Tuesday, February 25

✔ Productive! Magazine going regular, global and local

Back in 2007 I launched Nozbe because I wanted to "scratch my own itch" and build a productivity tool that I'd want to use every day. Turns our I wasn't the only one. I felt it wasn't enough. I gave people a fantastic tool to get things done, but we all needed more than that. We needed inspiration and useful tips and tricks... and this is how the Productive! Magazine was born... and last week we've taken it to the next level:

Productive! Magazine Global

Productive! Magazine is now a "monthly"... and is going places

When last year we relaunched the magazine we decided to make it a regular, monthly mag. I explained that in one of my shows. Well, we missed January, mostly because of me being too busy and not making the interviews on time... but we've learned our lesson and now we're back with issue #17 with Brian Tracy for February and issue #18 with Scott Belsky for March... and we have a whole lineup of interviewees for the future issues...

But that's not everything - we're converting Productive! Magazine into a global franchise with magazines in different languages! Now, that's really exciting:

Friday, February 7

✔ Productive! Magazine #17 with Brian Tracy is out! Enjoy!

Yes, I know, we're a little late with the January issue of our Productive! Magazine but I assure you it was worth the wait. I decided to do a live interview with Brian Tracy as I was very impressed when I met him at a conference I was attending. Here's the issue 17:

productive magazine 17 with Brian Tracy

You can read the Productive! Magazine in three ways:

Anyway, won't bore you with more details, suffice to say in this issue you'll find not only an inspiring interview with Brian but also some amazing articles by the best productivity bloggers on the Internet - enjoy!

As always, your favorite productivity magazine is sponsored by Nozbe - your favorite time and project management suite of apps that helps you get things done every single day :-)

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Thursday, February 6

✔ My slim iPad Air gadget bag - Productive!Show #64

As I work mostly on my iPad now I need to have a great bag for my #iPadOnly work to fit my iPad Air, Logitech iPad Mini keyboard, stylus, ballpen, Lightning charger with cable and Lightning-HDMI adapter. This bag is called "Lacoste Crossover Slim Bag" and it's a very nice, slim and handy bag - perfect to carry my iPad Air when I'm out and about.

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Tuesday, February 4

✔ 7 years running Nozbe... and just getting started!

Wow, time really flies. It's been now 7 years since I started Nozbe and I really feel I'm just getting started. Last year I published a la-la-la-la-long interview with me to give you a whole back-story explaining why and how I started Nozbe in the first place. If you haven't read it, you should. In this short blog post I want to look at the future of my company and give you an idea of where we're going.

7 years running nozbe

Last year was important

I had very ambitious plans for last year for Nozbe but they changed right in the middle of the year when we decided to disrupt ourselves and start building new, shiny Nozbe 2.0 which we internally call "One Nozbe". It's the next step for our tool which effectively will make it truly "mobile first". It's a fully responsive app that works beautifully (and crazy fast) on all the platforms we support.

I'm freaking out about it a little (in terms of both anxiousness and excitement)... and I think in the end you'll be blown away. It ships this Spring. In hindsight I think it was a great investment to decide to postpone other side projects and focus on it. We needed it... and most of all - you, our customers needed it even more. You'll see. But there's more:

Saturday, February 1

✔ Brian Tracy interview - Productive!Show #63

I'm on the ICE Live Business Forum and had a pleasure of taking part in Brian Tracy's training session as well as his open session and now interview him for the Productive! Magazine issue #17 (January 2014). If you want to learn what keeps Brian Tracy going, get a peak at his thought process and business success, make sure to check this interview out. It's a little less than 20 minutes and each minute is gem-packed with amazing advice.

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Friday, January 31

✔ Me and Mac. A "love in the air" story

Last week Apple celebrated its 30 year anniversary of the Mac and along with it, many people have been posting their stories of Macs... I particularly liked the MG Siegler's story so I decided to share my own with you today. Unlike most of these guys, up until late 2008 I was a Windows computer and a Nokia Communicator mobile phone user. But it doesn't mean I wasn't fascinated by the Mac...

me and mac

I guess it all started with the first iMacs and iBooks - these colorful ones that Steve Jobs helped conceive when he got back to Apple, but to be honest I started really following Apple when they switched their processors to Intel. My friend Michael Hyatt switched to the Mac and I started following Apple more carefully. I was amused by the "Get A Mac" campaign and kept looking at these new Macbook Pros but to me they were beautiful, but too big. And they had no touch. Back then, in 2006-2008 I was a TabletPC user, first with Toshiba M200 and later with IBM Thinkpad X60T. But then came the envelope:

Monday, January 27

✔ 5 things I love about my work and why it gets me excited every day

It's really hard for me to talk about work these days. We're in the middle of crisis, people get downsized, they're struggling to find jobs... and yet when they talk to me about my work they find me excited, passionate and pumped up. When they say "my day gets so long", I say "my day is too short"... and they can't believe that I really love my work. It's even more than that:

5 things I love about my work and why it gets me excited every day

Steve Jobs in his commencement address at Stanford explained how it was important to find "what you love doing" and if you didn't find it, he urged people listening to him not to give up, not to settle, but keep looking. When I finished my business degree I knew I love computers and the Internet but I still wasn't sure what I'd be doing with my life... so I kept searching, started my company and finally built Nozbe and now not only do I love my work, there are 5 things I love about it:

Thursday, January 23

✔ My Home office 2013 - Productive!Show #62

It's already 2014 so this video is long overdue especially that I'm planing to make some changes to my home office this year but the principles stay the same and I think you'll get a great dose of inspiration from this one. I really like to have my working space neatly done and well organized and I think you can see that in my video. It's basically a sit-down desk for my traditional computer and a stand-up desk for my iPad and little else. Hope you like it!

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Wednesday, January 22

✔ I'm officially a decade-long entrepreneur and loving it!

Silently last month, I had an opportunity to celebrate my 10th anniversary as an entrepreneur. On December 15, 2003 I registered my company "apivision.com" and was officially in business. I was kinda-self employed before, as I was trying to build, hack and sell things while studying at the university, but in 2003 right after my graduation I decided to officially open up my one-man-shop business. In this post I'll share with you a few lessons I learned and why I love every minute of it and why I still believe passion is what matters to me the most.

I'm officially a decade-long entrepreneur and I'm loving it!

As I already posted on my blog, my parents inspired me to start a company. They both are very entrepreneurial and seeing them working on their own in the post-communist Poland and seeing their freedom, ups, downs and everything surrounding entrepreneurship I also wanted to be like them.

I studied business and graduated from business school and also learned to speak several foreign languages - folks like me would start sending out CVs after graduation to the biggest companies they knew... and I decided not to. I opened up my own "Internet company" and as Michael Hyatt likes to put it, "failed my way to a success". Here's what I learned:

Wednesday, January 15

✔ Productive! Magazine on the Android phone, tablet or phablet near you

As I mentioned in my last post one of my team's biggest achievements in 2013 was re-launching Productive! Magazine as an iPhone and iPad app. And our plans were even more ambitious than that. We also wanted to have an Android app and today we're launching your favorite productivity magazine on Android platform

Productive! Magazine on the Android phone, tablet or phablet near you

Visit Productive! Magazine web site and read online on your computer or mobile phone... or get our Android app or iPhone/iPad app - both are free!

As you know I'm a big fan of Apple iGadgets but I also had Android devices in the past and although I don't approve of Google's privacy policies I believe in choice and if one prefers an Android phone or tablet I'll be more than happy to oblige. After all, we've been having Nozbe Android apps for quite some time now.

Productive! Magazine 17 soon!

We'll soon reveal our 17th issue of our magazine so stay tuned and if you want to make sure you'll get it on time, please visit our Productive! Magazine site and get our apps. Thanks to Nozbe's sponsorship I can offer you the inspiration and advice of the best productivity experts on the internet for free :-)

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