Aleksander Antoszek

Student, artist, writer & tutor

Hi!
I'm Aleksander (Alex, Alek, Olek), a student from Kraków, Poland.
I love asking questions and helping others. I'm interested in art, philosophy, psychology, urban planning, productivity & effective education.
Above you'll find a few quick links to my top pages & projects.
Below you'll find my current projects, ideas and more about me.

Let's chat. If you're ever in Poland, let me know. Or let's connect virtually


Projects

Tutoring

is the way I realize my ultimate life goal of helping people. If you're a student of any age, and you want to move the needle, let's talk.

antoszek.blog

is my personal blog, where I try to write something thoughful every single week. I do often fail at that though.

The Productive Student

is an online community for students who want to improve their productivity, master deep work & manage their school-life balance.

Codzienne Myśli (Daily Thoughts)

is my daily blog in Polish.

In Search For Balance

is my personal, weekly newsletter. In it, I share thoughts, observations & stories from my quest of finding The Balance.


About

I figured that doing this section in the form of questions and answers is the best, here they are:

Who are you?

First of all, I'm a human being. Right?
I was born in Kraków, the second biggest city in Poland on a rainy Tuesday in June. I've lived there ever since.

I'm a human version of Google Maps. I know all the countries. And their capitals.
Flags learning in progress. I love sharing completely useless, but fun geographical facts.

I'm an artist. Mainly a photographer. I used to share all my work on Instagram, now keeping it mostly for myself & friends (contact me if you're interested!).

Oh, and did I mention that I love productivity? I'm very invested in becoming a better learner and teacher. I've been a Montessori student my whole life, so effective/alternative education is my vibe.

There are many other things I am. It's hard to summarize everything into this tiny website.

What do you want to do in life?

Help others. Give what I have and listen.

Can you help me?

I 100% want to. 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?

Yes!

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!

Tools

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.

Core

Standard Notes

Todoist

Raindrop

PomoDone

More tools coming soon!

Standard Notes

Go check it out here

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, journal, plan, track & store almost everything. Thanks to a "No Distraction" theme, Standard is also a fantastic tool for writers.

Go check it out here

Todoist

Go check it out here

I've been using Todoist for the past two years, and it has changed the way I work the most.
Simple yet very functional, available on all platforms, integrates with many great apps.
While currently it's lacking a true Windows app, it's still a very good tool. Yes, there are other apps out there that have many more features than Todoist, but Todoist is not about features, it's about making you more productive.
An app that is so cluttered with features that you might spend more time configuring and setting up everthing than actually using the app is the unproductivity app.
Todoist integrates with plenty of different apps, such as PomoDone or Kanbanist making it a true hub-for-all-your-tasks.

Go check it out here

Raindrop

Go check it out here

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 app 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.

Go check it out here

PomoDone

Go check it out here

PomoDone is my Pomodoro & time-tracking app of choice. It syncs nicely with your task manager of choice, timers sync across different devices, and it's Chrome extensions blocks out distracting websites while you're working. Oh, and it's free for students.
It's overall design is a little bit "rough", but the functionality is there.

Go check it out here

Now

READING

Four Continents To Freedom : A Biography Of Millie Rytel by Sandra Lundin

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Man In Search Of Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Free To Focus by Michael Hyatt

LISTENING

i,i by Bon Iver

Wake Up Now by Nick Mulvey

I Am Easy To Find by The National

PODCASTS

Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell

How To! with Charles Duhigg

The TED Interview with Chris Anderson

WRITING

Daily blog in Polish

Somewhat weekly blog in English

Weekly newsletter in English

HANGING AROUND

Kraków, Poland metropolitan area

FEELING

Motivated as hell

Inspired by Derek Sivers. Last updated 25 Aug '19.