Tuesday, August 30

How to manage your day-to-day energy (with Nozbe)

Some people rely on their calendars completely: they work on reducing blank holes in their schedule, minimizing time spent in meetings and tasks and optimizing processes. But what if this isn't enough to fully improve our workdays?

Managing energy in Nozbe

Thursday, August 18

5 web tools to keep you productive — on any desktop

You have work to do, deadlines are looming. Then: a crash, theft, damage... We’ve all experienced this (or, at least, we know people who have). If you're #iPadOnly and have a secondary device, lucky you. But if you’re not, you are forced to use a public or friend's device.

productivity tools

Or, a more prosaic scenario: in some companies people work on restricted computers, and employees cannot install software from outside a whitelist.

Fortunately, the modern web is replete with full-featured tools ready to assist you through your browser, regardless of operating system. This means that any time you're connected to the internet, you’re already armed with powerful productivity weapons! Here are my favorite tools. Some of them are always open in my browser, even on my own laptop.

Tuesday, August 16

Nozbe 3.2 with cool UX improvements in popovers

Today we can finally introduce our fantastic users to another update from Nozbe. We worked really hard on version 3.2. This time the new features may not look as spectacular, but we believe they will be great improvements for the productivity of you and your team.

Nozbe 3.2 main graphic

Here are the highlights of new features in Nozbe 3.2:

Wednesday, August 3

Join our 1st AMA Webinar, Affiliate Program and Productive! Magazine

After the amazing success of our previous productivity webinars, we decided to do another one next week and give you a chance to AMA - Ask Me Anything!

Ask Michael Anything

Leave a comment below or send us email (questions@nozbe.com) with your question! I'll choose the best ones and answer them on the webinar as well as give you a chance to ask your questions live!

Register for our FREE Webinar - AMA

The webinar will take place next Thursday, August 11 at:

  • 10am PDT - Los Angeles, San Francisco
  • 11am MDT - Denver
  • 12pm CDT - Chicago, Nashville
  • 1pm EDT - New York
  • 18:00 (6pm) GMT - London
  • 19:00 CET - Madrid, Paris, Warsaw

Sign up NOW, seats are limited

Friday, July 29

Productive! Magazine #33: morning routines, long-lasting relationships, cloud & to-do lists

You are going on holiday soon? Or maybe you have just got back? You're in the middle? Never mind! This issue of Productive! Magazine will inspire you and make you more productive anyway :-)

Productive! Magazine 33

Please, note that this is the next to last edition of our free productivity magazine.

See what's inside:

Interview with Laura McClellan

Laura McClellan — the host of The Productive Woman podcast — has been married over 37 years to the same man. She’s mom to five, grandmother to seven and an attorney in a large Dallas law firm. After hours she hosts The Productive Woman, a weekly podcast about productivity for busy women. During her "spare time" Laura is polishing her first novel, a winner in several fiction contests.

In the Productive! Magazine interview she talks about the secret behind long-lasting relationships, differences in women's and men's approach to productivity and her top productivity tactics.

Friday, July 1

Get Siri to add tasks to Nozbe – a short interview with Jeff Sanders

With technology, the only thing that can limit us is our creativity!

Jeff Sanders

Wednesday, June 29

Nozbe Affiliate Program 2016 changes - more commissions and better support!

Nozbe's success and user base of more than 300,000 people grew mainly thanks to word of mouth. Happy and productive people referring their friends and family to Nozbe. Introducing Nozbe in their companies, demoing our app to their colleagues and explaining how they could also achieve higher productivity and reduced stress levels. To help people refer others to Nozbe, we’ve always had an affiliate referral program and in June of 2016 we're making it even better.

Affiliate program

We've changed our affiliate program terms several times before, always listening to your feedback, and I think you'll love our most recent change. But first off, if you want to know your referral ID, just go to "Settings > Affiliate Program" and look at your partner ID. Let's assume yours is "MIKE". To promote Nozbe all you have to do is point people to our web site like this:

Nozbe.com/a-YOURID

Or in our example case: Nozbe.com/a-Mike

Our program is totally case-insensitive, so it can be MIKE, Mike, mike... doesn't really matter.

When your friends get Nozbe through you, you give them an additional month free!

This is the latest change - if you refer people to Nozbe and they sign up and later want to upgrade, thanks to the fact that they are coming from you, they'll get an additional month free if they choose a yearly plan.

So in total they get 3 months free! Here's the math:

Nozbe’s yearly plan is discounted by 20%, so it's like getting 2 months free, plus the additional month from you, makes 3 months extra! So thanks to you, people pay for 10 months and get a 13-month Nozbe membership!

And you get a hefty 20% lifetime commission!

When people order Nozbe after a referral from you:

  • Year 1 - 20% - in the first year that they are our customers, you get 20% from each purchase they make.
  • Year 2 - 10% - in the second year that they stay with us and use Nozbe, you get 10% from each purchase.
  • Year 3 and later - 5% - in the third year and later you get 5% of every purchase they make with us.

On average people stay with us for more than two years, so you'll very likely get lots of commissions from the same customer over their lifetime with us.

And you can earn even more!

The terms above are for everyone right out of the gate so if you want to refer people to Nozbe, start using your unique URL today!

But there's more - we have special commissions for our most active affiliates:

  • If you earn at least $500 USD commissions in a calendar year, we'll bump you to the "Affiliate PRO" level and raise your first-year commission from 20 to 25%!
  • If you join our Ambassadors program you'll also get a higher commission after we've accepted you, so if you're a prominent blogger or productivity coach, contact us about it.
  • If you want to do a special campaign to promote Nozbe and want to offer your audience more than 1 month of Nozbe, contact us we can work with you to create an additional coupon code for you.

Help us promote Nozbe and help others get more done!

This is what I love about this work. Thanks to our app, people from all over the world are more organized and get more done and live happier lives. Just think about it, many of our 300,000 users wake up every day to plan it all with Nozbe. We help them achieve success.

But if you think about it, 300,000 people out of 7 Billion is nothing. We can still help hundreds of thousands if not millions to get more done. And you can help us do that.

Help us bring Nozbe to more people!

By promoting a product that works for you, that you love and use every day. Just send them your unique affiliate link. You'll give them a great tool, one additional month of Nozbe, and we'll send you some money every month which you can spend in your free time, which you'll have more of, thanks to Nozbe :-)

Thanks in advance!

written by Delfina - Nozbe Affiliate Program coordinator

Monday, June 27

Why the security and safety of your data is Nozbe's biggest priority

Ever since I founded Nozbe back in 2007, the security and safety of customer data as well as the stability of our infrastructure were my biggest points of focus. To the point that I'd wake up in the middle of the night to check if our servers were still up... Over the years we’ve had our failures, outages and issues... but if you've been with us for the last few years you’ll have noticed that our infrastructure has been rock-solid for a while now.

Nozbe safety

In this blog post I'd like to explain why that is, what we've done so far and what we'll be doing in the near future to actually make it even better and more secure for you to get things done and communicate effectively through tasks thanks to Nozbe.

I'd like to mention a few things:

  • how our server infrastructure is built
  • how we store your data (tasks, files, attachments, 3rd party files)
  • how we do backups
  • how we can keep Nozbe going even through a major catastrophe...
  • who has access to your data
  • and what's still to improve here :-)

Wednesday, June 22

Delegating is like a tennis match – a short interview with Glenn Williams

Do you know how to succeed in this time of change?

Glenn Williams

Friday, June 17

Nozbe Reunion: what we love about being together

We believe that working remotely is the best thing for ourselves, our jobs and our families. But, of course, every team needs to meet from time to time. So do we.

Nozbe Reunion, Sopot 2016

Last time we met, three months ago in Sopot, we did a lot to make this time as productive as possible. Company members did internal keynotes, Michael held one-to-one talks, and we all had a lot of fun working and playing!

Watch and feel the spirit

We would like to share a video from Sopot, where we talk about NoOffice worker privileges and what we love about being together.

Monday, June 13

My checklist for an olympic-distance triathlon

Continuing last week's tradition of sending you fitness advice, here's mine. A little over 2 years ago I decided to really get back in shape. I was already running 10-15km per week but after a knee injury I decided to lose weight and start doing other sports than just jogging. Thanks to the "Slow carb diet" I lost 8kg / 16lbs and thanks to a friend who convinced me to give it a shot, in 2014 I completed 2 sprint-distance triathlons and 1 Olympic-distance triathlon. The last one became my perfect distance: 1,5km swim, 40km (24.9 miles) bike ride and 10km (6.2 miles) run. A little under 3 hours of fun. Last year I did two of those and this year I already did one in April, I'll do next one this coming Sunday and the third one in September. Now, the key to getting it right, besides being in shape, is a great packing list, because these are three different sports you have to do with only a minute to change between them, so you better have everything in place. That's why while preparing to my last triathlon I decided to create this handy packing list for both me and you:

Triathlon gear

Get my complete triathlon packing list

Thanks to our cool Nozbe.how shared template system I created this checklist as a project template in Nozbe so you can either open it and use right away or import to your Nozbe account.

If you're curious about some of the details about why I structured this template the way I did, here goes:

Thursday, June 9

Nozbe for beginners and pros – a short interview with Jeroen Sangers

As a productivity tutor, Jeroen Sangers knows many GTD services, but Nozbe is his app of choice.

Jeroen Sangers

Monday, June 6

6 training plans for 10k distance

As you probably know we have some very active members on the Nozbe team. Some of us just run for fun or play football, while some train for triathlons… they’re very ambitious. That's why we want to share our athletic knowledge with you.

Marcin on Herbalife Triathlon Gdynia

Today we’re starting with training plans for a 10k run. These aren’t random numbers and distances to train with. These plans were prepared based on the experience of a runner with a 10k PR (personal record) below 29 minutes and his marathon PR is below 2 hours and 12 minutes. Those numbers count. He also has plenty of coaching experience.

All plans cover 12 weeks of training

There is a 5k test race two weeks before the final 10k race. If you manage to hit the finish line within the desired time, you're ready to go. We hope that you can find a 5k race to train for in your area. Maybe there’s a Parkrun in your town? It's a race that happens every week.

When you open a training plan for the first time you might be a little bit confused by all the numbers, so read the instructions first to make sure you know what’s going on. Each task is labelled using the following system:

  • Week number: counting down from 12 to 1. You start at week 12, and week 1 is your starting/race week

  • Training number: counting from 1 to 3-6 (depending on how many workouts you have in a single week)

  • Description of training: sometimes you can find additional instructions in task comments

Nozbe team train together during Nozbe Reunion

To get started, open the first run labelled W12 T1, then do W12 T2 and so on. If you don't feel confident about achieving your running goal, you can start the training plan 14-15 weeks before a 10k competition. Go through the training plan to W3 (week 3) and after the first attempt at 5k, repeat the previous training week (W4 - week 4) one or two more times. Then your training plan will look like this: W12-W11-…-W5-W4-W3-W4-W4-W3-W2-W1. If you need more help customizing the plan, feel free to ask questions in the comments!

There is one trap in beginning a plan like this. Besides the race itself, the final weeks of your training plan are the hardest. Remember to sleep well, stretch (or roll) after training, eat healthy and recover. Don't even look at that delicious fudge. ;)

Nozbe fudges

Let's jump to the training plans. Choose the plan that meets your goal:

If you prefer a paper version of the plan you can always print the project in Nozbe.

Training plan printout

Final notes

These plans are only a part of achieving your goal. Especially for those who want to break 50, 45 minutes or even lower. "It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it." We believe that doing small things every day is better than doing big things from time to time. So stay consistent, train according to the plan and achieve your goal after 12 weeks!

We're curious which plan fits your needs? Are you a beginner or an experienced runner? Post in the comments which plan you choose!

Friday, June 3

How to set better goals with Nozbe 3.1

We just launched Nozbe 3.1 with lots of features and improvements, and today I'd like to focus on 3 changes that will help you move your 2016 goals forward and get them done!

3 benefits of Nozbe 3.1

Tuesday, May 31

How to be productive in Africa? Short interview with Marek Zmyslowski

One of the most successful entrepreneurs in Africa, Marek Zmyslowski, is also a loyal Nozbe user. Check his tips out!

Marek Zmyslowski