Thursday, November 24, 2016

What We’ve Learned About Weekly Review And TGIF After 8 Weeks

During the Nozbe Reunion in October, we had the opportunity to discuss a new policy in our company, called “Thank God It's Friday” (we mentioned it in our previous post). It's tough to admit, but before we launched it, hardly any of us had been doing a regular review. Michael decided to change that, and now we can reveal our conclusions and tips for everyone who would like to follow the “TGIF” policy.

TGIF & weekly review

Design your Friday

The main lesson for Friday-lovers is to focus on your own schedule. Think of TGIF as a day designed by yourself, not imposed on you by your day-to-day duties, a task list or your boss. You are the only one who decides what to do after the review.

Monday, November 21, 2016

TGIF - Nozbe team's attempt at working less, but better

We have a new policy at Nozbe. We treat Fridays differently. And we call it “Piąteczek” (in Polish), which you could translate to: TGIF as in “Thank God It's Friday”. Here's what it's all about:

Yoda helping us work less but better

Note: This is a short version of the post I originally posted on Medium where I post about remote working as a part of NoOffice publication. I'd appreciate if you followed me there and recommended my posts, thanks!

Note 2: If you prefer a different “audio” version of this article, we discussed this new TGIF policy with my co-host Radek at the #60 eposide of The Podcast. We came back to the topic in the #70 eposide.

Introducing an experimental policy that will give us a more productive, yet shorter workweek with more time for a weekly review and for learning new things… or not.

We're already quite an unorthodox company. We all work remotely from our homes and we don't have a single physical office. We've been working like this for almost a decade and hundreds of thousands of users of our Nozbe app don't seem to mind that at all.

But we're not unorthodox just for the sake of it. We are like that because it works. Because we enjoy a better lifestyle thanks to our “No Office” arrangement.

After all, we're a productivity company. When we experiment, we do it for a reason. To work better. To be better. To grow better. And this new policy is supposed to help us exactly at that.

And it all started with 3 questions that I couldn't get off of my mind:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nozbe supports charity - donate to help buy computer equipment for orphans!

Hello there, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder and CEO of Nozbe and a father of 3 kids. Yes, my children are lucky because they have a mom and dad, that’s why with this short video I want to encourage you to send a unique gift this Christmas to the children who are not as fortunate and live in orphanages. Just please head over to ENEDUE.ORG and donate. Thank you!

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The long story is that my friend Karol Zielinski, has been running this thing for 3 years now, where he’s been collecting money to buy gifts for the children in orphanages. This year is a little different because he wants to buy computer equipment for these kids and teach them programming skills.

Something that me, running a technology company, can only endorse.

And we did, we already paid a substantial donation and I’m hoping you’d help out with a small contribution yourself. 10 bucks? Maybe hundred? Please help Karol raise as much as possible so that he could buy lots of computer equipment for these kids!

I vouch for this cause because I know Karol personally and I know that all of the money he raises we’ll be spent on the stuff for the kids.

Again, just go to ENEDUE.ORG and please donate. Thanks!

written by Michael Sliwinski

Monday, October 17, 2016

Greetings from Gdansk! - Nozbe Reunion Fall 2016

Our next Nozbe Reunion is just about to start. We're meeting in Gdansk, Poland – the city of freedom and Solidarity. We are going to discuss how Nozbe should look like in the near and further future and how we can improve your productivity even more in the years to come. Please keep following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Reunion

Please note that our customer support might be a little slower this week as our support staff is with us discussing your feature requests and plans for the future, so please have a little more patience with us this week, thank you - it's for your own good :-)

Yours,

Nozbe Team

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Why Google Calendar Integration Is Worth Trying & How To Start

Nozbe and Google Calendar are like best friends: they share information, work together for the greater good and don't bother each other. And, by the way, they both work for you! Learn how to make use of integration with Google Calendar. And a calendar in general.

Google Calendar

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nozbe 3.3 - update for iOS 10

This time it’s all about iOS. Almost 50% of our users are already using iOS 10 and Nozbe 3.3 is dedicated to them. So take a look at what the Nozbe team has prepared for you :)

Nozbe 3.3

Android and Windows fans don’t worry! Features for your platforms are being developed and we will ship them in future Nozbe releases.

Better “Add to Nozbe” on iOS

Two years ago, when iOS 8 came out, we added a new way to add stuff to Nozbe: the Share Extension. With it, you could easily add things to Nozbe from almost any app. See a cool link you want to read later? Just add it to your inbox. Take a screenshot, a photograph, a note that’s relevant to your project? Tap the share menu, and select Nozbe.

Over time, we improved it by adding support to more apps and files, and today we’re making it even better!

Share extension

You can now add things anywhere in Nozbe, not just to your Inbox. With a few taps, you can mark it as “project: Marketing, due: tomorrow, responsible: John.”

Some of you might know this has already been possible with our hashtag syntax — but even if you knew about it, it was still cumbersome to type those attributes by hand.

With Nozbe 3.3 we’re adding an “Add attribute…” button that lists all possible parameters you can add to the task. And if you want to do it by hand, the list filters down as you type, so you can do it faster than before.

More tweaks and details

Widget and Watch

Here are some more small improvements we’ve made for you:

  • We’ve tweaked the widget for iOS 10, so you can expand or shrink it, depending on your preferences, and there’s a bigger shortcut to start adding tasks to Inbox.
  • Push notifications have been tweaked to be more concise. Also, a tip for iOS 10 users: 3D Touch or pull down on a notification to see more of it and available actions.
  • watchOS 3: you can now use the Nozbe Complication with the X-Large watch face.
  • Mac: you can navigate back and forth in Nozbe more quickly with ⌘[ and ⌘]

Download Nozbe 3.3 for your platform now!

  • Android - Download in Google Play
  • iOS - Download in the App Store
  • Mac - Download in the Mac App Store
  • Windows - Download from our site
  • Linux - Download from our site
  • or use our Webapp

As always full Release Notes are available on our Test Blog.

written by: Rafal

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Take Michael Hyatt's Personal Productivity Assessment

As Nozbe users we like checking off boxes (and killing to-do lists) and we know you do, too. That's why today we have something special for you. Our good friend (and Nozbe user!) Michael Hyatt just came out with a cool way to measure your productivity.

Productivity Assessment

It’s a free test you can take online, in just a few minutes, and you’ll get a personalized productivity score. That’s right, you’ll get a concrete number and an explanation of your efficiency level. You’re already pretty savvy for using Nozbe. Take Michael’s free assessment to reach the next level!

You’ll discover…

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Nozbe Values

This post is a little different. It's about the company principles that we believe in and strive for.

values

During one of my weekly reviews, I was struck by how I'd made some recent decisions. These were all about company issues like the internal discussion about our #NoOffice approach, meeting with team mates in May, and some business-related topics. I felt like I hadn't been consistent.

I wasn't sure if I had been right and, actually, why I'd made the decisions I had.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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