187: Camino

Michael talks about what it's like to walk a 260km pilgrimage over a week and a half, why he and his wife did it, how it can be a great experience even for non-religious people, how to pack for it, and why northern Spain is kinda nice.

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186: Courage to be disliked

📚 Discussing The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga. Giving autonomy to live their own lives, neither prasing nor rebuking, and finding happiness in being beneficial to people around us.

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185: Factfulness

The world is bad, but better. The vast majority of westerners believe the world is poorer, more violent, deadly, primitive, and awful than it actually is. This book beautifully illustrates our ignorance, updates your knowledge, and gives you tools for a fact-based worldview.

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184: Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism - A philosophy where you focus your technology use on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that support your values, and happily miss out on everything else.

We discuss Cal Newport's new book on this very topic. Why clutter is costly, optimization is imporatant, and intentionality is satisfying. We explore reclaiming our leisure time.

BREAKING NEWS: Michael pledges to go on a 30 day digital declutter from Twitter and Instagram!

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183: N is 4 Nozbe

Nozbe 4, our brand new app has a brand new icon (and logo). This week, we talk about what's wrong with ticks and circles, what makes a good logo, why we decided to go for it, and how it almost didn't happen.

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179: Punished by rewards

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.

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178: Complaining

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)

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175: 100% Buzz-Free

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.

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174: 12 years

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 💜

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172: It doesn’t have to be crazy at work

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.

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170: Live intentionally

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.

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168: Get bored

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.

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