Getting Things Done with Nozbe Productivity Blog

Wednesday, June 14

Part 4 of our monthly FAQ blog post series - Formatting comments using Markdown markup language

Welcome back to our FAQ series in which we tackle popular questions that our users ask us in their emails and messages. This month we're discussing an underused but powerful feature of Nozbe - the possibility to format text comments using Markdown markup language.

Markdown formatting

Did you know that approximately 65% of the population are visual learners? Most of us process information based on what we see. We also tend to pay more attention to those elements that stand out. Because of that, from time to time we receive the following question:

Monday, June 12

Ask Michael S02E10: project templates

Templates are a no-brainer in time management. Let's discover why!

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Project templates are one of the core features of Nozbe. Still underestimated by users. If you know the power of a template in general, you understand how it can improve your recurring actions.

From packing to a training plan, templates are always ready to use, save your time and assure you don't miss anything important.

With Nozbe.how (a feature that allows you to share your project template with others) you don't even need to make your own templates – one click and the shared template lands in your Nozbe as a new project.

How does Michael use project templates? Watch now!

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“Ask Michael - the Productivity Guy” is a weekly series of short videos with Michael. We gathered dozens of questions from users, then we chose the best of them. Now Michael is answering them every Monday.

Thursday, June 8

May episodes of "The Podcast" - schooling, working while traveling and living in the future

The Podcast is a weekly conversation between Michael, (our CEO) and Radek, (Nozbe VP Apple) about the things they're interested in. They talk about books, insights, business, productivity, technology, and whatever else comes to mind, really.

The Podcast - May 2017

Monday, June 5

Ask Michael S02E09: keep control of tasks

Every newbie in the productivity world faces the problem of the overwhelming wave of tasks, coming and coming every week. How do you keep a sense of control? Michael's answer is: the weekly review!

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We really take this seriously. It’s why we created our TGIF policy – we all have to do a review every Friday. It has a positive impact on ourselves and on our team. And we write about this quite often.

So does Michael. He's quite serious about reviews, so after watching this episode, don't miss out on the links below!

Why is it so important? And how does it help to control projects and tasks? Watch now!

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Are you in the habit of reviewing your week? What’s your method? Leave a comment below!

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Related resources:

“Ask Michael - the Productivity Guy” is a weekly series of short videos with Michael. We gathered dozens of questions from users, then we chose the best of them. Now Michael is answering them every Monday.

Friday, June 2

How Nozbe Ambassador Coaches Knowledge Workers To Clear Their Heads

This is a guest post by Mike St. Pierre, Nozbe Ambassador and online coach. Nozbe users get a 20% discount on Mike's new productivity system, "Never Miss a Thing"!

Mike St. Pierre

My name is Mike St. Pierre, a non-profit leader in America and a Nozbe aficionado. My team uses Nozbe and it's increased our productivity by 30-40% since utilizing the shared list features and the ability to delegate tasks.

In this post, I'll be sharing how my new productivity system, Never Miss a Thing, features a "first premise" and it relates nicely to Nozbe.

Wednesday, May 31

Nozbe 3.5 with custom repeats

We have fantastic users that always give us valuable feedback. Today with Nozbe 3.5 we’re delivering solutions to some of the requests that we receive from our users the most.

Nozbe 3.5

  • Custom repeats
  • History of your completed tasks
  • macOS Touchbar shortcuts

Watch our short overview of the new possibilities that Nozbe 3.5 gives to you and your team.

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Tuesday, May 30

Sweet memories. Watch the Nozbe team having fun at our reunion.

It's been two months since we all met in person in Torun at our company gathering. We celebrated, worked, learned and chilled out. Now you can see what our reunions are like and find out how many different things we did.

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On the first day Michael, our CEO, welcomed us, summarized the last six months of our work and progress and then... we could finally celebrate Nozbe’s 10th anniversary "live" - we had delicious cake and champagne.

Monday, May 29

Ask Michael S02E08: Inviting a guest to a project

Does your manager want to be up to date with your project? Or do you want to explicitly work with your client? This episode is for you.

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Although we believe that trust is better than control, we see many cases when the presence of a supervisor, partner or client might be appreciated. That's why we created a Project Guest role… and now we're publishing Michael's answer for today :)

Being part of a project that we are not directly involved with can be helpful for better communication and interim help.

Watch now learn more details:

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Do you manage your team and face a similar challenge? Leave a comment below!

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Related resources:

“Ask Michael - the Productivity Guy” is a weekly series of short videos with Michael. We gathered dozens of questions from users, then we chose the best of them. Now Michael is answering them every Monday.

Thursday, May 25

How do I use Nozbe to stay on top of everything - by Robby Miles

This is a guest post we got from Robby Miles - our Ambassador, productivity guru and a really good man :-) Read on if you want to learn about the advantages of flat project management, emailing tasks and using project templates.

My name is Robby Miles and I am a dad, history teacher, Army officer, online freelancer, and Nozbe Ambassador. I probably have too much going on , but Nozbe is the one tool I trust to keep all the different areas of my life organized. So how do I use Nozbe to stay on top of everything?

Robby Miles Nozbe

Project Labels

I’m thankful that Nozbe uses a “flat” project system when it comes to staying aware of all the different tasks I have floating around. Flat project management means there are no tasks hidden deep within sub-tasks, within tasks, within projects, within folders. You get the point. Everything is visible within a couple clicks. In many apps, it’s easy to lose tasks. Not so with Nozbe.

Tuesday, May 23

Adding to Nozbe - the best tips from Michele Wiedemer

Here comes another guest post on our blog. This time a fantastic Nozbe user, Michele Wiedemer of Virtual Customer Learning shares her top methods for adding tasks to Nozbe. See whether you know all the options she describes :-)

My name is Michele Wiedemer. I've been freelancing for over 10 years (as a technical writer, tutorial video developer, instructional designer, and eLearning developer), and during that time, I've tried several different systems and methods of keeping track of tasks in multiple projects. I found Nozbe a little over a year ago, and I can barely remember the crazy hectic way I used to manage my projects. Though I had been incrementally implementing David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology since I first read the book in about 2006, it wasn't until Nozbe came into my life that GTD really started clicking for me.

Michele

Monday, May 22

Ask Michael S02E07: Reference materials

You have a choice: do you store your reference files and notes in dedicated apps or directly in Nozbe?

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In Michael's book “No Office Apps” he described exactly how we – the Nozbe team – store our files and notes. In today's video, he shares his favorite way to handle reference materials.

The good news is, for current work and communication, you don't need an additional service – you can store and share files with your team within Nozbe. We do this a lot, like when we send individual files to our collaborators.

Watch now to discover the best ways to keep track of your reference materials:

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What apps or services do you use to store files and notes? Is Nozbe all you need? Leave a comment below!

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Related resources:

“Ask Michael - the Productivity Guy” is a weekly series of short videos with Michael. We gathered dozens of questions from users, then we chose the best of them. Now Michael is answering them every Monday.

Friday, May 19

Watch our latest webinar recording!

We were blown away by how many people signed up and attended our live webinar. It went so well that we decided to share the recording with you. We hope it will help you "spring clean" your productivity powers and the tips and tricks will give you what it takes to achieve all of your goals this year and beyond!

Watch the recording of our LIVE webinar: "Maximize Your TEAM Productivity in 10 Steps"

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Wednesday, May 17

3 best Nozbe.how templates of the month: GTD, weekly review and killer party

This month we have 3 project templates that will save you some time and energy. Check out these editable projects that are pre-populated with tasks and use them when you want to throw a party, do a weekly review or start applying Getting Things Done® methodology.

Use project templates. Don’t work more, work smarter!

Nozbe.how Templates May

GTD for beginners

If you are just about to start your journey to productive and stress-free life this template is for you. We gathered the key information on GTD methodology to encourage you to read the book by David Allen and follow his concept. Getting Things Done® is a practical system for coping with all the “stuff” in your personal and professional life. It's all about capturing, transforming these things into meaningful projects and tasks and doing regular reviews. GTD will not actually do these actions for you but will assists you in becoming more productive and achieving peace of mind.

Where to start with GTD®: nozbe.how/Vlxoi

Weekly review - step-by-step

Another fantastic weekly review checklist: nozbe.how/HS4Xa. This time Mark Boerger shows how he runs his weekly review step-by-step.

If you want, you might check out other templates related to weekly review on our Nozbe.how website. There is one by Mike St. Pierre, one by Chad Garret and another Weekly review template by Eric Stetler.

Remember to run your weekly review regularly: nozbe.how/HS4Xa.

House party checklist

This is a very simple and basic list of steps for organizing a party. Do you feel like seeing your friends or family sometimes but give the idea up thinking: this is too much of a hassle... We think this template can be super-handy - just follow the steps and spend time with people you like :-)

You might also want to check out Delfina's guidelines for a perfect Thanksgiving Party: nozbe.how/vAR25

Throw a party people won't want to leave: nozbe.how/IYoiP

Share your experience too!

As a Nozbe user you can create fantastic project templates and share them with others. Optimize your productivity, help your friends and show us how you use Nozbe by sharing your template with a #NozbeHOW tag on social media or on your website. We will be happy to feature it on our blog!

Tuesday, May 16

Special video for our 10th anniversary

As you probably know, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Nozbe this year. On this occasion we're thrilled to show you how great YOU are :)

It was a demanding decade. As you can read in one of our previous blog posts, the early stage of Nozbe was a pretty difficult time as Michael (the CEO and Founder) worked on Nozbe as a side project - in the evenings, right after finishing his day job.

Time passed and here we are - a 10-year-old company, with strong foundations, a superb team of productive people who love our #NoOffice work style and fantastic users all over the world. And this post is dedicated to them. To YOU!

We are so proud that thousands upon thousands of people launch Nozbe every morning to check in on their life goals, their daily to-do list and the projects that drive them to have a successful life.

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We’re sending a big "thank you" with this clip.

Here’s to the productive ones :) #EveryTaskMatters

Monday, May 15

Ask Michael S02E06: Someday/maybe

Don't throw out any new ideas. When the time is right, some of them may grow up.

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If you read Michael's blog or listen to his podcast, you know that he is a huge fan of Greg McKeown's “Essentialism.” It influences the way he manages the company, makes decisions, and chooses his next actions. It can be summarized in one sentence: do less, but better.

At the same time, his mind produces lots of ideas. More than he can put into action. That's why his ideas need their own home. In Nozbe, of course.

Watch now to see how Michael deals with new ideas and reviews them:

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How do you find these tips? Are you going to follow them? Leave a comment below!

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Related resources:

“Ask Michael - the Productivity Guy” is a weekly series of short videos with Michael. We gathered dozens of questions from users, then we chose the best of them. Now Michael is answering them every Monday.

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