Consistently complete work that matters.

Are you achieving your goals? Are you realizing your dreams? Are you making progress, moving forward?

You have so many projects that demand your attention and people who deserve your attention. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and to get stuck.

And it’s why I made this course: Big-Picture Productivity.

Imagine this

You’re super clear on what your goals are. You’ve translated your goals into actionable projects. You’ve decided which projects to work on in the coming months. And you know what your “next actions” are.

In short, you’re focused and you feel in control.

In this course, you will learn a system for achieving your goals. It goes from the big picture—what truly matters to you—all the way down to which tasks you’ll work on today.

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Ranjana TN, writer
“After taking Peter’s course, I realised that I had far more control over my own goals and schedule than I thought. I learned how to translate my goals into actionable tasks. And the worksheets are a gold mine!”

You get instant and forever access

Big-Picture Productivity is an online, self-paced video course. I also continually improve it. As a student, you’ll get access to course updates for free.

The course is full of videos, workbooks, and exercises. Because:

Theory + action = results.

You can engage with other students in the Big-Picture Productivity community, a discussion forum. And of course, you can email me, your instructor, for support.

Speaking of myself…

Your instructor

Hi, I’m Peter Akkies.

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post on how I used my task manager. That post blew up. So I decided to teach productivity in a more structured way. Today, I’ve taught over 900 happy students.

I’m also into bouldering, scuba diving, F1, the Philadelphia Eagles, and veganism.

Course overview

Module 1

  • Uncovering your habits
  • Creating space
  • Spending your time and energy deliberately
  • Limiting distractions
  • Being honest with yourself

Module 2

  • Ranking your values
  • Organizing your roles & commitments
  • Clarifying and tracking your goals
  • Turning your goals into actionable projects
  • Planning your quarter

Module 3

  • Managing your tasks
  • Organizing your projects
  • Planning your week and day
  • Deciding what to work on next
  • The weekly review

Module 4

  • Practicing the skill of focus
  • Working out your brain with “Focus Curls”
  • How to say “no”
  • Handling overwhelm
  • Beating procrastination and developing a bias towards action

Module 5

  • Handling setbacks
  • Not beating yourself up
  • Two productivity superpowers
  • Keeping an eye on the Big Picture
  • Developing patience
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Joel Clermont, software developer
“At first, I worried I wouldn’t make time to actually complete the course. But I really enjoyed the tangible exercises. Having a system to start with had a much bigger impact than having to figure everything out for myself. I got a huge return on my investment.”

This course is for you if:

  • You have trouble consistently meeting your goals.
  • You have many plans but don’t follow through.
  • You feel overwhelmed.
  • You want to focus on what really matters to you.
  • You feel distracted.
  • You want to take action!

This course is not for you if:

  • You’re looking for a magic solution that requires zero effort.
  • You’ve got it all figured out already.
  • You’d rather figure everything out yourself, from scratch. (You can, but it’ll take you much longer.)

Bonus: join the community

When you enroll in the course, you also get access to the Big-Picture Productivity community. The community comes in the shape of discussion forums and is a fun place to be!

In the community, you can:

Table of contents


  • Meet Your Instructor
  • Practicalities
  • Intake Survey

Module 1: Foundations


  • What is Big-Picture Productivity? (free preview)
  • Investigating Your Habits
  • Creating Space #1: Limiting Inputs
  • Creating Space #2: The Brain Dump
  • Creating Space #3: Making Time for this Course
  • Being Honest With Yourself
  • Uncovering Your Habits


  • 1.1: Experience Sampling
  • 1.2: Brain Dump
  • 1.3: Being Honest With Yourself
  • 1.4: Uncovering Your Habits

Module 2: Strategy


  • Creating a Strategy
  • Strategic Planning #1: Values
  • Strategic Planning #2: Roles & Commitments
  • Strategic Planning #3: Goals
  • Keeping Track of Your Goals with Notion
  • Strategic Planning #4: Actionable Projects (free preview)
  • Adding Your Actionable Projects to Notion
  • Setting up Quarters in Notion
  • Strategic Planning #5: Quarterly Planning
  • Planning Your Quarter in Notion


Module 3: Tactics

  • Choosing the Right Task Manager for You
  • Setting Up Roles in Your Task Manager
  • Organizing Your Key Projects
  • Organizing Your Other Projects & Tasks
  • Planning Your Week
  • Planning Your Day
  • How to Choose What to Work on Next
  • The Weekly Review
  • Workflow summary (PDF)
  • Scheduling Quarterly Planning and the Weekly Review
  • Organizing Things That Aren’t Tasks
  • Having a Sane Relationship with Email
  • More Resources on Task Management

Module 4: Staying Focused


  • The Different Types of Focus We’ll Tackle
  • Introducing: Focus Curls
  • 10-Minute Focus Curls (audio)
  • What If You Feel Overwhelmed Right Now?
  • “Put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others.”
  • Understanding Your Procrastination
  • Developing a Bias Towards Action
  • Spending Your Time and Energy Deliberately


  • 4.1: Evaluating Potential Commitments
  • 4.2: Good Enough vs. Perfect (free preview)
  • 4.3: How Have You Been Spending Your Time and Energy?

Module 5: Long-Term Success


  • The Purpose of this Module
  • Your First Productivity Superpower
  • Your Second Productivity Superpower
  • The Value of Looking Back
  • Handling “Failure”
  • Beware of Productivity for the Sake of Productivity
  • Let It Integrate


  • 5.1: What Have You Accomplished Recently?
  • 5.2: Your Brain as a Computer

Final Steps

  • Congratulations
  • Before You Go
  • What’s Next

Live Session Recordings

I ran live coaching sessions with the first group of students who enrolled in the course. The recordings of these sessions are available to you. They include time stamps, so you can watch only the bits that are helpful to you.

  • Introduction to the Live Sessions
  • May 24, 2020 Live Session Recording
  • May 30, 2020 Live Session Recording
  • June 6, 2020 Live Session Recording
  • June 13, 2020 Live Session Recording
  • June 20, 2020 Live Session Recording
Susan Mullen
“I’ve only completed 29% of the course so far, but I have already seen internal changes in my thinking and confidence. Clarifying goals is sooo helpful.”

Frequently asked questions

What support can I get? What if I have questions?

The best place to get support is on the Big-Picture Productivity community. Access to the community is included when you enroll in the course! Alternatively, you can leave a comment on the relevant lesson or email me at

How much time does the course take to complete?

This is an in-depth course, with video lessons as well as exercises and workbooks. If you spend a couple of hours a week on the course, it might take you five weeks.

That said, you get lifetime access to the course, so you can go at the speed that works for you.

How long will I have access to the course?

There’s no limit! The course is always up, so you can access it now and refer back to it whenever you like. You also get access to course updates and new lessons.

Do I need to own specific devices or use specific apps?


You can follow this course whether you use a Mac or a PC; whether your main computer is your iPad or your Dell; and whether you like to use the fanciest task manager or the simplest pen-and-paper to-do list.

Do I need to have taken any of your other courses?

No, you don’t need to have taken any of my other courses.

If you have already taken one of my other courses, you’ll find that the module on task management in this course offers a bigger picture and that parts of that module will serve as a nice refresher.

Do you offer a payment plan?

I do not offer a payment plan. I love to support my students, but I don’t want to establish a credit-debtor relationship with you.

What’s your refund policy?

I do not offer refunds.

All my courses, including Big-Picture Productivity, come with a strict no refunds policy.

I want you to have “skin in the game”. Please enroll because you are committed to applying the lessons to create real, positive changes in your life. I want you to get the best results—and you’ll get the best results if you enroll with a genuine commitment.

To buy this course without a money-back guarantee, you must trust yourself to follow through and trust me. If you’re not sure, or if you need a money-back guarantee to be convinced, then I suggest you enjoy my free material on and on YouTube.

Note that when you enroll, you can repeat this course as often as you like, for years to come. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to extract abundant value from your investment.

So, are you in?

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David Glinski
“I’m 50% through the course and already seeing significant and sustainable results. I enjoy Peter’s pragmatic no BS approach.”

Why not ask your company to pay?

If you work for a company, you might be able to use the company’s training budget to pay the course. I’ve prepared a handy proposal template (docx) for you.