Getting Things Done with Nozbe Productivity Blog

Wednesday, March 16

Meet Nozbe users - Brian Talty and his organizing headers

We can learn a lot from specific, real-life use cases. Check out how Brian negotiates with himself using task headers.

Brian Talty

Meet Brian

I am a Christian Pastor at First Christian Church in Decatur, IL.

My journey with task management began with Stephen Covey’s “7 habits of highly effective people” in college; and then was further honed by David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” several years ago.

Monday, March 14

When Nozbe team meets up... #NozbeReunion - Nozbe Productivity Digest 2/2016

Note from Michael, Nozbe CEO: As you may already know from our social media channels, today is the first day of our #NozbeReunion. It's the moment when all of our Nozbe team, who usually work from their homes, meet in one hotel, for one week, and enjoys the moment of being together. We're going to work, brainstorm ideas, socialize and have a lot of fun!

Michael Sliwinski

Wednesday, March 9

Planning your travel and using Nozbe to do it even better

Traveling alone, traveling with kids, traveling on a budget, around the world, with friends... No matter which way you choose, it guarantees precious experience, unforgettable lessons and a new way of looking at certain things.


A good deal of planning

I've always tried to travel a lot. Alone or with friends when at the uni, then - with my partner and now - with an extra luggage (our 6-year old son and a daughter on the way.) One of the things I've learned so far is that planning is important providing you don't exaggerate. There is a couple of things about it:

Monday, March 7

Productivity ideas from Erik Fisher - the host of the Beyond the To-Do List podcast

"I ultimately knew I wanted to have conversations with people" - Erik Fisher

Erik Fisher and Michael Sliwinski

After talking to Erik Fisher on his Beyond the To-Do List podcast, Michael (our CEO) thought it would be great to present the BTTDL host to the whole Nozbe community.

Here is the outcome: a great interview on productivity essentials and Erik's methods for planning and staying on top of things.

Spare less than 15 minutes of your time and learn:

Friday, March 4

Changes in the affiliate program and our 1st Ambassadors for the UK and US

As you all realize, Nozbe affiliate program is one of the focal points of our marketing. Over the years, we have grown almost exclusively thanks to it… Thanks to your recommendations.

Nozbe Ambassadors

It remained unchanged for several years, so it was time for it to mature. Therefore, we have decided to introduce a couple of changes in order to provide our affiliates with more support, materials and aid.

It is still open to anyone, for full details please take a look at the information in your Nozbe account settings and at our Help Page.

Affiliates and Ambassadors

Nozbe users, from now on, will be divided into three groups.

Thursday, March 3

8 steps to non-toxic meetings

We say that meetings are toxic and are the time of your workday “where minutes are taken and hours are wasted.” Does it always have to be like that? Is there something we could do, to retool them and make them more effective?


Solution exists!

"Meetings exist for a reason, annoying as they may be. Decisions are made, problems are solved, bonds are formed, and the needle is moved in meetings. The higher you go in management, the more meetings are your work." - admits Laura Stack in her article for Productive! Magazine. It's true, so lets see, what - according to Laura Stack - may be done to plan and run the meeting that actually solves problems and ends up with a specific decisions and set of tasks delegated to right people.

Monday, February 29

Embracing change step by step - Nozbe Productivity Digest 1/2016

Welcome to the first issue of our new Newsletter, called "Nozbe Productivity Digest", where we'd like to inspire you to improve your productivity and have an even happier life!

Note from Michael, Nozbe CEO

Michael Sliwinski

You see, I'm always thinking about ways to improve myself. But this means change. And change is hard. And it's all about taking it one step at a time. And we never know if that step is even in the right direction until we try. And how many steps will be after that. And what will happen after a few of these steps... ten... hundred... and what if we fail? Or have to turn back?

Tuesday, February 23

Presenting our #NozbeOffice!

Last week, we published the #NozbeOffice gallery made of photos taken by you - Nozbe users. This awesome collection would be incomplete without our offices. Well, we mean #NoOffices :) As you know, at Nozbe we don't have one common workplace. Instead of that, we work from our homes or wherever we feel like working.

#NozbeOffice by Nozbe Team

Today we're presenting you our desks. We are different people with different needs, but together - thanks to Nozbe - we are powerful!

Thursday, February 18

Managing projects with Nozbe 3 new features: Periscope recording

After launching Nozbe 3.0, in one of his Periscope videos, Michael presented a fresh way to manage shared projects.

Michael on Periscope

Michael answered several questions, such as:

  • Why did we add a new project role called "Guest"?
  • What are user's permissions in project?
  • How many Admins can be set up in one project?
  • Why Nozbe Business is a real game-changer?

He also revealed some details of how we work in Nozbe and why we strongly believe nobody is alone these days :)

Monday, February 15

Meet Nozbe users - Jamie Rufe and his F.R.E.S.H Nozbe system

We’ve already introduced several Nozbe power-users, eg. [Jeff Sanders][js] and [Robby Miles][rm]. Today, we would like you to meet Jamie Rufe.

Jamie Rufe

About Jamie

My name is Jamie Rufe and I’m 27 years old. I’m originally from the United States, but I’ve been living in East Asia for the past 5 and a half years – 2 and a half in Shenzhen, China and 3 years in Taiwan. I moved to East Asia once I graduated from university in 2010. I worked in Semiconductor manufacturing from 2010 to the end of 2014. For the past year, I’ve been busy starting my own Chinese language education business. I primarily do one-on-one language coaching, but I’m also currently developing an online course for learning basic spoken Chinese in just a few months.

Jamie and his Nozbe

I discovered Nozbe last year and it’s been a crucial tool in staying productive and keeping track of all the different things I need to do. As an entrepreneur, Nozbe is indispensable.

FRESH system

I base my Nozbe "system" on an approach I learned in a book I read recently called [The Accidental Creative.][acc] This book uses the acronym FRESH as a framework for its productivity/creativity method: Focus, Relationships, Energy, Stimuli, Hours.

Friday, February 12

How to make the Valentine's Day productive?

Valentine's Day. Or Feast of Saint Valentine... It began as a liturgical celebration of a Christian saint named Valentinus. About 300 years ago in England, it evolved into an occasion on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.


Today, it’s celebrated in many countries all around the world, although, probably, it is not a public holiday in any of them.

Whether you prefer Valentines or Anti-Valentines we have something for you!

And while many of us want to spend Valentine's Day in a traditional way (Americans, for example, will spend $18.9 billion on Valentine’s Day this year!... And they will also spend more than $700 million on Valentine’s gifts … for their pets :-)), in some countries many Anti-Valentines parties will take place. Apparently, some people want to express their annoyance with the way 14 February got commercialized...

One thing is sure: as far as we’re living in a free world we can celebrate it as we want to :)

Tuesday, February 9

The #NozbeOffice gallery

Dozens of your photos appeared in social media after publishing #NozbeOffice post on Nozbe blog. Now, we've got an awesome #NozbeOffice gallery!

#NozbeOffice by Nozbe Team

When we started the celebration of Nozbe's 9th birthday, we were sure that Nozbe Users will participate in our joy and fun. But what happened later, was beyond our wildest dreams!

Now we want to sum up this action. It's impossible to show all pictures, so we decided to pick some of the best of #NozbeOffice sets and put them together in one place.

Wednesday, February 3

Share your best productivity tips and tricks as templates

Did you know that with Nozbe you can save a project as a template for later? Like a packing list, recipe or a longer checklist. Once you’ve saved a template, you can go to “Templates” in your Nozbe account and create a new project from it. But there’s more!

Now you can share your templates - with just one person or with the whole world!

Just go to the settings of your template and choose to “Share your template” and you’ll be given a unique to your template. You can now share it with just a few people, or…

You can get 1 additional month of Nozbe if you publish your template!

Yes, we already have many templates published on our web site but we want you to share your knowledge with our Nozbe community, too!

  1. Create your template - get creative, add tasks with comments - text, images or even YouTube clips!
  2. Publish link to your template on social media (Facebook or Twitter) with a hashtag: #NozbeHOW
  3. Everyone who publishes at least one useful template that has at least 5 steps with comments (and at least one image or video) will be contacted by us and will get an additional month of Nozbe Pro or Business!

Check out the templates by other users and share your template today!

OK, so this week only, you can get up to 4 months of Nozbe added to your account - just upgrade or extend your Nozbe account to Pro or Business and you’ll get 3 months of Nozbe and then share your template and you’ll get 1 more month!

Yes, to celebrate our launch of Nozbe 3.0 and our 9th Birthday we’re giving you the best promotion ever - extend your Nozbe account or upgrade to Nozbe Pro or Business for a year and you will:

  • save 20% compared to the monthly billing (that’s 2 months of savings right there)
  • get 3 months added to your Nozbe plan for free
  • get 1 more month if you decide to share your template with our community on social media using #NozbeHOW hashtag.

Celebrate with us and get 2+3+1 = a total of 6 months of Nozbe!

Monday, February 1

To celebrate 9 years of Nozbe we give you new Nozbe 3.0! (video + promo)

Happy birthday Nozbe! Today marks 9 years of helping more than 300,000 busy professionals and their teams from all over the world get everything done! Nozbe 3.0 is here with better design, business accounts and a completely new logo!


To learn more about Nozbe 3.0, check out our short video:


Now that you’ve watched the video, let me tell you (1) how can you get Nozbe 3.0, (2) what’s new in 3.0, (3) some more details about new Nozbe for Business and finally (4) our newest NOZBE3 special offer. Here goes:

1. Nozbe 3.0 is available today on most of the 9 major platforms we support:

Saturday, January 30

„10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity” Audiobook

Another day, another freebie for You!

Hopefully you remember our video course called „10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity.” Many people (not only Nozbe users) successfully used this huge dollop of knowledge to improve their lives. Because of that we prepared an audio version of this course so that you can access it even more easily.

Audiobook "10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity". Download for free!

Today, as we are still celebrating Nozbe's 9th birthday, we'd like to give it to you for free - „10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity Audiobook” - download it as MP3 files.

What you can find in this audiobook

The audiobook is divided into 11 parts: an introduction and 10 lessons. Each lesson refers to a different topic related to creating your own productivity system:

  • Lesson 1. How to Put Everything into Your Inbox
  • Lesson 2. How to Manage Your Projects
  • Lesson 3. How to Manage Your Priorities (Next Actions)
  • Lesson 4. How to Be Productive on the Go
  • Lesson 5. How to Communicate Through Tasks
  • Lesson 6. How to Work in Contexts (categorize tasks)
  • Lesson 7. How to Manage Your Reference Material (documents)
  • Lesson 8. How to Review Your Productivity System Regularly
  • Lesson 9. How to Manage Email Efficiently
  • Lesson 10. How to Put Your Perfect Productivity System in Place (today!)

The guidelines included in this audiobook are Michael Sliwinski's (Nozbe CEO and Founder) top tip&tricks that help him stay productive, get a lot done and have a happy life. We are sure that they will help you create your own reliable productivity system, too. You can easily store the audio files on your phone and access them every time you need to refresh some information.