Wednesday, February 15

Ask Michael #6: How does Michael use Nozbe to run the company?

After celebrating the 10th anniversary of Nozbe, Michael comes back with extra insight from our team! Watch to find out how he manages the whole company within the Nozbe app.

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It’s actually an extremely common question: how do we use Nozbe on a daily basis? The truth is, we're just one of our own customers, using exactly the same product that we offer to you.

Check out how a structure of shared projects and good habits can keep your team action oriented:

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Friday, February 10

Watch our Webinar recording: "Your Productivity Evolution: from Personal to Business in the last 10 years of Nozbe"

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 "refresh" your productivity powers and the tips and tricks will give you what it takes to achieve all of your goals this year and beyond!

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Watch the recording of our LIVE webinar: "Your Productivity Evolution: from Personal to Business in the last 10 years of Nozbe":

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Wednesday, February 8

Ask Michael SPECIAL EPISODE: a Decade of Productivity

A new episode of the Ask Michael series is chock-full of facts and conclusions from 10 years of Nozbe. Michael speaks for himself about how he got started and what has changed since 2007.

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Recently we've shared the history of the Nozbe app. Today Michael presents his own point of view. How did he meet David Allen? What was the first book about Nozbe? What’s next?

This video is a bit longer than usual, as the history of Nozbe can't be told in a few minutes. But we're sure you won't regret it! Watch episode #5 now:

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Friday, February 3

The history of Nozbe – from the beginning to our 10th anniversary

Today, it's time to take you back to the beginning, and show you what got us to today. This is a long post, but it's worth reading if you're curious how we got to this point. Let's turn back the time machine and head back to 2007!

The history of Nozbe

It's still astonishing to us that Michael's little side project has evolved into a productivity platform with an enormous community and a great team. So many factors got Nozbe on its current path. Both coincidences and hard work.

Beginnings

You might not be surprised (if you have already read Michael's “It's all about Passion” book, among others) to learn that Nozbe wasn't intended to be a global business. It was just a quick and dirty solution for organization issues.

It was 2005. Michael, known today as The Productivity Guy and the author of #iPadOnly, was a PC user. Hard to believe, huh? There's more than that: before he read “Getting Things Done,” he kept organized with MS Outlook – just like many other folks in those days.

Michael was a marketing consultant. He worked from home, helping other businesses get better results online. Because he worked with their websites, he learned HTML, PHP and MySQL (technologies needed to build modern websites). And he had a lot of fun coding.

But managing projects for many clients at the same time became a struggle. Then he got David Allen's book “Getting Things Done”. Convinced by the method, but not by its reliance on paper, he searched for a digital solution.

Inspired by David's method I built a tool that'd help me achieve my goals and implement the GTD system in real life. I spent a whole day researching the web to find a tool I needed for this […] and finally when I found nothing, I dedicated one weekend to building a very simple, bare-bones web-based tool. (from “It's all about Passion”)

In the next few months, he spent some time fixing bugs and making new features. And he still thought about Nozbe as a simple project only for himself. Initially, there was no plan to make money.

Michael had already tried running his own business. Michael and Victor created a simply email reminder service called… Nozbe. They offered a subscription but only a few users decided to pay. This project, like a later one, failed quickly, because they focused on making money. Michael gave up, but he learned a lesson. It was a chance to take entrepreneurial baby-steps. And now he already had a fancy name for the next project.

You may know Michael as a #NoOffice evangelist, for proving that a remote company is a reliable and effective model. In fact, the idea isn't new. Nozbe reminder was developed using tools like ICQ and FTP. Now it would be Slack or iMessage and Dropbox. Is that really so different?

Tools have changed, but not the methods.

Now let's focus on 2007 - the launch:

Monday, January 30

Ask Michael #4: Will Nozbe have a “start date” and a “repeat after completion date”?

Nozbe is a living and evolving organism. It changes with our fresh ideas and your generous feedback. As we’ve said, we keep listening to your opinions. Watch the latest episode of “Ask Michael!”

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We can't count all the changes and fixes that have been possible thanks to your messages. Actually, we love them, whether they are expressly positive or have some criticism. We're open to your suggestions, so today Michael talks about start/completion date, one of the features you’ve requested (and asks you for something too):

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Monday, January 23

Ask Michael #3: How do I deal with a complicated project?

How easy would life be if every challenge was achievable in just a few steps! But that's a dream. The reality, though, is that everybody has to cope with complex projects. So keep calm and watch our new episode!

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In today's episode (hopefully you've already watched the previous one?) Michael shares how to manage non-trivial projects within Nozbe. With these proven tips and real examples, you'll know how to succeed (and impress your boss!).

Is Nozbe the right tool to set up complex projects? How does the Nozbe team deal with them? Watch the new episode!

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Monday, January 16

Ask Michael #2: What are your plans for the 10th anniversary of Nozbe?

In today's episode of “Ask Michael – the Productivity Guy” series, Michael expresses his excitement about the future of Nozbe. Is it time to start a new project?

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In episode #1, Michael presented a simple trick to easily manage “loose” tasks. Your feedback was fabulous (thank you for all comments and messages!), so we're continuing with another popular question!

This year Nozbe is going to hit 10. We're both proud and excited! That's a perfect moment to talk about the future. What are our plans for the next decade? Is Michael going to start something new? What's his the biggest challenge? Watch the new episode!

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Wednesday, January 11

Ask Michael #1: how to manage loose tasks?

Michael Sliwinski, the Productivity Guy, is answering your questions. And here's the first one: what are “loose tasks” and how to manage them? Watch the new episode!

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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.

This week Michael presents a tip for people who are not sure what to do with these particular, unrelated tasks that don't match to any project. He reveales how he uses projects and categories for smart management and getting them done.

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Monday, January 9

Join us on the first webinar this year: Getting New Year's Resolutions Done!

We're starting this year off right: Michael's new webinar on keeping resolutions and setting goals for 2017. Book your seat!

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What is the webinar about?

Hopefully, you've already set your yearly goals. They are, without any doubt, both ambitious and realistic. Now it's time to make them happen. How not to join people whose zeal quickly declines because of the first failures and procrastination? How to get disciplined and consistent every single day? Michael has the answers!

If you have no goals yet, feel even more invited – you'll learn how to make them achievable even before you decide what to do this year.

Like previously, there will be a Q&A session at the end of the meeting. Expect some extras for attendees too ;)

Don't wait any longer – register for the webinar NOW!

  • When? January 12, 2017: 7 PM CET (Paris) / 6 PM UTC (London) / 1 PM EST (New York) / 10 AM PST (San Francisco)
  • Where? On-line :) Register for free!

Please, leave the questions you might have for Michael in the comments below :)

Thursday, January 5

Getting Disciplined: How One Reddit User Achieved Most of His Goals in a Year and a Half

Tracking goals, regular fitness, setting up habits – that's all possible if you're motivated and disciplined. We already know this; however, when we read this post on Reddit, we were amazed by the outstanding progress made by the author, therealleotrotsky in a relatively short time!

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Since he agreed to publish his achievements on our Blog, we’re proud to share his words. Read, get inspired and follow his determination :)

Monday, January 2

Ask Michael: our new video series to answer your most burning questions!

Longing for a short productivity tips to regularly feed your brain? There you go: we're excited to introduce “Ask Michael - the Productivity Guy”!

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“Ask Michael - the Productivity Guy” is a weekly video series with Michael Sliwinski, Nozbe founder and CEO. We gathered dozens of questions from emails, webinars, and personal meetings, then picked the best of them. Now Michael is going to answer them every Monday.

Today we published a first episode on Nozbe YouTube channel, where Michael explains what is the purpose of the new series, and what you can expect in the future. Watch it now!

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Season greetings, inspiration and a special webinar invitation

That magic time, when everything feels a bit slower and calmer, is about to start. On this occasion, I'm happy to wish you all the best on behalf of the whole Nozbe team and invite you to my webinar on New Year's resolutions!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Generate Nozbe reports for you and your team in Nozbe 3.4

Today we’re happy to announce a new version of Nozbe. Nozbe 3.4 contains some really cool stuff that you’ve been asking for.

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  • Weekly and monthly reports about your team performance
  • One Drive integration
  • Windows: Quick Add with global keyboard shortcut and more powerful shortcuts in the app
  • Android: Add task to Nozbe via Google Now
  • iOS: Snooze reminders

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Meet Marc Woodland: how the Winbox team achieves goals with Nozbe

We'd like to introduce you to Marc Woodland – the founder and CEO of Winbox, a specialist email marketing company for small and medium-sized businesses. As a team, Winbox uses a setup of apps to help them on daily basis. Read how Marc manages clients with Nozbe!

Marc Woodland & Winbox

About Marc

Marc is one of those business founders who succeeded by responding to the need of a market they already know and belong to. As a marketing guy, he knew that small companies need a reliable, non-spamming and easy-to-use email sender. And that's where Winbox comes in! For us, the best part of the story is that Nozbe has been one piece of the puzzle and helped the Winbox team to manage their projects.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Get to know the advanced features of Nozbe Business in a brand-new tutorial

One of the frequently asked questions we’ve heard a lot in the last few weeks is how best to make use of the Business version features of Nozbe. To answer this question, we created a short video tutorial about team & project roles and the Nozbe Ratio. In fact, Nozbe PRO users can learn something too! Check it out!

Nozbe Business tutorial