- Blog: Internet Business Productivity
- Project Management GTD Application: Nozbe
- Productivity Magazine: Productive Magazine
I was pleased to talk with Michael “Nozbe” Sliwinski of Nozbe.com.
Michael is a dad, blogger, an entrepreneur, a productivity tool developer and an editor.
He shares his views of tools and systems in this cool interview I did with him.
- Video length: 32:06
- Tell me a little bit about yourself and where are you coming from? (00:48)
- Is it necessary for an entrepreneur to use productivity tools to keep him/herself productive – or can he/she manage his/her day without them? (01:59)
- What set of tools would you recommend for an online entrepreneur? What are your favorite ones? (05:19)
- There are plenty of time management tools out there. Do you think that there are certain features that one should look for in a productivity application – when choosing one for everyday use? (09:20)
- Do you think that time managment systems are incomplete without proper tools? Do tools complement systems or can the systems exist on their own? (16:12)
- Your time management application is based on Getting Things Done (GTD)? Why did you originally choose GTD as your system and not some other system instead? (21:16)
- What are some practical uses for a tablet (say iPad)? Can it replace your laptop? Also, tell us about your “iPad only” experiment. (25:27)
- Treat your brain as a place for creative thinking and store the information somewhere else
- An iPad (or tablet in general) is beneficial for an online entrepreneur
- Online entrepreneur toolbox – the setup Michael is using:
- iCloud for syncronizing
- Dropbox for data storage
- EverNote for taking notes
- Nozbe for project management
- Gmail/Google Docs for e-mail and collaboration
- Kindle for reading your PDFs
- Selection criteria for time management tools:
- Test drive for the first couple of weeks
- Find out if the workflow in that app suits you – find a tool that supports your flow!
- Keep using the tool long enough – don’t jump around from one tool to another!
- Your tool should be selected based on the way you work; for e.g is it able to sync with devices or tools you already use, how does the collaboration work …
- You don’t always need a time management system – you can even use an inbox to process all your documents through
- Book recommendation: The Now Habit (aff link)
- GTD is very straightforward system (Main concept: work happens in projects, contexts and in next actions)
- iPads let you to work in a very focused way – one application open at a time
- iPads are very portable – easy to take it with you and work where you want