Clarify your goals and achieve them.

Does this sound familiar?

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You’re great at setting goals… but not so great at achieving them.
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You have big plans… but you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
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You spend a lot of time on email… but not enough time on what really matters.

When we talk about productivity, you might think of to-do lists, your calendar, and apps to help you focus. But life isn’t about how many tasks you complete.

It’s about whether you’re happy. Whether you’re living a life in line with your values. Whether you’re reaching the goals that you’ve set for yourself.

But we all have so many things going on. So many projects and people who want our attention. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and to get stuck.

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

Imagine this:

You know what you want. You’ve clarified your goals. You’ve identified actionable projects to meet those goals. You’ve scheduled those projects. You know what to work on next. And you know how to avoid distractions and how to keep going.

In short, you have a plan—and you’re sticking to it.

How can you get there? By following this course, in which I will take you, step by step, from where you are now to where you want to be. The course is actionable, is laid out in a sequence where we build on what we did previously, and will teach you a periodic process to stay on track.

You’ll learn how to keep sight of the Big Picture in everything you do, so that you can focus on what matters.

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“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!”
Ranjana TN, writer

5 modules. Dozens of lessons and worksheets.

Video lessons, worksheets, and exercises. Theory + action = results.

Module 1: Foundations

  • Investigating your habits
  • Spending your time and energy deliberately
  • Limiting distractions
  • Creating space

Module 2: Strategy

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

Module 3: Tactics

  • Managing your tasks
  • Organizing your projects
  • Planning your week
  • Deciding what to work on next
  • Having a sane relationship with email

Module 4: Staying Focused

  • Trusting your system
  • How to say “no”
  • Handling procrastination
  • Working out your brain with “Focus Curls”
  • Developing a bias towards action

Module 5: Long-Term Success

  • Handling setbacks
  • Fighting the fear of failure
  • How hard should you try?
  • Appreciating your progress
  • Having fun
“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.”
Joel Clermont, software developer

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 wish you could focus on what really matters to you.
  • You feel distracted or all over the place.

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.)
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Table of contents


  • Meet Your Instructor
  • Practicalities
  • Intake Survey

Module 1: Foundations


  • What is Big-Picture Productivity?
  • 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
  • Adding Your Actionable Projects to Notion
  • Setting up Quarters in Notion
  • Strategic Planning #5: Quarterly Planning
  • Planning Your Quarter in Notion


  • 2.1: What do you value?
  • 2.2: Roles & Commitments
  • 2.3: Clarifying Your Goals
  • 2.4: Defining Actionable Projects

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
  • 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

  • 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

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 700 happy students. I’ve also been featured on popular websites such as The Sweet Setup and the YouTube channel Keep Productive.

I’m also into bouldering, scuba diving, Formula 1, the Philadelphia Eagles, veganism, and escape rooms.

“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.”
Susan Mullen

Frequently asked questions

How much time does the course take to complete?

This is an in-depth course, with video lessons as well as exercises and workbooks. Only watching the videos will take a few hours. If you do all the exercises and workbooks thoroughly, expect a few dozen hours.

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’d like. You’ll 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.

(If you do own a Dell though… walk into an Apple Store and check out the Macs sometime.)

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.

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 here 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?

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

If you get stuck or want to run something by me, just email me at

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