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101: WWDC 2017
Jun 20 • 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 • 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 • 41 min
Our thoughts and wishes for Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) next week.
98: Stop Stealing Dreams
May 23 • 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 • 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 We both agree, though, that the way schooling is done is deeply flawed, outdated,…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 • 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 • 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 • 30 min
Discussing simplicity, Steve Jobs, communication styles, empathy, and other thoughts from the book “Insanely Simple”.
93: Dare to try
Apr 19 • 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 • 42 min
A random, rambly discussion about a rambly book on randomness.
91: Best city
Apr 5 • 35 min
Live from the twice-a-year Nozbe Reunion in Toruń!
90: Too risky
Mar 28 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…
84: From reading to doing
Feb 15 • 38 min
How do you turn reading into action? It’s good to read lots of books, but if you’re neglecting to actually apply the things you’ve learned to your life, then it’s barely more than a form of intellectual entertainment.
83: 10 years of Nozbe special
Feb 7 • 54 min
This one’s different. We’re celebrating Nozbe’s 10th birthday!
82: Planning 2017
Jan 31 • 48 min
A year of your life is precious. Instead of just going with the flow (and often, ending up nowhere), it’s worth taking a deliberate approach to planning your year. Every year. Not “New Year’s Resolutions”, no. Those never work. An actual plan, with goals…
81: Deliberate Practice
Jan 25 • 34 min
Real world examples of how we applied ideas from “Peak” in our lives to learn faster and better.
80: Peak
Jan 17 • 38 min
We’re back from our winter break, and this week we’re discussing the book Peak. We want to understand, on a deeper level, how people become good at what they do, and what’s the best approach to learning. Peak offers important clues towards the answer. In…
79: Inevitable transition
Dec 28, 2016 • 38 min
Continuing our conversation from last week, we share some more thoughts about the future of Mac. (Hint: it’s switching to the ARM architecture). This is our last episode of the year! We’ll be back in two weeks.
78: Underwhelming Performance
Dec 20, 2016 • 46 min
Radek reviews the new MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar).
77: Ego is the enemy
Dec 13, 2016 • 42 min
At every stage of our lives, when we aspire, succeed, or fail, our ego is the enemy. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of ego and start believing your own delusions and hubris, that you’re smarter and better than you really are, that it’s others that…
76: Management by walking around
Dec 6, 2016 • 42 min
Discussing more unorthodox ideas about running a business from Under New Management. Trying to figure out why so many companies believe that open-space offices are a good thing. Discussing salary transparency — we’re not doing it, but maybe we should?
75: Under New Management
Nov 29, 2016 • 39 min
The way today’s companies are ran closely mimics the management methods of the industrial revolution era firms. But the realities of modern organizations — that rely mostly on knowledge and creative work — is very different. Just like the world has moved…
74: Disrupted
Nov 22, 2016 • 37 min
Briefly reviewing Disrupted by Dan Lyons, and more generally discussing and criticizing the startup culture. A cautionary tale.
73: Quarterly Offsite
Nov 15, 2016 • 46 min
Personal Quarterly Offsite (or just “quarterly review”) is your feedback loop for life. Every three months, you give a day to yourself to review your whole life, reflect deeply, learn from your mistakes, and make plans and decisions for the next quarter.…
72: Accept your weakness
Nov 9, 2016 • 38 min
Continuing our discussion about morning routines, we talk about how we design our week to make productivity easy. Pro-Tip: Productivity becomes much simpler once you accept your weaknesses as a human being.
71: Friction Management
Nov 3, 2016 • 43 min
Radek shares some pro-tips and brain hacks he used to regain control over his morning routine. The first step is to wake up early and consistently, and that’s hard. The second step is to get rid of the compulsive Twitter reading habit in the morning. And…
70: People want to work
Oct 25, 2016 • 39 min
​Live from this week’s Nozbe Reunion, we review how the TGIF policy has been working for us in the past 10 weeks. Turns out, it’s not so easy to make people work less. But we’ve learned a lot, we’ll be tweaking the process a bit, and we’ll keep doing it!…
69: Sharing
Oct 18, 2016 • 42 min
Continuing our conversation last week, we’re discussing how sharing, cooperation, and remixing are slowly changing our lifes and businesses.
68: The Inevitable
Oct 11, 2016 • 44 min
Discussing ideas from “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future”.
67: David and Goliath
Oct 4, 2016 • 48 min
We’re continuing last week’s discussion, and sharing ideas about how to thrive when your competition is bigger and stronger. As a small company, a tiny team, or an indie, you’re a David, and to win with your Goliath, you ought to do things they don’t,…
66: Guerrilla Development
Sep 27, 2016 • 41 min
One does not win a war against a vastly stronger enemy by going head to head against it. No, to have a chance of winning, you need to play a different game altogether, and turn your opponent’s strengths into weaknesses. Warfare metaphors aside, it’s also…
65: Request for comments
Sep 22, 2016 • 45 min
At every company, communication overhead becomes a real sink for time and energy. And the larger you get, the greater the overhead. It’s prudent to optimize how you communicate and collaborate, so you can get the biggest bang for your buck. Communicate…
64: Garbage collection
Sep 13, 2016 • 37 min
There’s no speed limit to how fast you can learn. But you can’t just upload information into your brain either. To learn faster, it’s important to understand the nature of how we remember things. This week we discuss the spaced repetition learning…
63: Show me
Sep 6, 2016 • 46 min
Discussing insights from How to Fly a Horse. Everybody can be creative, but creative thinking doesn’t exist. Creation is not inspiration, but iteration. It takes time, and lots of work. And you have to become comfortable with this. Brainstorming doesn’t…
62: Path to the end
Aug 30, 2016 • 31 min
Continuing our conversation about ideas and insights from Smarter Faster Better: discussing how team norms shape the way we work together, empathy, changing your mind quickly and often, copying, and remixing ideas.
61: Take the blame
Aug 23, 2016 • 47 min
Book corner! This week, we discuss ideas we learned from Charles Duhigg’s newest book, Smarter Faster Better. Among others, we discuss why employers should get out the way of your employees, give them trust and responsibility; how you should make plans so…
60: TGIF
Aug 17, 2016 • 35 min
Michael wants his employees to work less and still pay them the same. He might be crazy. We’re implementing a new, experimental policy at Nozbe, where everyone works at full thrust from Monday through Thursday, and then on Friday, after a few meetings,…
59: Abolishing hierarchies
Aug 10, 2016 • 38 min
Thoughts on software design. What we do with user feedback, how we prioritize new features, teach users good habits through interface design, and try to strike a balance between “simple” and “powerful”. Also a brief discussion about iOS 10.
58: Peer Mentoring
Aug 3, 2016 • 37 min
Michael explains what it means to him to mentor and be mentored. It’s not what you might expect — not a master-student relationship, rather, it’s about peers exchanging ideas and points of view. Teaching and being taught at the same time.
57: Discomfort routine
Jul 27, 2016 • 42 min
Radek started waking up so early, no one can believe this is even possible. (Isn’t this weird that when we hit the snooze button, procrastination is literally the first thing we do in a day? How could that be a good thing?) Also a discussion about…
56: Thought leadering
Jul 20, 2016 • 38 min
Michael rethinks his strategy for blogging and spreading the word about #NoOffice. The plan: one solid blog post a week to blog his way to writing the NoOffice book.
55: Ten years from now
Jul 14, 2016 • 42 min
Answering common questions and criticisms about high book consumption. Why it doesn’t matter how many books you read will you remember 10 years from now. Why having a lot of (often contradictory) mental models is crucial. Why it’s important to have time…
54: Forget the fireplace
Jul 7, 2016 • 49 min
There is no such thing as reading too many books. (Or if there is, it’s certainly way above the 30 books per year rate both Michael and Radek find easy to achieve.) Each new book compliments the previous one, adding to your trove of knowledge, ideas, and…
53: Originals
Jun 30, 2016 • 46 min
What does it take for individuals and organizations to be original and creative? Michael and Radek share their favorite bits from Originals — Adam Grant’s newest book that tries to answer these very questions. We talk about why quantity vs quality is a…
52: 6 degrees of Elon Musk
Jun 22, 2016 • 45 min
Radek shares more of his experiences from the WWDC/San Francisco trip. More tips for attending conferences. About almost knowing Elon Musk, and why it’s not worth being a jerk. And on connecting the dots.
51: WWDC 2016
Jun 16, 2016 • 34 min
Live from (surprisingly cold) California, Radek joins Michael to talk about the news from Apple on the Worldwide Developers Conference and how they affect us and Nozbe, our product.
50: Four Disciplines
Jun 8, 2016 • 54 min
Today, we discuss ideas from The 4 Disciplines of Execution — a book describing a system for achieving goals among the whirlwind of everyday life. Also: celebrating our 50th episode, Radek is going to WWDC, and basketball and rocket corners!
49: Zero sum game
Jun 1, 2016 • 41 min
This is such an important idea. We all know this, but few of us actually internalize this truth: The competition for our time and attention is a zero sum game. No matter how hard you try, a day is 24 hours long. We have to be brutal in refusing to do…
48: Three-point-three wave
May 25, 2016 • 40 min
Michael reviews The Third Wave (two homonymous books by Alvin Toffler and Steve Case). And Radek is going to San Francisco for Apple’s WWDC conference. Nozbe: Works on Mars™ (or money back guaranteed). Your move, Elon Musk.
47: Quit social media
May 18, 2016 • 45 min
Your day is 24 hours long, and there’s nothing you can do to change that. Which means, competition for your time and attention is a zero sum game. Doing one thing means you’re not doing another. And some things are more valuable than others. It’s not…
46: Deep Work
May 11, 2016 • 47 min
We live very distracted lives and most of our working days are filled with shallow tasks and interruptions. In this age when more and more jobs are being automated, we can get a competitive edge if we get good at performing deep work — important work at…
45: Tree of knowledge
May 4, 2016 • 41 min
More discussion about books! Remember: books are not a source of raw information, they are education and persuasion devices. The most compact forms of books are rarely those that make the most impact.
44: Productivity fudges
Apr 27, 2016 • 45 min
Michael and Radek have been to Warsaw on two awesome conferences last week. This episode, we’re sharing some stories from that and celebrating the human touch in everyday interactions.
43: Not that smart
Apr 20, 2016 • 51 min
A story about our relationship with books. Truly, reading a lot has been a great investment and made us smarter, but it wasn’t always easy for us. We had to change our approach to be able to read 20-30 books a year.
42: Bottom line
Apr 13, 2016 • 49 min
The value of focus is hard to measure. But why spend your time doing something on your own just because you can, when you can get it off the shelf and focus on what makes your company unique? Perhaps this is obvious, but we continue to catch ourselves…
41: Never grow up
Apr 7, 2016 • 38 min
You don’t need an office, or presence in Silicon Valley, or big VC money to start and sustain a company. To create something interesting, to make a dent in your customers’ lives. And when did “lifestyle business” become an insult, anyway? This week, we…
40: Overcollaboration is dangerous
Mar 30, 2016 • 48 min
Being a small company is great. Everyone knows everyone, there’s just one team, no secrets, and it all makes for a pleasant environment to work in. But to be a small company and still achieve great things, you have to be efficient and brutally selective…
39: Make Nozbe Great Again
Mar 23, 2016 • 40 min
This one is special. We’re recording live from a hotel room on the semi-annual Nozbe Reunion. With live audience, the marketing team Periscoping us, and Michael finally got a proper mic! This week, we’re talking about improving ourselves and our company,…
38: Rules of the game
Mar 16, 2016 • 42 min
Third month into the year, it’s time to look back on the progress we’ve made on our yearly goals. Hint: only a fool keeps doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. It’s not just about pushing yourself harder — when you don’t succeed…
37: Batch that frog
Mar 9, 2016 • 50 min
Most communication in companies should happen asynchronously. How can anyone get anything done when everyone is constantly distracted? That, and: 1) Batching related or small tasks 2) Mark your most important tasks as Frogs and filter based on that 3)…
36: Weekly rhythm therapy
Mar 2, 2016 • 43 min
Wearing more than one hat makes planning work across the week (and from week to week) hard. Here’s how we try to do it, and keep often conflicting priorities balanced and in check.
35: You tried to be funny
Feb 24, 2016 • 38 min
Radek made people angry on the internet and Michael tried to be funny. The insights you gain by reading lots of books. More stuff about nutrition. (Why isn’t there consensus about this?) Michael’s successes with his morning routine. Weekly weigh-in. Milk.…
34: Wake up and smell the coffee
Feb 17, 2016 • 56 min
33: Monkey brain optimization
Feb 10, 2016 • 39 min
Some things are bad, but provide instant gratification. Some things are good, but don’t. If you want to create better habits, you have to create an environment where doing the right thing is as effortless as possible. You have to optimize and work around…
32: How to get fat
Feb 3, 2016 • 55 min
Radek read “Why We Get Fat” and now his 20kg weight loss makes a whole lot more sense to him. Michael just nods along.
31: Topic selection problem
Jan 27, 2016 • 49 min
9th birthday of Nozbe = version 3.0 + new logo + new design + tears of joy. That topic that was going to be today? Well, it will have to wait another week.
30: More research required
Jan 20, 2016 • 48 min
SpaceX corner, and a bunch of follow-up on making, reviewing, and achieving goals. (And journaling, and weight loss…) Plus a sneak peak into Nozbe 3.0.
29: Bound to happen
Jan 13, 2016 • 43 min
2015 in review and how NOT to make New Year’s resolutions.
28: Empty intellectual calories
Dec 23, 2015 • 43 min
Radek signed up for a gym. And he doesn’t like gifts. And USB causes radio interference. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!
27: It’s like flossing!
Dec 16, 2015 • 48 min
Why you should be doing Weekly Review, a scheduled meeting with yourself. (It’s like flossing!) Also: ergonomics follow-up, RF corner, and the first edition of Hosts’ Picks.
26: Punishment for naming sins
Dec 9, 2015 • 62 min
Micheal bought a Tesla! Well, one unit of TSLA stock. Still! Continuing our conversation on workspace ergonomics (chairs, desks, and working while standing). Some philosophizing on buying only the best. And what we’ve learned after half a year of…
25: Vote of confidence
Dec 2, 2015 • 52 min
A random bag of topics: landing rockets, Black Friday, tech Thanksgiving, WiFi corner, Tokyo, ergonomic keyboards, pricing models.
24: Four-version pipeline
Nov 25, 2015 • 44 min
Radek’s trip to London, going #iPadOnly, navigating with an Apple Watch, internal Android—iOS competition at Nozbe, iPad Pro, Nozbe public templates, and why we can’t ship an iOS update.
23: Crazy times
Nov 18, 2015 • 42 min
More Apple Watch use cases, noise-cancelling headphones, Michael’s new level of internet fame, Nozbe templates… Earthquakes, armed robberies, and the iPad Pro. Crazy times indeed.
22: Marginally useful
Nov 11, 2015 • 48 min
Answering listener questions (what would happen if our team was spread across many time zones far apart?). Design thinking behind the new Nozbe Complication. Questioning (again!) whether or not Apple Watch is a useful and compelling device to have. Fun…
21: Segues
Nov 4, 2015 • 51 min
WiFi issues (episode 666), Michael’s trip to the UK, Tesla, Elon Musk, Hello Internet podcast and Starbucks hotstoppers (or lack thereof), virtual-turn-real friendships, automation in Nozbe dev team, the pain of fresh iOS and El Capitan installations,…
20: Why complaining is important
Oct 28, 2015 • 40 min
Following up from the last episode, we discuss why it’s important to complain, have strong opinions weakly held, and why we sometimes design things to be harder to use (for a greater good).
19: You have to fight
Oct 21, 2015 • 49 min
More tools and meetings we use at Nozbe to collaborate and organize ourselves. In this episode: company wiki, Dropbox, version planning meeting, and the Design Fight. Warning: high content of Michael’s enthusiasm (“we love each other, we love this…
18: Meetings don’t have to be toxic
Oct 14, 2015 • 47 min
Let’s face it: most meetings suck. Meetings can be a useful tool for collaboration, but they have to be done right. This week we explore how we used to suck at meetings, and how we changed them over time to be more useful.
17: Tools for remote work
Oct 7, 2015 • 42 min
Part two of our “how we work” series. This week, we talk tools: software we use to communicate, collaborate, and organize ourselves. We also go into detail of how we use those tools (including our own). Spoiler alert: email isn’t one of them.
16: I can literally touch you
Sep 30, 2015 • 41 min
Recording live from a company reunion, Michael and Radek discuss what they’ve learned over the past week and how that will influence their product in the upcoming months.
15: Not only for introverts
Sep 23, 2015 • 42 min
We get back to discussing productivity and how we do our work. Michael explains why he got into working from home and argues that more companies should adopt it. Turns out, you don’t have to be introverted to enjoy remote work.
14: Way too many iPads
Sep 16, 2015 • 41 min
Michael has 5 iPads (seriously!) and treats them as work devices. Radek thinks that’s crazy. Will iPad Pro change how people work?
13: Dark corners of Palo Alto and Cupertino
Sep 9, 2015 • 52 min
Tesla Model X and Model 3. How Tesla is (not) disrupting car sales. Some speculation on Apple’s September 9 event (which has already happened by now). More grumbling about iOS bugs (and our own).
12: Don’t sacrifice life over space projects
Sep 4, 2015 • 40 min
More thoughts on transportation, EV-s, autonomous cars. The work-life imbalance of Elon Musk. Brief digression on rockets and space exploration.
11: The Elon Musk Show
Aug 26, 2015 • 44 min
Thoughts on Elon Musk, Tesla, Uber, and the future of transportation.
10: The incentives are aligned
Aug 19, 2015 • 40 min
Follow-up on productivity, Michael’s blog post templates, organizing your thoughts with journaling, hate mail, and how business models influence work environment.
9: I need to lower your salary
Aug 12, 2015 • 47 min
Radek reveals the limits of his productivity to his boss.
8: Accidental Lego Podcast
Aug 5, 2015 • 44 min
Michael starts his day with a 50+ km bike ride and has an Amazon Prime problem. Radek beats his distance the same day and comes out of the closet as an adult fan of LEGO.
7: Too cool for an intro
Jul 29, 2015 • 47 min
More grumbling about iDevice memory sizes, iOS adoption rates, discussion ideas for improvements of The Podcast and how to do reunions of remote companies. Oh and Radek removed Twitter from his phone (really).
6: Unschedule your day
Jul 24, 2015 • 47 min
Life with the Apple Watch, interruptive spaces, and the Pomodoro Technique.
5: That’s how you treat them?!
Jul 15, 2015 • 42 min
A brief digression turned into half an hour of ranting about why open space offices suck and why remote work is awesome
4: The content is entertaining enough
Jul 10, 2015 • 46 min
Reflecting on our previous episodes, then discussing how we’re trying to get better at writing, running, photography by finding consistency.
3: Personal blogs will drown in here
Jul 3, 2015 • 49 min
Thoughts on digital publishing — Apple News, Newsstand, Flipboard, RSS, and Remag.
2: Two Apple Watches that don’t belong to us
Jun 29, 2015 • 48 min
A few thoughts on Apple Watch, how iOS adoption rate impacts us, and what we didn’t get on WWDC.