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Do Work That Matters
Productivity isnt just about getting more things done. Its about getting the right things donethe things that count, make a difference, and move the world forward. In our current era of massive overload, this is harder than ever before. So how do you get more of the right things done without confusing mere activity for actual productivity?
When we take Gods purposes into account, a revolutionary insight emerges. Surprisingly, we see that the way to be productive is to put others firstto make the welfare of other people our motive and criteria in determining what to do (whats best next). As both the Scriptures and the best business thinkers show, generosity is the key to unlocking our productivity. It is also the key to finding meaning and fulfillment in our work.
Whats Best Next offers a practical approach for improving your productivity in all areas of life. It will help you better understand:
Why good works are not just rare and special things like going to Africa, but anything you do in faith even tying your shoes.
How to create a mission statement for your life that actually works.
How to delegate to people in a way that actually empowers them.
How to overcome time killers like procrastination, interruptions, and multitasking by turning them around and making them work for you.
How to process workflow efficiently and get your email inbox to zero every day.
How your work and life can transform the world socially, economically, and spiritually, and connect to Gods global purposes.
By anchoring your understanding of productivity in Gods purposes and plan, Whats Best Next will give you a practical approach for increasing your effectiveness in everything you do.
Matt Perman formerly served as the senior director of strategy at Desiring God Ministries in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is a frequent speaker on the topic of productivity from a God-centered perspective. He has an MDiv from Southern Theological Seminary and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Matt regularly blogs at www.whatsbestnext.com and lives in Minneapolis.
Vernon Thornton5 Stars Out Of 5highly recommendedDecember 18, 2014Vernon ThorntonHIGHLY recommended
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Productivity to the glory of GodJuly 16, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Since pursuing excellence is a worthy goal, books on productivity are a reading necessity. Perman takes the concept a step deeper. He wants each of us to be effective to the glory of Christ, to have time management that is Christ centered. This is a book about getting things done from a biblical perspective.
He aims to reshape our thinking on productivity. "I want to help you live the life that God has called you to live, and to live it with maximum effectiveness and meaning." (20) He argues that productivity is about effectiveness, not efficiency. Getting more things done is meaningless if they are the wrong things. It is essential that our activity stems from our love of God, recognizing His purposes for us.
He has divided the book into sections that show why it is so hard to get the rights things done, what happens when we look at productivity in light of God and the gospel, an exploration of the processes behinds gospel-driven productivity, and how our understanding of productivity can be expanded to the workplace, our communities, and the world.
I really liked this book. This may be the first time I have seen planning and time management principles centered on the gospel. I understood the need for personal effectiveness but this book gave me a framework for understanding the purposes behind it as well. He also gives the tools to put gospel-driven productivity into practice. The book is centered on what the Bible says but Perman also includes insights from the best writers on productivity.
If you want to get biblical instruction on how to get things done and understand how getting things done relates to your Christian faith, this is the book for you. By increasing your productivity you increase your ability to do good to others and fulfill the purpose of God for your life. That's good news.
Food for thought:
"The only way to find fulfillment and be productive in the ultimate sense is to center our entire lives - and therefore our productivity - on God." (54)
"Productivity cannot be accomplished apart from Christ." (56)
"...[A] life well lived doesn't just happen; it requires intentionality." (150)