Getting Things Done with Nozbe Productivity Blog

Thursday, March 24

Ever wanted to start a blog?

For those who start writing, for the most part the act itself is not a problem at all. I started several blogs in the past and writing was never an issue.

Blogging

What was then? Well, attracting the audience and keeping it.

And that is closely related to the way you write, the titles you formulate, the topics you choose, the regularity you post you articles with and of course - with a promo strategy you pursue.

Tuesday, March 22

Productive! Magazine #32 with Sean Platt - Stop with excuses

The new issue of Productive! Magazine is here. This edition features remarkable articles that will help you change the way you see and do thing. Your efficiency is about to rocket!

Productive! Magazine #32

Inside No.32: interview with Sean Platt, probably the most prolific author in the world :-) and articles on focus ritual, anti-procrastination habits, broken windows, “just this once” syndrome and increasing your writing productivity.

Monday, March 21

Taking up race driving… with Nozbe

People have different hobbies. One like to knit, another to paint and yet someone else, like me, loves mechanics and his/her car. Last year, I made my huge car dream come true - Mazda Rx-8. 12 years since the premier they are still not what you would call cheap. But once you decide for a car like that costs are unavoidable. It is iconic not only because it is one of very few run by a Wankle engine but also for the timeless design of the body and it's fascinating driving properties.

Should you look for a car that offers pure fun of driving curvy roads… that's the one you should consider.

My ReX

Friday, March 18

How to combine full-time work with freelancing and not burn out or go mad

I started out my QA (Quality Assurance) career working full-time. After 2 years, I tried a freelance remote job. A constantly changing client base and the lack of financial security was rough and difficult compared to a stable full-time contract.

Multitasking is not a solution

But I did it - I went freelance and was testing software for many clients. Along with a high volume of work, a need of uber-productivity and perfect time management kicked in. I started to look for the best solutions, and soon I found Nozbe... First, as my top productivity tool and then also as an employer who hired me as a full-time QA person.

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.

Warsaw

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?

non-toxic

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.

Valentines

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 :)