Student, artist, writer & tutor
I'm Aleksander (Alex, Alek, Olek), a student based in Kraków, Poland. I am the creator of Produktywny Uczeń, the first website for productive students in Polish. I help individuals & companies work better through a better understanding of their work & future possibilities. I have a blog, where I write about living a balanced life.
I'm always eager to meet & chat with interesting people. If you're ever in Poland, let me know. Or let's connect virtually
Things that I'm currently doing
Is my biggest project yet. It's a community full of useful resources for students of all ages who want to learn in a more mindful and effective way. The Polish version currently consists of a fortnightly podcast, weekly newsletter & semi-regular workshops in Poland. The English version is still a work in progress, but I'm planning to host webinars & write articles there. Hoping to launch it by June 2020. You can find all the relevant links related to this grand project at produ.site.
Is how I work with individuals to help them achieve their best results in school & college. We meet for 60-minute sessions where I provide you with top productivity & focus training and help you understand and develop your strengths. Think of this as tutoring + counseling + productivity training. Click here to learn more.
I'm always looking for more opportunities, I am a fast learner & can adapt to new environments easily. Please contact me if you're interested in the things I do.
Who are you?
First of all, I'm a human being. Ok, got that out of the way.
I was born in Kraków, the second biggest city in Poland on a rainy Tuesday in June. I've lived there ever since.
I think that there are really three words that describe me well: curiosity, quality, and honesty.
These are the values I care about the most in work. I'm a naturally curious person, I read ~40 books a year, listen to many, many podcasts and just love learning new things preferably through experimentation. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, in that I really am only truly satisfied with something when it's completely finished. Also, I think that dishonesty destroys work immediately. Even when things are not as nice as they're supposed to be, everyone needs to know what's actually going on.
What do you want to do in life?
My primary goal is helping others. Giving what I have and listening to people that need it.
Can you help me?
I really want to. Helping others is what I truly love. If you're struggling with productivity/schoolwork/motivation, or are working on a project that I could help with, contact me.
I like you, can we connect?
Why do you never show your face online?
With all the deepfakes, manipulations & privacy issues, sharing your face (arguably the most personal thing you own) doesn't sound like a fun idea to me. Although I am a real human being, and we can connect!
What do you use for work? What are your favorite tools?
What music do you like?
My favorite music artists from the 21st century and my favorite albums. Click on a photo to see their Spotify profile.
Bon Iver (2011)
First Mind (2014)
Sharon Van Etten
Remind Me Tomorrow (2019)
Curious what I'm using to get work done? Simply a geek who likes reading about workflows? You're in the right place.
Home & about me
Click on the logo when one is available to learn more about the tool.
More tools coming soon!
Incredibly simple by design, Standard Notes is an end-to-end encrypted note-taking app and overall productivity powerhouse. It's core version includes unlimited notes & devices, but the real deal is called Extended.
The app is designed with extensions in mind, you can install multiple editors, themes & components.
Other than being fully encrypted, the app is blazingly fast, fully open-source and has a strong community behind it.
It's my "second brain" - a place where I write, keep my todos, plan, track & store almost everything. Thanks to a "No Distraction" theme, Standard is also a fantastic tool for writers.
Raindrop is the ultimate bookmark, research & article reader app. It's "the second part of my second brain" - where I hold everything "external".
When I used Evernote, and later Notion, having both original and external content in one app was very distracting and cluttered my second brain quickly. Now, everything that I create sits in Standard Notes, and everything that someone else created sits in Raindrop. Whenever I need to pull content out of Raindrop into Standard Notes, I open them simply side by side and highlight whatever I need. Having these tools separate is very important for me.
Basecamp is an amazing team collaboration platfrom. I only started using it pretty recently, but I'm loving it so far. Thoughtfully designed, incredibly powerful & free for education. Also, the company as a whole is really awesome. They even published several books about work.
What I'm currently doing
REMOTE: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
Lost Connections by Johann Hari
Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes
Evening Machines by Gregory Alan Isakov
Repave by Volcano Choir
Kraków, Poland & Warsaw, Poland
Empowered but considerate
Inspired by Derek Sivers. Last updated 1 Apr '20