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Writing the ultimate guide to remote work - Team Productivity Show Ep. 6

Nozbe

The CEO of Nozbe is writting his new book entirely focused on working from home and running and managing a no-office team and company.

Mind, this is not a typical book though! 😉 It’s a modern book for modern times and it will never be finished.

Summer updates to Nozbe Teams, our app for small businesses

Nozbe

It’s been 4 months since we released Nozbe Teams, our collaboration app for small businesses. It was at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we offered the app absolutely free of charge to help companies around the world switch to the new work-from-home mode. In May, we introduced Premium accounts and received great feedback from our first customers. We’ve recently developed a process that allows us to deliver new features and improvements every 1-2 weeks – see here the new features that are being introduced in Nozbe Teams.

Our new product video and the Product Hunt page

Nozbe

When we released Nozbe Teams, we knew we had to do as much as possible to introduce our new app and show how it can help small teams do great things.

We decided to hire a video professional to help us in this endeavor, and the product video was his first assignment. The final effect exceeded our expectations, and I’m proud to announce that the new Nozbe Teams clip is ready to watch! 🎉

Office meetings – how to do them right even without an office

Nozbe

Meetings are viewed as a fundamental element of every team’s communication. Everyone likes meetings, right? Because what’s there to dislike?

Meetings have nothing but advantages!

We’re looking for a JavaScript developer - Nozbe’s hiring

Nozbe

Hi there! After 13 years on the market, we’ve recently launched a completely new product, built using cutting edge technologies: Nozbe Teams. Nozbe Teams helps companies manage their work and collaborate through tasks. Our ambitions are grand and we have a lot more work to do. So we’re looking to make our development team stronger! If you can build complex React apps, this offer may be for you. And if you’re not a coder, but you know someone who is — please send them this post!

Michael’s AMA session recording - Nozbe as a 2-product company

Nozbe

Michael loves sharing his thoughts and observations. In the video below, he answers some questions about Nozbe Personal and Nozbe Teams, working remotely, and doing business after turning 40.

How to get started with Nozbe Teams - 10 basic steps

Nozbe

Your team needs a safe place to work and exchange feedback, a space for natural organization to help keep everything in order. You want to communicate effectively, move your projects forward, and be sure that nothing gets lost, right?

We wanted that too, and that’s how Nozbe Teams came to fruition. Give Nozbe Teams a try and create your team productivity system all in one space. Read on to learn how to get started.

Task-based communication explained - Michael’s Team Productivity

Nozbe

Here at Nozbe, we believe that task-based communication is what every team needs in order to work better, ditch the chaos, and do more in less time.

Let Michael, the CEO of Nozbe explain you what exactly is task-based communication that we love so much and mention so often. And learn what your team gets by communicating this way!

How to Manage Your Time Efficiently While Working from Home

Nozbe

As a result of companies switching to remote working mode, many of us, remote workers, have faced the biggest challenge: staying productive while working from home.

Why communication through tasks is an effective way to work. Ep. 8 of our live sessions on remote work.

Nozbe

Here is the recording of the 8th live session dedicated to remote work. In this episode, Michael, Nozbe CEO, and Rafal Sobolewski share their experience with effective team communication.

Working from home - three pillars & advantages. Ep. 7 of our live sessions on remote work.

Nozbe

Here is the recording of the 7th live session dedicated to remote work. In this episode, Michael, Nozbe CEO, and Mike St.Pierre share their experience with running a remote team.

Working from home - setting up new routines. Ep. 6 of our live sessions on remote work.

Nozbe

Here is the recording of the 5th live session dedicated to remote work. In this episode, Michael, Nozbe CEO, and Augusto Pinaud, share their experience with working from home effectively.

Why your team needs a collaboration app

Nozbe

When working in a team, no matter how hard you’re trying to push projects forward, the outcome doesn’t entirely depend on you. Sometimes it can feel frustrating. No matter how skillful and engaged your teammates are, your efforts can be easily hindered. There is a way for your work to thrive, though. You need an environment that supports teamwork. A sound communication system and a well-designed collaboration tool will help you reach your goals faster together – no matter whether you work in an office or remotely.

How to work from home effectively - the best tips

Nozbe At Nozbe, we all work from home on a regular basis. We don’t have a physical office at all. Throughout all these #nooffice years, we’ve learned how to be the most productive while working remotely. Work-from-home as the ultimate solution Companies across the world are already encouraging more and more people to work from home. Businesses’ and employees’ daily routines don’t have to be hindered by switching to a home office system.

Nozbe Teams - work from home with your team

Nozbe

I want to show you a tool that will let your team stay productive under any circumstances. Nozbe Teams is free and works for both office-based and remote teams enabling easy yet effective communication and collaboration. Our remote team has been using the app for a year now, and we see the results… and we want to share it with other organizations. Read on to learn how Nozbe Teams can help your team get projects done when working from home.

Working from home - efficient meetings. Ep. 5 of our live sessions on remote work.

Nozbe

Here is the recording of the 5th live session dedicated to remote work. In this episode, Michael, Nozbe CEO, and Radek, Nozbe’s VP of Engineering, share their experience with working from home effectively. Today hey explain explain how to do online meetings with everyone joining in from their homes and how to do it efficiently.

Q&A Working from home. Ep. 4 of our live sessions on remote work.

Nozbe

Here is the recording of the 4th live session dedicated to remote work. In this episode, Michael, Nozbe CEO, and Radek, Nozbe’s VP of Engineering, share their experience with working from home effectively. They explain what to do to adapt to this new situation and get your work done at home.

Apps to use when working from home. Ep. 2 of our live sessions on remote work.

Nozbe

Here is the recording of the 2nd live session dedicated to remote work. In this episode, Michael, Nozbe CEO, and Radek, Nozbe’s VP of Engineering, share their experience with working from home effectively. They explain which tools and apps to use to help you adapt to this new situation and get your work done at home.

How to collaborate and communicate remotely. Ep. 3 of our live sessions on working from home.

Nozbe

Here is the recording of the 2nd live session dedicated to remote work. In this episode, Michael, Nozbe CEO, and Radek, Nozbe’s VP of Engineering, share their experience with working from home effectively. They explain which tools and apps to use to help you adapt to this new situation and get your work done at home.

Working from home - the first steps. Ep. 1 of Michael’s live sessions on remote work.

Nozbe

Here is the recording of the first live session dedicated to remote work. In this episode, Michael, Nozbe CEO, and Radek, Nozbe’s VP of Engineering, share their essential tips to work from home effectively. They explain the initial steps you might want to take to organize your home office and adapt to this new situation.

New to working from home? Join Michael daily for a live Q&A tips and tricks session on remote work.

Nozbe

As you know, our company is a fully distributed company - we all work remotely from our homes. Now that the COVID-19 Coronavirus struck the world, we need to stay at home and isolate ourselves to stop the virus from spreading. This means working from home for many of you, who have never done that… or have been doing it only every now and then.

Task-Based Communication: What It Is and How to Do It Right

Nozbe

We’ve built Nozbe Teams app to help teams (office based and remote) to get to DONE faster by implementing what we call “task-based communication”. Now you might be asking - what is task-based communication and how is it different from the collaboration and communication methods you know? Read on to find out.

How we work with translators in Nozbe

Nozbe

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.

Office Ergonomics: Fostering a Happier and Healthier Workplace

Nozbe

Most office-based employees will be able to recognise how their working environments influence their health and wellbeing. This is where office ergonomics come in.

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

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

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

Asynchronous communication: a top productivity booster

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

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?

Nozbe

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?

Nozbe

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.”

Why Nozbe has no office and how we work

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

“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

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

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:

Help us make the Nozbe blog even better - it will only take a sec!

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.

Ask Michael S03E10: Instant communication

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

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!

Ask Michael S03E03: The Communication Pyramid and the Nozbe Team

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

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!

Nozbe

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.

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.

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

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

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.

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

Nozbe

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.

Presenting our #NozbeOffice!

Nozbe

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

Nozbe

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?

Nozbe

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: