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Customer support slowdown - Nov. 18-22, 2019 - Nozbe reunion

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Nozbe team is an all remote team. We will soon be meeting in-person for a few days again. In November 2019 our company reunion will take place in Poznan, Poland. As a result, our customer support may slow down at that time. However, we are going to be working hard every day of the gathering to make decisions that will form the future of Nozbe and Nozbe Teams.

Nozbe Reunion - Masuria (April 08-12, 2019) - customer support slowdown

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The entire Nozbe team will soon be meeting in-person for a few days again. This time, our gathering will take place in Stare Jablonki, a picturesque village in Masurian Lake District. As a result, our customer support may slow down at that time. However, we are going to be working hard every day of the reunion to make decisions that will form the future of Nozbe.

The Nozbe Team Having Fun in Cracow - A Video to Watch

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Working remotely has many advantages over traditional “office mode”. One of them is the way we truly can’t wait to meet in person at the company reunions. Watch this short video showing how Nozbe team spent time during the last get-together in Cracow.

How we work with translators in Nozbe

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Nozbe supports many languages. We offer not only the app, but also on-boarding, educational materials, blog posts, email campaigns and newsletters in multiple languages. To get these materials all sorted and delivered on time, we set up a simple system for collaborating with contractors based all over the world.

Nozbe Reunion - Kraków (October 15-19, 2018) - customer support slowdown

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As we do every six months, the entire Nozbe team will soon be meeting in-person for a few days. This time, our gathering will take place in Kraków, probably the most famous tourist destination in Poland. As a result, our customer support may slow down at that time. However, we are going to be working hard every day of the reunion to make decisions that will form the future of Nozbe.

7 Tips for Improving and Tracking Your Remote Team’s Productivity

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Working with remote teams is becoming more and more common. Organizations can save a great deal of money on taxes and labor costs by hiring staff in different states or countries. But working remotely comes with a number of challenges. Coordinating groups operating in different time zones can be challenging, and communication is also a challenge. Follow these seven tips for improving and tracking your remote team’s productivity.

NoOffice in practice – why choose to operate without an office and how it works

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I’ve been running my company and the Nozbe app for over 11 years without a physical office, just an official address. I’ve hired 25 employees and 12 regular contractors. I’ve been promoting the #NoOffice concept because this is how I live and work myself… and I know it works. In this article, I’d like to delve a little deeper into the #NoOffice working style by outlining some of the reasons for operating without an office and present how this system works from an insider’s perspective.

Did we have fun again at Nozbe reunion? See yourself

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Working remotely has many advantages over traditional “office mode”. One of them is the way we truly can’t wait to meet in person at the company reunions. Watch this short video showing how Nozbe team spent time during the last get-together in Ustroń.

The Pyramid Of Communication at Nozbe

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See, how the Nozbe team uses modern technologies to communicate better and get more done.

Asynchronous communication: a top productivity booster

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At Nozbe, we believe that the NoOffice style and asynchronous communication are keys to team productivity. While we have explained the first feature a couple of times already, the latter might still need some clarification :)

Life Changing Productivity Tips from the Nozbe Team

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During the latest Nozbe Reunion, as usually, we spent a couple of hours sharing our personal productivity tips and insights that we’ve gathered since the last meeting. We listed many fantastic ideas and time savers! Some of them are particularly worthy of sharing with a wider audience! I think you might find them life-changing.

Ask Michael S04E13: E-mail for collaboration?

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We have so many tools for collaboration in our team that e-mail is useless. We haven’t used it for collaboration in years. How do we share information with colleagues, then? Watch the new episode of “Ask Michael” to find out!

Nozbe Reunion — why, where and how to organize a company retreat?

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In a „No Office” company like Nozbe, we don’t see each other all that much in person. That’s why a few years ago we started all-company meetings. We wanted to spend some quality time together, recharge batteries, get to know the people hidden behind their avatars… and basically connect on a different level. Now, that we did a few of these, I’d like to share a few tips on how to prepare and run a successful “company retreat.”

Nozbe Reunion - Ustron (April 16-21, 2018) - customer support slowdown

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As we do every six months, the entire Nozbe team will soon be meeting in-person for a few days. This time, our gathering will take place in Ustron, a mountain town in the South of Poland. As a result, our customer support may slow down at that time. However, we are going to be working hard every day of the reunion to make decisions that will form the future of Nozbe.

Why Nozbe has no office and how we work

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I guess we haven’t yet exactly explained why our company operates without the main office, where we all would sit in front of our laptops and get distracted regularly, and meet in cool conference rooms in order to talk through what could be discussed more efficiently within the task comments. Here is why:

Ask Michael S04E09: Trust in a remote team

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“Trust is good, but control is better,” they say. Well, Michael says the opposite: control is overvalued, and trust is the key to a focused and effective remote team. Learn why!

9 facts and myths about remote work

Nozbe As you may already know, here at Nozbe we all work remotely, allowing our team members to work from their homes, favourite cafés, and even different countries. Remote work has become increasingly popular among companies from all around the world, but there are still a lot of false beliefs about this work model. Curious to see if you can tell the myths from the facts? Let’s find out! Remote workers earn less.

Ask Michael S04E01: Kids & Deep Work at Home

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If you think that working from home is impossible when there are children present, you’re wrong! You can organize your office and your home, even with children around, all under one roof – and that’s what the first episode of the 4th series is about!

11 years of Nozbe

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Exactly 11 years ago today a young aspiring entrepreneur/programmer from a rented apartment in Warsaw, the capital of a country in the Central Europe called Poland, launched a productivity Web 2.0 application inspired by David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done”. That was me, and when I started Nozbe I never even dared to dream that 11 years later I’d be running this amazing company with Nozbe apps for all the major platforms with 0.5M people from all over the world using it… Happy Birthday Nozbe! You just turned 11 and as your founder I’m writing this post to give everyone a little more detail of where we came from and where we’re going in the coming months and years. Here goes:

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Nozbe We regularly prepare articles on various topics for you. We know, however, that times change and people find new interests. All we want is to provide you with practical and motivating blog posts, as well as tips that are easy to put into practice. The solution is simple: let us get to know you by completing our super-short survey. Who are you, Reader? :) Tell us about yourself and the expectations you have.

Did we have fun at Nozbe reunion? See yourself

Working remotely has many advantages over traditional “office mode”. One of them is the way we truly can’t wait to meet in person at the company reunions. Watch this short video showing how Nozbe team spent time during the last get-together in Wrocław.

Ask Michael S03E10: Instant communication

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In this episode, Michael examines the need for instant communication on teams and explains how it works in our company – or, to be precise, how we avoid it as much as possible.

Ask Michael S03E09: Successful communication with customers

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Our use of the Pyramid of Communication is not limited to just internal collaboration; we also employ the general rules of successful communication in our Customer Support. Listen here to learn why it’s crucial to set expectations for your clients!

Nozbe Reunion - Wrocław (Oct. 9-14, 2017) - customer support slowdown

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As we do every six months, the entire Nozbe team will soon be meeting in-person for a few days. This time, our gathering will take place in Wrocław, a beautiful city in the South-West of Poland. As a result, our customer support may slow down at that time. However, we are going to be working hard every day of the reunion to make decisions that will form the future of Nozbe.

Ask Michael S03E03: The Communication Pyramid and the Nozbe Team

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A prepared meeting is better, more effective and more enjoyable than other meetings. Even reunions! Today Michael shows how this works in our company.

Ask Michael S03E01: Remote company

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Welcome back to the “Ask Michael” Show! This time, Michael discusses what it’s like to run a fully remote company.

After an active summer, we’re bringing back your favorite productivity series on YouTube :)

Join us on August 3 and Ask Michael Anything!

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Our favourite part of each webinar is the Q&A session so this webinar will be dedicated entirely to answering your questions! Watch the webinar recording:

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.

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.

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.

Announcing Nozbe Stories - a next step in productivity innovation

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Today is the last day of our semi-annual Nozbe Reunion - where our “No Office” team meets to hang out, socialize, discuss, brainstorm and work together in one physical space. This reunion was very fruitful as we’ve discovered a next step in productivity evolution: Nozbe Stories.

Nozbe is a very mature product that helps more than 400,000 people all around the world to get things done. More than 10 years in business, we want to keep the product simple, effective and dependable so instead of bloating it with all the features possible, we’re searching for the next step of innovation and productivity. What’s the one feature that would take our product to the next level? We believe we found it: it’s Nozbe Stories! Here’s why:

Ask Michael #12: Nozbe office?

Nozbe And here it is – the last episode of the first season of “Ask Michael!” Today Michael answers two questions we get all the time: After the previous episode, you already know that we run Nozbe with Nozbe – and without an office. Why do we only work remotely? Who else follows that approach? And where, actually, can you visit us? Watch the new episode! What now? We’re wrapping up the first season of “Ask Michael.

Nozbe team reunion - Torun 2017

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In 4 days we will all be heading to Torun to meet “for real.” As we usually only see each other via Zoom or FaceTime, we’re all pretty excited :-) We will be away from March 27 to April 1.

Torun - One of Seven Wonders of Poland

This time we’re meeting in Torun - the hometown of Radek (Nozbe VP Apple and The Podcast co-host) and Nicolaus Copernicus. Torun is one of Poland’s main tourist attractions. It’s famous for Copernicus, having the best gingerbread, and a medieval district that has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Torun

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

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

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

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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!

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:

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

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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.

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.

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

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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:

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 episode of The Podcast. We came back to the topic in the #70 episode.

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:

Greetings from Gdansk! - Nozbe Reunion Fall 2016

Nozbe 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! 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 :-)

Nozbe Values

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

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.

Nozbe Reunion: what we love about being together

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We believe that working remotely is the best thing for ourselves, our jobs and our families. But, of course, every team needs to meet from time to time. So do we.

Last time we met, three months ago in Sopot, we did a lot to make this time as productive as possible. Company members did internal keynotes, Michael held one-to-one talks, and we all had a lot of fun working and playing!

Watch and feel the spirit

We would like to share a video from Sopot, where we talk about NoOffice worker privileges and what we love about being together.

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

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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.

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.

When Nozbe team meets up… #NozbeReunion - Nozbe Productivity Digest 22016

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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!

Presenting our #NozbeOffice!

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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.

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

The #NozbeOffice gallery

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

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.

#NozbeOffice - show a place where your work is done

Nozbe Some time ago, we announced what’s going to happen this week. The launch of Nozbe 3.0 will be the final part of celebrating 9 years of the best productivity app on the market! By the time 3.0 is released, we want you to participate :) Working in an office, coffee house, park or at home - it doesn’t matter because “work is not a place to go, it’s a thing that you do.

Meet the Nozbe Team - people who make the productivity magic happen

Nozbe Last week we were on the Nozbe Reunion where we spent a great week together. We had some fun and enjoyed each other’s company which is very important for a team that most of the year spends time working remotely from our homes. In case you were wondering, Nozbe is not just me so in this post you’ll get to know some of the people who help me get you more organized:

Nozbe? Because we want you to Be Naturally OrganiZed!

Nozbe One of the questions I keep getting is why I named my productivity product “Nozbe”? It doesn’t mean anything in English… so why this name? Maybe it means something in some other language? Well, not really… so in this post let me share the story behind the Nozbe name with you… Nozbe = To BE Naturally OrganiZed When I was in college, back in 2000, me and my friend Wiktor were dreaming of running an Internet company some day and changing the world.

How much is productivity worth to you?

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I’ve been traveling a lot this past month and as I kept meeting with people asking me about business, success… and Nozbe’s features, one question clearly stood out in all this: who is your target customer for Nozbe? Consumer? Prosumer? Small business? Enterprise? Who??? … And my answer was pretty surprising to most of the people I met: ideal customer for Nozbe is a person (or a group of people) who value their time. Let me explain:

Time is money

There are countless tools that will help you get things done. Some are free, some are cheap, some are more expensive than others… But the point is that time is indeed money and you should find a solution that works for you. That makes you more productive. That saves you time. And here’s how to do it: