From the Editor

Michael Sliwinski — №6 with Stever Robbins

Welcome to the issue #6 of your favorite productivity magazine. We’re gaining momentum with our publication and we’re hoping to make it a regular one that lands on your computer or iPad at least every two months for the coming year or so. If everything works well, maybe we’ll turn it to a monthly publication. It all depends on you, my great readers and your response to what we have prepared for you.

Meet Stever Robbins

Our featured “star” of this issue is Stever Robbins - the “Get-It-Done Guy” who runs a fantastic weekly podcast on “Working Less and Doing More” - which is one of the top podcasts on productivity on iTunes. It’s funny, short-and-to-the-point and it’s jam-packed with productivity advice and handy tips and tricks. I have been listening to it every week for more than 6 months now so I’m very humbled to be able to interview Stever for this issue of the Productive! Magazine.

Stever has just published a book called “Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More” which I immediately purchased as an audiobook (and luckily Stever himself is reading the book). I “read” it through and can’t recommend enough. It’s a great addition to Getting Things Done with a lot more humor (although David Allen can be funny, too :-) )packed with even more practical tips and tricks that will boost your personal productivity.

Single-tasking is the theme of the issue

Somehow each issue of our magazine has a theme and although we never actively seek a theme beforehand, it amazingly enough emerges from the submissions we receive and this time around it’s all about single-tasking and focus.

As Stever says, it’s all about working less and doing more and single-tasking helps you achieve just that. We’ve got two new takes on single-tasking by two new contributors - Pat Brans and Chris Edgar… and an additional geeky approach by yours truly. To accompany our theme we’ve added articles that also touch on focus and single-tasking by our regular contributors: Leo Babauta, Stever, James Mallinson, Laura Stack and Mike Vardy.

Productive! Magazine on the single-tasking iPad

As you know, starting from issue #5 and together with good folks from Macoscope Company, we started publishing your favorite productivity magazine as a native iPad app. The first reception of the app was really great and we want to make this issue even better on the iPad. The PDF version of the magazine is and will always remain free and each issue on the iPad is just $0.99 to cover the costs of preparation (it’s more than double the work to make the iPad issue, but we believe the reading experience is worth the extra work).

With the iPad app we are aiming to make radical shift in the publishing industry where the traditional big magazines like Wired or Newsweek experiment with their iPad versions and even small and niche magazines like ours can join the same league by offering their readers a perfect reading experience on this great device. Times are changing and we want to be on the bleeding edge of not only technological shift, but an industrial shift as well.

Have a great and productive time

On behalf of the entire team and all the contributors, let me wish you a very productive and inspirational read (on your iPad, computer screen or paper). Hope you’ll enjoy this new issue of your favorite magazine and implement some of the tips and tricks to, as Stever would put it, work less and do more.

Yours productively,
Michael Sliwinski

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Michael sliwinski

Michael Sliwinski

Michael Sliwinski is the editor of Productive! Magazine, the founder of Nozbe (a time and project management application for busy professionals), and a best-selling author of the #iPadOnly book.

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