Eliminating distractions, apps to check out, new OmniFocus features, and more…


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 the best to-do apps and take my free mini-course Which Task Manager is Right for You? and then enroll in my course on the app of your choice.

Once you have your day-to-day productivity under control, it’s time to think bigger. Together, we can clarify your high-level goals and priorities and translate them into action with the method that I call Big-Picture Productivity.

Finally, if you use Apple devices and you’re thinking, “I really need to do something with all these notes and other documents that are coming at me”, then Organize Your Life with Apple Notes might be right up your alley.

Three random little apps that are great

For working with people across multiple time zones, the (Mac) app Clocker can be a lifesaver. If you’re going out (or going on a trip) with friends and want track who spent what, get everyone on Splitwise. And if you’ve ever wondered how color blind people (like me; I have protanomaly) see the world, check out Chromatic Vision Simulator (for iPhone or Android).

New features in OmniFocus 4.2

The Omni Group recently released OmniFocus 4.2. OmniFocus 4.1 only added support for Apple Vision Pro, so 4.2 is the first feature update to OmniFocus 4. What’s new? Let’s take a look.

And if you’re thinking, “hey, OmniFocus looks like it could be great for me”, but you’re not sure how to set it up, then check out my brand-new course Organize Your Life with OmniFocus 4.

Eliminate distractions with Apple’s Focus Modes

Do your (Apple) devices often distract you while you’re trying to get work done? If so, you need Focus Modes. They can turn your devices from distraction magnets into productivity machines. Here’s a video on how to make that happen:

I’ve also prepared a free Focus Modes cheat sheet for you. Check out the video and the cheat sheet and see whether you know the ins and outs of this handy feature.

Peter Akkies

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 10,000 people. Join us!

Read more from Peter Akkies

Hello and happy Sunday! I have two announcements for you. After that, some thoughts as usual—today, about an underrated skill we should all develop asap. Todoist: 1-click setup & calendar integration First, for those of you who use Todoist, I’ve got some fun updates to share. You can now install my recommended Todoist setup with one click! I’ve been working with the Todoist team to make this happen and it’s exciting that it’s finally there. To install my recommended setup: Open Todoist Next...

You’re deep in thought, finally making progress on that important project. Then… ding. A new email. Buzz. A message on Teams. Oh, and don’t forget that meeting in 15 minutes! Sound familiar? It’s no wonder we often end our days feelings like we’ve been busy but unproductive. Our schedule is fragmented, leaving us stressed, with a vague but real sense that we can’t quite get a grasp on everything—or even on anything. When you’re constantly jumping back and forth, especially between quick...

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...