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 killing the other person's intrinsic motivation, and making them resent us for being controlling.
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 you — but are simply feedback. To say to someone not to bring you problems, but only solutions is to guarantee you'll be oblivious to everything that's broken in a company.
(But yes, some complaints are nothing more than unhelpful snark — learn to distinguish between the two)
We started paying our employees salaries based on a formula that applies to everyone, not based on individual negotiations. Here’s why, and how.
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 Android, time and open limits on Facebook and other apps, blocking websites, old school newsletters, and more.
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 💜
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).
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. Busyness and effectiveness are not the same.
We discuss a book from Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.
The biggest themes, projects, successes, and failures of 2018 in Michael’s and Radek’s lives.
And COOKIES! (And rockets!)
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.
Here’s the end of the year, and our definitive guide to Annual Review.
10 steps to ultimate productivity
The Podcast 30: More research required - how to make year goals
Annual Review series (4 parts).
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.
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 to be intentional?
What if visiting social media once per day for 20 minutes is good and healthy, but 20 times per day for one minute isn't?
A discussion + some coping hacks.
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 the pros and cons of both and their future converging paths.
(Last time we talk about iPads until next WWDC, promise!)
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?
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 time, it takes very little to make a positive impact.
JakOszczedzacPieniadze.pl - polish financial blog
NaprawmyTo.pl - let’s fix it
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.
Follow-up on the joy of minimalist backpack-only packing: wallets, cycling, charing, shaving… and a follow-up on home renovations and tidying up.
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 space to fit everything you need for a trip.
The Podcast episodes recorded on Nozbe Reunions: