Thursday, March 20

How to make your ideas happen with Scott Belsky in Productive! Magazine No. 18

I proudly present you the 18th issue of your favorite productivity-boosting magazine:

Productive Magazine 18

Read it on your:

...or simply read it on-line.

This issue's motto is:

(...)productivity isn’t some kind of chore or a means to an end, it’s a beautiful learning experience in and of itself. (Graham Allcott, "Extreme Productivity: 10 key lessons from a human lab rat".)

Scott Belsky on overcoming difficulties and obstacles

I met Scott (as well as Brian Tracy, who was featured in the previous issue of Productive! Magazine) at a conference in Finland. He is a great business leader, investor, and the author of the bestselling book Making Ideas Happen. Check out our interview as we talk about techniques that help inspire and motivate a team and about methods to overcome the resistance set up by bureaucracy, routine, and lack of motivation. You will also get to know what Scott thinks of e-mailing and company meetings.

Great articles

As always, our fantastic contributors prepared a whole set of articles for you. Susan Brennann, Tracy Parks, and Goncalo Gil Mata explore the techniques and good practices that will help you improve the way you work and manage your daily activities. James Tonn writes about weighing the pros and cons of caffeine on productivity, and Graham Allcott tells about the "extreme productivity experiments" he did last year. Laura Stack and {Augusto Pinaud](http://productivemag.com/18/the-costs-of-competence) shed some light on the way people want to do more stuff in less time and the consequences of this over-productivity trend.

How to charge your productivity batteries

We want to make Productive! Magazine maximally accessible source of inspiration and information. As for now you can read it on your PC, iPad, iPhone and mobile devices with Android.

Read it on your:

...or simply read it on-line.

As always, your favorite productivity magazine is sponsored by Nozbe - your favorite time and project management/collaboration tool for the Web, Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad and Android.

Wednesday, March 5

Advanced Nozbe tip: how to email a comment to a task

As you all know our main tool in work is Nozbe. We use it to plan our blog posts, to track features requested by our users, to develop new versions of our app, to provide customer support, and the list goes on and on...

Because we still live in email...

... we need a way to add tasks to Nozbe with email. We introduced it a while ago and a few years ago improved it: you can forward one email to Nozbe and it converts the subject line to a task name and adds email body to the task as a comment. You can also send several tasks to Nozbe with one email message. Here's the screencast and tutorial.

But let's go one step more...

In our company we track issues reported by customers in Nozbe and you provide us with feedback mainly via email, we started being tired of copying the email body and pasting it as a comment to Nozbe.

We needed to be able to send comments to already existing tasks via email.

We built this feature a while ago mainly for ourselves. As you were sending us more information about your most requested Nozbe features we kept forwarding these emails to Nozbe to their appropriate tasks in our "Features requested" project. Now we want to share with you how to do that - hopefully you'll find it useful as well.

How to email a comment to an existing task?

Here's my quick example that best illustrates how it works. Let say I have a project Michael's birthday party and one of my tasks there is to: Research gift ideas for him:

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I already have some ideas stored in Evernote and attached to this task, but I want to go on with the research and add more options. As you may know Michael, our CEO, loves running and I found an awesome book about that. It could be very good gift. I should definitely add it to my task. To do so I need to share above web page via email with my personalized nickname.PIN@nozbe.me email address (you'll find it in the Settings of your Nozbe app).

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Until this moment the procedure is the same as sending a task via email. However now comes a twist.

I need to add an additional parameter to the subject line: #task: TASK NAME

You can see how I'm adding #task: Research gift ideas to my email subject line:

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Two things to remember:

  • this parameter can be added instead of subject line or at the end of it. In the latter case the rest of subject line will go to the beginning of the comment
  • another thing is that you don't have to put the entire name of the task like I did: "Research gift ideas". It is enough to write Resea or gift or idea. You only have to be careful that the name you put matches only that one desired task. If it matches other tasks the comment will go randomly to one of them.

And here's the result:

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Here you can watch the whole process on screencast I recorded for you:

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Please note this feature is an experiment and we would like to hear some feedback from you. Maybe you have some ideas how to implement it better? It works for us - hopefully it'll work for you, too. Thanks for getting your things done with Nozbe!

Rafal (Nozbe Product Manager)

Tuesday, February 25

Get your week in motion. Tuesday is not too late. Ask fellow Nozbe users :-)

If you feel overwhelmed and distracted at your work, or maybe as we do, you work from home... and you lack motivation... If you run out of ideas on how to be more productive, you need inspiration, or you just feel you are drowning in emails. Don fret, we are here to help you change your habits, improve productivity and get your things done!

Nozbe offers greart apps, 10-step course, and Productivity! Magazine

Take your to do list digital and sync it across all your favorite platforms and devices, connect Nozbe to Evernote, Drobox or synchronize it with your Google Calendar. Join the community of our happy Nozbe users!

Very impressed with Nozbe so far. Very easy to use and is already getting my projects organized and on track. - Pchanner

My favorite todo app Nozbe releases a version for Linux! Not my platform, but love they are serving all. - Stephen

I love Nozbe! An awesome app for to do lists and getting things done! Syncs across all of my devices. - Daniel

Liking the Google Calendar sync feature in the latest version of Nozbe. Useful and not intrusive. - Robert

We are passionate about productivity in general. With Nozbe you get all the help you need to bring your life under control. Go through our 10-step course (available in English, Spanish, German, Polish and Japanese). Learn to manage your goals, projects, commitments, emails... and have a happy and fulfilled life!

Read our montlhly Productive! Magazine to get inspiration you need and enjoy practical and timeless articles written by the best productivity experts on the Internet.

... and make this week count!

Have a great and productive rest of the week!

Saturday, February 22

New Nozbe Help Page (Beta & Work in progress)

While we're trying to build your favorite time and project management app in a way, that most things are self-explanatory... even Nozbe needs a good documentation. Until now, we pushed for fast iterations, new features... and great customer support. However, we still need great documentation and that is why our Customer Support Department decided to start building:

New Nozbe Help Page

Nozbe Help Page

For the past 2 months our fantastic girls from Customer Support Department took great effort to create its content. However it is not completed yet, we wanted to share with you our work and hear your feedback.

Over there you'll be able to find answers for most of the questions received by our Customer Support every day. It consists of detailed descriptions (with images) and tips how to use the main features in Nozbe (Inbox, Projects, Contexts, etc.).

We hope this documentation adds value to many of you and most of all, it will help you simply get more done with Nozbe. We encourage you to test "live Search" field on the top of the Help Page to find the answers to your questions.

This is still a beta version and is only available in English for now... but we'll translate it to all the other languages pretty soon. Thanks and have a great weekend!

Visit Nozbe Help Page (beta)

... and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Thursday, February 20

Get inspired: Productive! Magazine #17 with Brian Tracy plus 2 additional magazines

I think, by now, you know that productivity is my life and passion. That's why I wake up every day with a smile to work on Nozbe - a tool you're using every day to get your things done.

A great tool is not enough - we all need inspiration!

This is why, a little more than 5 years ago, I launched the free Productive! Magazine. To give you advice and support from the best productivity thinkers on the Internet - to help you create your ideal day, workflow and lifestyle.

Today, I'll share with you the info on: our latest issue, international expansion to Poland and Japan... and our newest Android app. Here it goes:

Cover of issue 17 on all devices

Productive! Magazine #17 with Brian Tracy

Last year, we decided to take our magazine from a semi-regular to a regular publication. That's why I'm proud to present you issue #17 with Brian Tracy - world's most recognized success, productivity and sales expert - where I had a privilege to talk to Brian in person about productivity, success and passion. On top of that, we've got 8 great articles with advice for productive parents, travelers and busy professionals.

As always, the magazine is completely free for you to enjoy and share with your friends and co-workers. Now, there are 3 ways to read our magazine:

  1. Read on the web (works great on both desktop and mobile Internet browsers)
  2. Get our free iPhone / iPad app (shows up in your iOS Newsstand)
  3. New! Get our Android phone / tablet app (you asked, we've got it for you)

While you're reading issue #17 with Brian Tracy, please make sure to share it with your friends... and watch out for the March issue #18 with Scott Belsky - the author of the best-selling book: "Making Ideas Happen".

Productive! Magazine is going international - Poland and Japan are first

We're expanding our Productive! Magazine franchise to different countries... and these are NOT translations of the main Productive! Magazine. Just have a look:

Productive! Magazine Japan #1 with Kurazono Keizo-san - where I'm interviewing a famous musician, productivity expert and the author of the only book about Nozbe - Kurazono Keizo-san + great articles from Japanese productivity bloggers - published entirely in Japanese.

Cover of issue 17 on all devices

Productive! Magazine Polska #1 with Krzysztof Wysocki - where I'm interviewing Polish biggest GTD-proponent + great articles from Polish productivity experts - published in Polish language.

Cover of issue 17 on all devices

We're just getting started! Next up: Productive! Magazine in Spanish and Dutch... and we're looking to expand even more later this year: to Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Korea and China. We want everyone to be productive this year!

Want to convert your blog to a magazine on the iPhone, iPad and Android?

We've built our own magazine-app platform to be able to publish our Productive! Magazine. Now, we're considering opening it up to other types of magazines. Ideally, if you have a popular blog, and always wanted to expand and publish your own magazine app, but you were put away by the cost and complexity of such a solution, sign up for our mailing list and let us know.

Let's get things done this year!

This is how I'm going to fulfill my mission of helping you be even more productive this year:

Thanks for being a fantastic Nozbe user!