show everyone around that you are productive thanks to Nozbe, buy yourself a sticker too :) You can get it from Mads - the founder of Make It Stick (http://makeitstick.co/)

Question: Have you got any stickers on your electronic devices or you prefer to have it absolutely plain?

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Tuesday, June 24

✔ How I became leaner, healthier and stronger? My first 6 months of 2014 in detail: slow carb diet, new eating habits and a lot more regular exercise.

In the last 2 years I managed to get even more in shape by running very regularly. This year I decided to run some more and maybe try to finally lose drastically more weight. In this post I'll show you how I lost ~10% of my bodyweight in the first 2 months of 2014 and in the remaining 4 months lost 2 kg more and became even more fit than before. And all that without starving myself. On the contrary, eating more and healthier.

How I became leaner, healthier and stronger? My first 6 months of 2014 in detail: slow carb diet, new eating habits and a lot more regular exercise.

Brief history of my weight

I'm a short guy. I'm 5'4 (1.68cm). When I was in high school my weight was around 63-65kg. In college it was around 67-69kg. A little more, but still pretty fine. Later my sedentary life caused my weight to go up a little. I was more in the 70-73kg range. Nothing bad, but I felt a little chubby at times. When my first child was born I stopped doing any sports. I just worked or helped my wife with our newborn. This "helped" me reach my record weight of 80kg.

In the last 4 years I tried to get slimmer and managed to go down to 74-76kg range, even 72-73kg at times... but never lower. I just couldn't... and I didn't feel comfortable with my body. There was too much of it. Finally, this January, after the Christmas/New Years break, at 74kg I decided to do something about it. After all, I was about to turn 35, I wanted to be slim again.

Today, my weight is ~66kg. I'm in the best shape of my life. And I'm just getting started. Here's what I did (step by step):

Tuesday, June 17

✔ Born To Run by Christopher McDougall - (audio) book of the week

As you've been following my Twitter and Instagram posts recently, you know I just ran my first triathlon and I keep running 2 times per week (~10km in ~50 minutes), riding my new street-bike every week and additionally thanks to changing my eating habits, now, 35 years young, I'm in the best shape of my life. And it all started with the book that I'm going to review today: "Born to Run - A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" by Christopher McDougall:

Born To Run by Christopher McDougall - (audio) book of the week

Last year I ran a half-marathon and got injured

Before we start with the book, a short back-story. Last year I got tricked by my friend Simon to go on a run with him. I was tricked, because, my longest distance till then was 12km, he wanted to do 15km... and in the end he convinced me to push it a little more... and we did 22km! I felt great and proud... but my left knee was hurting me and after a month of the pain coming and going I decided to see a doctor. He's supposedly the best expert in sport injuries in the city where I reside, he came highly recommended... and after a series of tests he concluded that I needed 20 sessions of rehabilitation... and that I was not supposed to be running anymore. I'm not "born to run". My knee "is not constructed for running". He told me to get a bike instead.

Well, I was totally disillusioned. And then I got the book "Born to run"... and when I started listening to it I felt a deja vu:

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

Question: Do you have your own methods to deal with your e-mails?

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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: