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 the most about the world. And certainly not to teach people curiosity, independence, entrepreneurship — traits that are becoming increasingly more crucial in the new era.
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 We both agree, though, that the way schooling is done is deeply flawed, outdated, and ineffective at teaching.
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.
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.
Discussing simplicity, Steve Jobs, communication styles, empathy, and other thoughts from the book "Insanely Simple".
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 wisdom to be discovered.
Michael and Radek share their journey with productivity and explain why they got interested in it in the first place.
- The Podcast 85: Magic Spreadsheet
- Productive! Magazine
- The Podcast - Table of Contents
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (audible)
- First Things First (audible)
- Getting Things Done (audible)
- The Podcast 33: Monkey brain optimization
- Nozbe tutorial
- Why We Get Fat (audible)
- Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (audible)
- zen habits - Leo Babauta blog
A random, rambly discussion about a rambly book on randomness.
Live from the twice-a-year Nozbe Reunion in Toruń!
- The Podcast 70 — Live from Fall 2016 Reunion
- The Podcast 39 — Live from Spring 2016 Reunion
- The Podcast 16 — Live from Fall 2015 Reunion
- The Podcast YouTube channel
- Tadam (Radek's Pomodoro app)
- Marie Kondo folding shirts
- Marie Kondo books
- Dominik Juszczyk blog
- TGIF policy
- What We’ve Learned About Weekly Review And TGIF After 8 Weeks
- Nozbe Reunion playlist
- Nozbe Stories
- Norton Commander Stories
- Michael got trolled
- 10 Practical Tips to Ultimate Productivity - Webinar signup link
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.
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 work/life balance.
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 unpacking the most important ones we've learned from the book Sleep Smarter.
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.
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 years. Michael just started recently.
This week, we're discussing how we're doing it, and why.
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.
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (audible)
- The 4 Disciplines of Execution (audible)
- So Good They Can't Ignore You (audible)
- Deep Work (audible)
- Peak (audible)
- Originals (audible)
- How to fly a horse (audible)
- Ego is the enemy (audible)
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (audible)
- A Guide to the Good Life (audible)
- Sleep Smarter (audible)
- Why We Get Fat (audible)
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 you can hold yourself accountable to. A plan you review every week.
- Getting New Years Resolutions Done
- Michael's 2016 Review
- About the morning routine:
- About planning a year (in Polish):
- 6 training plans for 10k run via nozbe.HOW
Real world examples of how we applied ideas from "Peak" in our lives to learn faster and better.
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 fact, this book inspired both of us enough that we're incorporating its ideas into our plans for 2017.
- Forget about talent. Skills develop through practice.
- … a lot of practice (thousands of hours for expertise in most fields)
- Focus on one small sub-skill at a time, not all of it
- Create a tight feedback loop and iterate on those sub-skills
- Stay just beyond your current limit of ability
- Build mental models!
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.