Friday, December 20, 2013
Everyone's day equals 24 hours, that's an undeniable fact, very often we are so crazy busy that we can't even find enough time to rest (sounds familiar?). In one of my interviews Jason Womack) puts it this way:
"I remembered it really started going downhill when I started training myself to sleep 4 hours a night. I knew something had to change because it wasn't sustainable."
Don't try to train yourself in sleeping less. Find out how others can help you out and do fantastic things together!
It's impossible to do everything by yourself, remember - highly successful people in the world such as Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and many others... don't rely only on themselves. It's not that you should hire hoards of people, but get into habit of delegating tasks to others, work collaboratively, and enjoy the benefits of a job done in a group.
Invite team members to your projects. Here's how you can do it
- When you click on one of your projects, you'll see there is a "people in project" icon on the bar below your tasks.
- Here you can see those who share the project with you
- You can invite them by either choosing their name from the list, or you can invite someone by typing their email address
- Nozbe will send the invitation on your behalf
- Once they have been invited, you can see the status of your invitation (invited/accepted)
It's amazing how efficiently you can work and communicate with your team in Nozbe. You've got your "common space" to work on things. Away from email and other distractions. You can comment with your Evenote notes or Dropbox files if you need to. You can add URL address, youtube video, short checklist, basically anything you want.
If you want to find out more about collaboration, go to the fifth step of the 10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity Course
Friday, December 13, 2013
To put it simply, a project requires more than one step to be completed. Projects can vary from e.g.: "Birthday for my brother" to "Presentation for a meeting". In this case my projects require organizing a birthday party for my brother, and prepare slides and speech for the presentation.
The too-big-task trap
It’s easy to fall into the trap of adding a project as one task... and as a result the task grows in our eyes and becomes almost insurmountable. That's why if something requires more steps, make it a project and divide it into small, actionable steps. In Nozbe that's easy. Even if you've created one task that in fact needs more steps to be accomplished, you can easily convert it into a project.
Converting tasks into projects
- click on the task you want to convert into a project
- open the details by clicking on the project's name in the task view
- scroll down and tick "convert this task to a project"
- if you have comments in the task they will be attached to the project you've just created
- it's that easy :-)
What else can you do with your projects?
As your project list grows you may want to group some projects together. To each project you can assign a label. We think labels are more useful than creating sub-projects, and sub- sub-projects. Thanks to labels you can filter out your projects and decide how many of them you want to see at once.
Michael's note: Let me give you an example - I currently have 59 active projects in Nozbe, grouped in 7 labels and some projects have 2 labels assigned to them. I have a special "just-do-it" label which I attach to the most urgent projects at the moment.
Apart from labels you can set and change colors of your projects to make them stand out from your project list :-)
You can attach to tasks all of the reference materials you collected. You can simply comment on a task with a file, image, Youtube video, Evernote note, Dropbox file, basically whatever you want.
And how do you manage your projects in Nozbe?
So here it is. Quick tips on how you can manage your projects in Nozbe. Convert tasks into projects, group them with labels, change their colors and collect your relevant reference material. Knowing this, you'll become a master Project manager. Good luck!
In the comments below let us know how you manage your projects and share your experiences with your fellow Nozbe users! Thanks! Let's discuss this!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wow, the Thanksgiving weekend behind us and we're getting ready for Christmas time... and all this time we've been hearing so many kind words from our best customers ever... and in this short post I'd like to share some of the comments you've been sending our way.
The thing is, even almost 7 years into this, nothing makes us more motivated throughout the day than hearing our users are happy and get their things done with Nozbe!
This is how Nozbe helps regain our users work and life balance. Here are just a few quotes:
If you struggle getting things done and constantly feel like you’re busy, the answer may be to manage your time more effectively. Here’s an App I discovered a few months back that has made me ten times more productive. It’s called Nozbe. - Andy
I have so much going on and Nozbe is helping me get it all done. - Travis
I've become even more productive since I started using Nozbe and Evernote. - Brad
Nozbe is the perfect companion to high productivity individuals and anyone looking to implement GTD. It is a must have for leaders and a leadership tool I use daily. - Jason
Thanks so much guys! If you'd like to make our day and motivate us even more to bring you an even better Nozbe app, make sure to rate us on the iPhone/iPad App Store or the Mac App Store or send us a friendly tweet on Twitter. Thanks!
OK, check out a few more:
Thank You for continuously being helpful and for making such a great #app! #LOVE #Nozbe!!! :-D - Ginger
Thanks. Your app is still the best of the bunch. - Adam
I finally found what works for me and will be supporting your product. Please continue the development. Thanks - Lex
Just a quick note to say I really love Nozbe , it is helping me to stay organised and to really get things done! - Justin
Thank you guys! We are flattered! :-)
Don't forget about your monthly dose of motivation - the 15th issue of the Productive! Magazine is out there with lots of great articles. Check out the interview with Mårten Mickos, the former CEO of MySQL AB, the biggest teleworking company in the world. He is our guru and inspiration in terms of virtual team management.
The Productive! Magazine is totally free and available
- at ProductiveMag.com – if you use a PC or Android/Windows mobile device, or
- the Appstore– if you have an iPhone or iPad.
Enjoy the read and stay tuned for more Nozbe news - thanks to your positive energy we're working like crazy right now :-)
Thursday, November 28, 2013
As you probably noticed, Nozbe on iOS7 went through some visual changes. We decided to refresh Nozbe looks, add a bit of lightness, clarity and refresh the Nozbe icon. In the near future we plan to redefine the colors of our app slightly. We are not saying here about drastic changes, but we want Nozbe to be modern not only technologically, but also visually attractive. Just take a look...
What's more, we introduced other changes in order to match the style of iOS 7. You can see we gave up on heavy gradients for rather solid colors. What's more, previously black status bar now received the color of our application. It gives the impression of much lighter interface from the one you used to see on iOS 6.
We liked the new, more open approach towards the elements of user interface. However, bearing in mind we support many platforms, we want our users to have great experience no matter what system they use. Although we used some of the design language of iOS7 our app looks the same across all the platforms and devices.
As always, we want Nozbe to be simpler, but at the same time functional and, most importantly, unified. Our aim is to give you the impression of working on the same app all the time. This has been the new direction we are taking right now. You’ll have the same great experience of getting your things done across your favorite systems and devices. You won’t even notice you switch from desktop (whether it’s Mac or PC) to the mobile app.
We'll take it to the next level with Nozbe 2.0
This is just the first step. We're currently working on a new Nozbe 2.0 application - more responsive, more unified, faster and sleeker all around - and it will take our new design language to an even higher level. Nozbe 2.0 comes in Spring of 2014 to a device near you :-)
Hope this post gives you more insights to the way we work. Our designer Radek is pouring his heart and soul into this and sweating the details. We think the results are already astonishing and we keep improving! More details soon…
Saturday, November 23, 2013
In our Nozbe team we don't want to limit ourselves to any platform and we are open to many operating systems available on the market. Some of us use Windows, some are on Macs while others prefer Linux. That's why we came up with the idea to prepare Nozbe for this system. Check out one of our engineer's short story how it all began...
Things are discovered by accidents :-)
Recently a lot of people have asked for Nozbe app on Linux. I was just testing the new version which supposed to help us prepare the app for Windows when I found there was an option that allowed me to generate the app for Linux as well. I gave it a try. It turned out Nozbe worked on Ubuntu right away! I was very happy and investigated it more, checked if everything worked fine, called Rafał our product manager, and ...
... my initial optimism faded very fast when I faced two major technical problems. But all in all, together with Staszek we broke through the obstacles, prepared Nozbe beta version, and that's how we were able to roll out the test version for Linux along with Nozbe 1.8.5 for Windows and OSX :-)
I have to say, now I use only native Nozbe app on my Linux and it works great! There is no difference between Nozbe on Linux and other systems. I took care of everything in order to create a stable app, similar to our native apps on Windows and Mac.
Linux is in beta version for the time being, but we plan to launch it on a regular basis. We hope you like the idea :-)
Since this is a test version if you spot any inconvenience, we will be glad to fix it. With your help Nozbe on Linux will get better and better!