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The Podcast
Conversations on technology, productivity, business and more.
184: Digital Minimalism
Apr 24 • 45 min
Digital Minimalism - A philosophy where you focus your technology use on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that support your values, and happily miss out on everything else. We discuss Cal Newport’s new book on this very topic.…
183: N is 4 Nozbe
Apr 17 • 38 min
Nozbe 4, our brand new app has a brand new icon (and logo). This week, we talk about what’s wrong with ticks and circles, what makes a good logo, why we decided to go for it, and how it almost didn’t happen.
182: Purple Day
Apr 4 • 39 min
What we’ve learned about productivity and collaboration over the years. How technology improvement allows us to get to the next level. And why starting from scratch is scary, but sometimes necessary.
181: The Deadline
Mar 28 • 42 min
Pulling back the curtain on the development process of Nozbe 4. When we started, how we progressed over time, and why we had to impose on ourselves the deadline of April 4.
180: Childhood bribes
Mar 20 • 53 min
Stories about competition, punishment, and rewards in the classroom and our childhoods. We continue discussing what we’ve learned from Punished by Rewards.
179: Punished by rewards
Mar 14 • 45 min
When we reward someone (an employee, a student, a child) for doing what we want them to do, we think we’re doing the right thing, motivating them to keep doing it. In reality, incentives only have a shallow, immediate effect — and in the long term, we’re…
178: Complaining
Mar 7 • 32 min
The good, the bad, and the necessary of complaining and complainers. To keep improving, and to communicate efficiently in an organization (and to be grown up) is to understand that complaints are not usually toxic, negative, or a personal attack against…
177: Planning together
Feb 28 • 38 min
How to review and plan a year together. Because Annual Review is not just for you, and for your work, but for your family and relationships too.
176: Salary formula
Feb 20 • 52 min
We started paying our employees salaries based on a formula that applies to everyone, not based on individual negotiations. Here’s why, and how.
175: 100% Buzz-Free
Feb 6 • 38 min
Follow-up on our journey towards a (slightly) calmer life — with fewer distractions, push notifications, and social media. Pushing forward to find the right balance between utility and mindfulness. How to hide (but not delete) distracting apps on iOS and…
174: 12 years
Feb 1 • 52 min
Celebrating 12 years of profitably running Nozbe (without any outside investors), Michael recounts some of the most important milestones, and most amusing anecdotes of the company’s history. That, and a sneak peak into the future of Nozbe
173: The Year of Purple
Jan 24 • 35 min
Here’s a sneak peak for Michael’s and Radek’s plans for 2019 (a.k.a. the year of Purple / the year of intentionality).
172: It doesn’t have to be crazy at work
Jan 16 • 43 min
Always busy? Endless meetings? Can’t sleep? No time to think? Screw that. It doesn’t have to be crazy at work. It makes no sense. Exhausted, overworked, sleep-deprived people with no long stretches of uninterrupted time can’t really be productive.…
171: 2018 in Review
Jan 11 • 44 min
The biggest themes, projects, successes, and failures of 2018 in Michael’s and Radek’s lives. And COOKIES! (And rockets!)
170: Live intentionally
Dec 21, 2018 • 43 min
Here’s your choice to live a more intentional life. To learn from the events, plans, successes, and failures of the last year. To contemplate what makes you, you. To make plans, set goals, learn new things, and develop habits for next year. To let go.…
169: Bull**it Jobs
Dec 14, 2018 • 46 min
Here’s a crazy idea: what if half of all work performed in our society was useless or unnecessary, and if it stopped, no one would notice — or care. We dive into David Graeber’s food for thought.
168: Get bored
Dec 6, 2018 • 44 min
We own technology so that it makes our life better. Right? Or is it the other way around? What if filling every single second of our life with social media and compulsively checking all our inboxes and feeds 50 times per day makes us unable to focus and…
167: The clunky future
Nov 30, 2018 • 50 min
The state of computing is in an awkward state, but full of promise. On one side, unnecessary complicated PCs; on the other, fun but somewhat clunky iPads. One year into the #iPadOnly lifestyle, Radek unpacks pros and cons of both, and their future…
166: Talk about size
Nov 21, 2018 • 41 min
Michael’s new iPad is faster than Radek’s 15’’ MacBook Pro. Ouch! Why “you can’t work on an iPad” is (mostly) BS. Which iPad to buy?
165: Let’s fix it!
Nov 16, 2018 • 41 min
Instead of only complaining, you can act to change things for the better in your local community, neighborhood, city, school. Most people tend to think that getting involved must be very difficult, impossible, or political. But the truth is, a lot of the…
164: Why we do what we do
Nov 6, 2018 • 45 min
Over time, we start taking things for granted, get used to the status quo, get into the rut, and forget the basics — the motivating factors behind why we do what we do. Here are our reasons.
163: Joy of less
Nov 2, 2018 • 36 min
Follow-up on the joy of minimalist backpack-only packing: wallets, cycling, charing, shaving… and a follow-up on home renovations and tidying up.
162: Backpack Only
Oct 25, 2018 • 73 min
The Podcast special, live from a Nozbe company reunion in Kraków! This one, if you can, you should really watch on video. We unpack our backpacks on camera, and show precisely every single item we have inside. Turns out, you really don’t need that much…
161: Talk to them!
Oct 17, 2018 • 48 min
Lessons learned from Michael’s visit to Mobiconf. The liberty of backpack-only lifestyle. Choosing conferences wisely. And talking to people.
160: Building with hammers
Oct 10, 2018 • 41 min
Home office renovations, laying out cable, procrastination, tinkering with Raspberry Pi, and home automation on the cheap
159: Home automation
Oct 2, 2018 • 49 min
Experimenting with home automation with HomeKit
158: Sabbatical
Sep 26, 2018 • 51 min
Can a CEO of a small company stop working completely for 6 weeks? Michael just did, and this are his lessons learned.
157: Watermelon
Sep 14, 2018 • 43 min
The story behind the first artifact of the secret Project Purple, and Nozbe’s first big piece of open-source code: WatermelonDB. What it is, why we spent more than a year developing it, and what was the process of releasing it at React Native EU.
156: Sport hacks
Aug 29, 2018 • 24 min
Social accountability, structure, running with guests, cycling to school, and other brain hacks to find more time and opportunities for sports in our lives.
155: Spreading the word
Aug 16, 2018 • 42 min
To blog or not to blog? Searching for our personal soapboxes, and pondering if blogging still matters when you can just record a podcast (and if it does, when and why).
154: Inevitable Convergence
Aug 6, 2018 • 37 min
The new MacBook Pro. Why iOS and macOS are destined to converge. The future of Apple computers.
153: Attention Required
Jul 18, 2018 • 49 min
GDPR - the good, the bad, the ugly. Dark design of privacy popups. The legal, cultural, and technical fronts of the battle against privacy erosion.
152: Power to the people
Jul 11, 2018 • 51 min
“It’s loud, dangerous, costly, produces poor results, and I love it”. In other words, welcome to the world of 3D printing. Radek tells about his journey with this: how it works, why it’s way more difficult than it seems, and why it’s amazing.
151: Nozbe: Automated
Jul 4, 2018 • 40 min
Advancements in iOS automation. Simplifying morning/afternoon routine and travel with Nozbe automation. Resisting social media compulsive behavior (also on Android). And what’s next.
150: Three years in
Jun 29, 2018 • 35 min
Learning from three years of The Podcast. Keeping it short, sticking to audio, some stats, and feedback from our listeners!
149: Profit First
Jun 19, 2018 • 49 min
Discussing — a simple system for managing finances designed around human flaws. We talk about the ideas from the book (written mostly for entrepreneurs), and then turn to how we adapted and applied the lessons to our personal lives.
148: Don’t spend it all
Jun 13, 2018 • 48 min
Thoughts on saving money. We discuss two different approaches to money when you’re young. And then we talk about ETFs — the simplest, least risky way to invest money in stock markets.
147: Shackles, please!
Jun 6, 2018 • 56 min
Our take on Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2018
146: Magic of Tidying Up
May 30, 2018 • 52 min
Why living in a simple, minimalistic space is efficient, frugal, and good for psychological well-being. And more importantly: how to get there. (Hint: it’s an emotionally daunting journey, but well worth it!)
145: Don’t say that
May 22, 2018 • 64 min
A real snapshot of how we work together. Michael is working on a presentation about remote work for infoShare, and we iterate on the draft, together, live.
144: Staring at a blank canvas
May 15, 2018 • 38 min
A strategy for dealing with the hardest kind of tasks. Hint: it’s not by trying to make it 100% right in one go.
143: How to spend money
May 9, 2018 • 53 min
Exploring the domain of personal finance: analyzing your spending, how to save money efficiently, why (saving on things you don’t care about so you can spend on things you do), and Michael’s rant on young people.
142: Aliens among us
May 2, 2018 • 52 min
Questioning the format, purpose, length, and need for the semi-annual Nozbe Reunion — the only time when our remote company is in one physical location. More learning from our mistakes, old and new. And how to let go.
141: Nozbe at Nozbe
Apr 24, 2018 • 50 min
This week, we explain, in detail, do we use Nozbe (the app) at Nozbe (the company). Why not all projects have a specific goal and end, a company message board, how to organize work and communication in a software development team, and how to semi-automate…
140: Raising the bar
Apr 18, 2018 • 55 min
Our hopes and wishes for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference next month. Discussing bezel-less iPads, a convergence of iOS and macOS, and products Apple should not be selling anymore.
139: First tasks first
Apr 10, 2018 • 49 min
Radek explains his best system yet for planning the day and week to squeeze as much deep work as possible. First tasks first, then the frog, radio silence until 10am, plan the next day early, manage energy levels, and keep a stash of backup tasks. Easy!
138: Leap of faith
Apr 3, 2018 • 54 min
A meandering discussion on advantages of semi-nomadic lifestyle, the brokenness of companies, changing paradigms, always taking the blame, and being immunized by experience.
137: Nomadic lifestyle
Mar 27, 2018 • 57 min
Radek explains what it takes to be a digital nomad — how to travel often, with little preparation, overhead, or stress, all while still doing your job. We discuss: how to pack for a week in a backpack, how to pack extremely fast, how to keep your good…
136: Traveling with apps
Mar 21, 2018 • 50 min
Using technology to make traveling easier. How to keep track of who owes whom how much, saving money on currency exchanges, running through the airport more quickly, keeping track of expenses, managing preparation for a trip, and sharing all the files,…
135: Swiss army apps
Mar 13, 2018 • 52 min
Discussing iOS apps, and how to use them powerfully. A follow-up on note-taking, document scanning, and maintaining a Magic Spreadhseet on iPhone and iPad. Also, why it’s totally normal, even for a minimalist, to have multiple note-taking apps (or to-do…
134: Nozbe for you
Mar 6, 2018 • 48 min
How Michael and Radek organize their lives (side projects, hobbies, chores, errands) outside of work using Nozbe.
133: Better Than Before
Mar 1, 2018 • 42 min
Cultivating good habits and overcoming bad ones — discussing the most interesting strategies and brain hacks from Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin.
132: Reusable Rocketry
Feb 13, 2018 • 47 min
On the day of Falcon Heavy’s maiden launch (currently the most powerful rocket in the world), we discuss what makes SpaceX great. SpaceX makes the cheapest and most powerful rockets in the world, and they’re reusable. How come they succeeded, and NASA’s…
131: Singular Focus of 2018
Feb 6, 2018 • 50 min
Annual Review series, part 5 (and last!). Learning from previous years and quarterly reviews, and applying lessons of Burst Projects, Values, and Letting go to design the best year ever. Making fewer goals, and putting them sequentially, not in parallel,…
130: 2017 Highlights
Jan 30, 2018 • 47 min
Annual Review series, part 4. We’re taking a look back at last year, to consider all that was good, bad, ugly, or just unexpected, and learn from it.
129: Letting go
Jan 23, 2018 • 44 min
Annual Review series, part 3. Each year, start anew. Your past projects, goals, habits don’t matter… unless you decide that they really do. Don’t automatically move last year’s failed goals to this year. And don’t hold yourself to the highest standard…
128: Values
Jan 16, 2018 • 49 min
Annual Review series, part 2. Last week we discussed how to structure goals. Today, we discuss how to select your goals in the first place. It starts with deep self-knowledge. Truly understanding the things about you, what motivates you, what excites you,…
127: Burst Projects vs Keystone Habits
Jan 11, 2018 • 46 min
Annual Review series, part 1. Sometimes you stumble upon a project that excites and engages you so much, it gives you what feels like superhuman power. We discuss how to foster the right environment for such projects to appear in your life. We also…
126: Inbox Non-Zero
Jan 4, 2018 • 41 min
How to become less addicted to notifications and badges. The thing is: they’re designed to make us react. Every time we see there’s a new message, we check it out. And thus it becomes a compulsive behavior we cannot stop (we’re just humans after all). We…
125: No speed limit
Dec 19, 2017 • 49 min
Learn a new language in the New Year! Following up on the previous two episodes on learning languages, we share more tips on how to learn efficiently, as well as our own progress (Radek learning Spanish, and Michael learning French)
124: Making geeks smile
Dec 12, 2017 • 40 min
Cool gadgets you can get for Christmas. Also: Review of 2017 in hardware, and why Radek doesn’t wear an Apple Watch anymore.
123: So Good They Can’t Ignore You
Dec 5, 2017 • 41 min
Just follow your passion, right? … No. Unless you’re already highly skilled at something you’re passionate about, following your passion will only drive you to be miserable. To get a great job you can feel passionate about, you must first have something…
122: Deep Pre-Decision
Nov 29, 2017 • 39 min
Optimizing your day for Deep Work. Or, what to do to make highly productive, deeply focused work possible (and likely).
121: Scanning & Planning
Nov 22, 2017 • 52 min
More mobile life & iOS automation talk: 1. Using Scanbot (and not Evernote) for document safekeeping 2. Optimizing Magic Spreadsheet for iPhone, tracking time spent, micro-journaling
120: Spanglish
Nov 15, 2017 • 54 min
Part 2 of our discussion on: - How to develop a better accent in a foreign language - Michael’s story of learning Spanish - Duolingo and computer-aided language learning
119: The Polyglots
Nov 9, 2017 • 49 min
The story of how Michael and Radek learned English, German, and other languages. Michael’s way was to watch lots of movies and sing lots of songs. Meanwhile, Radek plugs in historical spaced repetition learning data from his very first magic spreadsheet…
118: More Than Good Enough
Nov 3, 2017 • 46 min
After a few months of heavy iPad use, Radek admits: despite its (obvious) flaws and limitations, iPad Pro is a surprisingly good computer. There’s still ways to go, but with some determination and a shift in mindset, there are very few things you can’t do…
117: Notch of the Future
Oct 25, 2017 • 46 min
Discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly of the iPhone X. Also: Wireless charging everywhere, ARM on the Mac, iPhone multitasking.
116: App of the Reunion
Oct 18, 2017 • 45 min
Like every half a year, we reunite in one physical location, this time: Wrocław. We talk about learning languages, beers, Taiwan, and the low-carb diet.
115: Triathlons
Oct 14, 2017 • 37 min
Michael celebrates his tenth triathlon, explains how he got into it and tries to persuade Radek to compete as well.
114: Panamá
Oct 4, 2017 • 54 min
About Radek’s trip to Panama, along with a bunch of traveling pro tips. The art of packing – how to pack for 13 days in a regular backpack. Modern materials and packing for a wide range of temperatures. Avoiding jetlag.
113: Don’t be creepy
Sep 26, 2017 • 35 min
If you’re a doctor or a lawyer, you have an ethical obligation to do the right thing for your patient or client. Why aren’t software developers held to the same standard?
112: Pursuit of Essentialism
Sep 18, 2017 • 41 min
Today, we discuss the book Essentialism by Greg McKeown. The goal: designing a simpler, more focused life. Doing less, but better. Cutting down on what’s “good”, but not good enough.
111: Death to Paper
Sep 12, 2017 • 45 min
Michael explains how he uses Evernote. This was going to be a boring episode about note taking. Turns out, this is a powerful system that completely removes the need for storing paper. All of the 13,000 notes, documents, receipts, health records, are…
110: Non-Violent Communication
Sep 7, 2017 • 44 min
Today, we discuss Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg: Resolving conflicts with other people, taking responsibility for your own life, finding empathy for yourself. PS. Apologies for being not one, but two weeks late!
109: Workflow to the rescue
Aug 16, 2017 • 49 min
Taking iOS automation up to eleven. Featuring: making Magic Spreadsheet work on iPhone using Workflow, smart checklists in Nozbe, journaling Workflows, Automator on the Mac, URL schemes, and finally… how Radek made an iPhone day planning app by stringing…
108: iPad Consultations
Aug 8, 2017 • 34 min
Michael teaches Radek how to be more productive on an iPad. Featuring: using Evernote (or Notes) as a temporary files storage, solving drag&drop issues with web apps, limitations of Dropbox, and putting it all together to make complex workflows easy.
107: Simplify everything
Aug 1, 2017 • 45 min
Habits, systems, and reminders are crucial, but it is possible to go too far and end up hoarding them. Every now and then, it’s worth questioning which are really essential, and which no longer serve a purpose; what can be removed, simplified, automated,…
106: Combined Twitter&Instagram Moment
Jul 27, 2017 • 52 min
Part 2 of our discussion on reducing the cognitive load of notifications, and loosening the grip of social media addiction. We’ve made some changes and simplifications since the last episode and we have some pro tips to share!
105: Twitter detox
Jul 19, 2017 • 39 min
Discussion on distractions and addiction, and how that relates to software we use. We forgot how to be bored for even 30 seconds, and we fill even the smallest slices of our time by responding to notifications and with social media. Just so we can have…
104: A Guide to the Good Life
Jul 12, 2017 • 48 min
Part 2 of our discussion of Stoicism and the book “A Guide to the Good Life”. Be sure to check out Part 1 first.
103: Stoicism
Jul 2, 2017 • 41 min
We discuss “A Guide to the Good Life”, a modern, approachable introduction to Stoicism. A philosophy of life easy to dismiss as a boring piece of history not applicable to modern life, but in reality, a tremendously useful bag of psychological tricks that…
102: iPad Only
Jun 26, 2017 • 64 min
Michael tries to sell Radek on the idea of using an iPad as your main (or only) computer. Radek remains skeptical, but buys the new iPad Pro anyway.
101: WWDC 2017
Jun 20, 2017 • 52 min
Radek and Michael comment on Apple’s announcements on Worldwide Developers Conference this year. (This is our take on what’s significant, and what’s missing — we assume you already know the news)
100: Two years
Jun 13, 2017 • 43 min
This week, we’re celebrating our one hundredth episode of The Podcast. Sharing the story of how this show came to be, how it evolved with us over time, and where its future lies.
99: Bring magic back
May 29, 2017 • 41 min
Our thoughts and wishes for Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) next week.
98: Stop Stealing Dreams
May 23, 2017 • 46 min
Continuing from last week, this is part two of our rant on the education system. We argue that it was fundamentally designed for a different era, designed to produce obedient workers, efficient at performing arbitrary tasks. Not necessarily to teach you…
97: Schooling
May 18, 2017 • 42 min
Part one of our rant on the education system. Our experiences are quite different: Michael had a great time in his 5 years of university; Radek never went to college at all. We both agree, though, that the way schooling is done is deeply flawed, outdated,…
96: Working while traveling
May 11, 2017 • 38 min
At Nozbe, everyone works remotely. Usually that means, from home. But sometimes, we work even more remotely — while traveling. We share tips on how we pull this off, how to be productive while in such an imperfect work environment.
95: Living in the future
May 4, 2017 • 35 min
Future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed. It’s fun, if sometimes frustrating, to live in the future — use the hardware, work, learn, and live like people will in the future.
94: Insanely Simple
Apr 25, 2017 • 30 min
Discussing simplicity, Steve Jobs, communication styles, empathy, and other thoughts from the book “Insanely Simple”.
93: Dare to try
Apr 19, 2017 • 45 min
Why is studying productivity a worthwhile pursuit? Many people assume it’s all useless — and much of it is! Like with dieting, it’s a field filled with charlatans promising amazing results with barely any effort at all. Yet, underneath all the nonsense is…
92: Fooled by Randomness
Apr 12, 2017 • 42 min
A random, rambly discussion about a rambly book on randomness.
91: Best city
Apr 5, 2017 • 35 min
Live from the twice-a-year Nozbe Reunion in Toruń!
90: Too risky
Mar 28, 2017 • 42 min
Feel free to skip this one, because this week we’re breaking all the rules about not getting in trouble on the internet… to talk about politics. Yes, really.
89: Shutdown ritual
Mar 22, 2017 • 34 min
Idleness is good for the brain. After a day of hard, deep work, you ought to disconnect from work completely, shut it down, and recharge for the next day. Commit to this, work can wait. Radek shares a little habit he’s developed to help maintain this…
88: Solitude
Mar 14, 2017 • 50 min
Technology grab bag: Bose QC35 review, some thoughts on new iPad and iPhone rumors, and an update to Radek’s MacBook Pro review
87: Sleep Smarter
Mar 8, 2017 • 39 min
Everyone knows that sleep is important (or so we hope), but it isn’t just the quantity of sleep that matters, it’s the quality of sleep as well. There’s a ton of little factors that influence both how long and how well you sleep. On this episode, we’ll be…
86: Perfect week
Mar 1, 2017 • 35 min
Michael Sliwinski shares a pro tip he learned from Michael Hyatt: how to design a template for your ideal week. A good routine is helpful for productivity.
85: Magic Spreadsheet
Feb 21, 2017 • 37 min
Rapid improvement (at anything!) requires a tight feedback loop. And for a feedback loop, you need… well, feedback — data. Radek had been tracking lots of such data (weight, habits, hours spent on different projects) in a big spreadsheet for almost 7…