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Peter Akkies

Productivity Teacher

Hi, I’m Peter from Amsterdam. I’ll help you get organized and be more productive. Every Sunday, I send a productivity-themed newsletter to 9,000 people. Join us!

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Pre-order now: Productivity 101 (new course)

Hey there! I’ve been working on a brand-new course. It’s called Productivity 101. You can pre-order it now—and the first 50 people get 25% off. Pre-Order Now There’s also a great bonus for anyone who pre-orders… so keep reading. What’s this new course about?So much information comes our way every single day. Emails, chats, tasks, documents, meetings, you name it. At work as well as at home, our responsibilities are multiplying, but we still only have the same 24 hours in a day. To thrive...

3 days ago • 4 min read

I’m currently on a layover at Dubai International Airport. My body is very confused about what time it is or should be and about whether I should be awake or asleep, hungry or not—in other words, I’m jet lagged. To keep myself fresh at airports, I like to walk around a lot. It compensates for all the sitting on the plane. And as I was just walking through the terminal, I passed by a bookstore. You know, the WHSmith kind, except this one was smaller. Airport bookstores tend to have...

10 days ago • 2 min read

Here’s an Apple Notes tip I shared on Threads and X yesterday: View this tip on Threads. If you use Apple Notes to take meeting notes and you write down meeting action items using the checkbox feature, this is a really handy way to make sure you’re not dropping any balls. As you can see, this tip resonated with people. Just like another Apple Notes tip I posted recently, about how to quickly link from one note to another: View this tip on Threads. Whether or not these tips are relevant for...

17 days ago • 1 min read

The other day, my afternoon didn’t quite go according to plan. I’d spent the morning at my favorite coworking space here in Bali, drafting the outline for my next productivity course. I’d made good progress and thought I could definitely finish the outline by the end of the day, setting me up well to start writing up the course lessons the next morning, so that I could record the course videos later in the week. In other words, I was right on track. I did want a change of scenery, though. It...

24 days ago • 5 min read

“Hey ChatGPT, I’m tired today—can you write my weekly newsletter?” I’m kidding. I wouldn’t do that to you. (Not yet. 😉) Have you spent much time with ChatGPT recently? Or ever? Several friends have been nudging me for a while now to spend more time exploring what ChatGPT can do for me. I had been pretty skeptical of AI technologies, but after informing myself better and learning how to use them, I’m impressed. Here are some things I used ChatGPT for in the past week: Extracted email addresses...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

If you’re going on a day-long hike and, right at the outset, you find a pebble in your shoe, what do you do? You don’t say, “I have to do the hardest task first—I’m going to finish this hike and remove the pebble after”. No, you take off your shoe, give it a good shake until the pebble drops to the ground, you put your shoe back on, and you continue walking. When it comes to completing our biggest, most important tasks, we’re told to eat that frog, to fill our jar with big rocks first, to...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

For many years, I spent quite a bit of time every morning hand-grinding coffee beans, preparing a cup of pourover coffee, and cooking steel-cut oats for some yummy oatmeal with berries and nuts: This ritual took time, but it relaxed me and encouraged me to truly enjoy my breakfast every single morning. It helped me start my day with positive vibes, regardless of what I’d find on my to-do list or in my email inbox. Usually I’d sit down at my laptop to plan my day with the oatmeal finished and...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Isn’t it amazing what a pair of glasses can do? I don’t mean how they can transform someone’s face from clueless to bookish or from boring to mysterious. I mean how wearing a pair of glasses can change our outlook—the way we see the world. Some decades ago, my uncle Hans was a bookkeeper. (These days, he’s retired and studies philosophy.) My uncle wore glasses such as these: (This is not my uncle Hans.) These are serious glasses. They mean business. They are the kind of glasses that say “I’m...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Hello friend. In lieu of writing a mind-bending article that will instantly transform your life, today I’ll point you to a few existing resources and new videos. I’ll be back next Sunday with earth-shattering words. — Peter Which course should you take next? If you could use a little help with your organization and productivity, I offer a range of courses to help you out. If you’d like to get on top of your to-dos, start with taking one of my task management courses. You can read my guide to...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

It’s become fashionable, in recent years, to build a personal knowledge management (or PKM) system. The most famous PKM method is Tiago Forte’s “building a second brain”, which—odds are—you’ll have heard of. Personal knowledge management promises to help you capture, organize, and engage with all the information that comes at you in such a way that you can resurface it exactly when you need it. Great promise. Flawed premise. Yes, the architect who reads a paper about a promising new...

2 months ago • 3 min read
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