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Do Work That MattersProductivity isn’t just about getting things done It’s about getting the right things done the 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 of the right things done without confusing mere activity for actual productivityWhen we take God’s purposes into account a revolutionary insight emerges Surprisingly we see that the way to be productive is to put others first to make the welfare of other people our motive and criteria in determi. I'm biased I wrote it


Whats Best NextPle 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 God’s global purposesBy anchoring your understanding of productivity in God’s purposes and plan What’s Best Next will give you a practical approach for increasing your effectiveness in everything you d. Review originally posted here many Evangelicals I have grown weary of seeing Christian authors simply take secular books concepts and ideas slap on the label Biblical or Gospel centered Christian godly or other buzzwords throw in a few usually out of context Bible verses and call it their own usually holding their version on a pedestalWhen I first saw this book and started into it I'm afraid both Daniel and I did a mental eye roll thinking that's what this book would be  But all those initial red flags uickly dropped as I delved further into this bookIs it possible to disguise a theology book as a productivity book Or a productivity book as a theology book If so Matt Perman just did it in What's Best Next How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done And actually it seems he's done better than simply disguising one as the other he's showed how the two are intrinsically linked together for the believerPerman opens the book by distinguishing the difference between productivity and efficiency an important distinction to make when implementing productivity habits Throughout the book the author references his own life's study and work to demonstrate that it's not just about working hard fast and furious that will get things done but one also needs to examine how to use wisdom and skill to be productive in one's workAs he walks readers along the path to productivity Perman examines books like Getting Things Done and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People sharing how such productivity tips have helped him become productive In sharing his own experience Perman notes that even after implementing hacks from the above resources he was still coming up short Eventually he had to realize he was taking on too much an assessment which is also a part of improving productivityIn examining the scope of this book two weaknesses stand out to me The first is that it sometimes seems that the author assumes we have all shifted into a knowledge economy and all work in knowledge era work What of the man who still works in a factory Or for someone who still works in the field of manual labor all day In a books that ties productivity so tightly to living out the Gospel in day to day living it seems it is crucial to distinguish how productivity may look different in various realms of calling Perman does helpfully acknowledge that these concepts are applicable to those who spend most of their time parenting but even this deals primarily with productivity within the sphere of a knowledge based economyMy second concern is the emphasis on excellence without the necessary counterbalance Whereas Perman tempered much of his other advice by addressing the applicational extremes that have proven to have harmful eg living fully for Jesus does not mean moving to Africa our lives are not divided into two halves of sacred and secular I felt that his repeated emphasis on the excellence theme warranted additional emphasis for keeping this in check not judging others for what seems a lack of excellence that our performance does not earn us better favor with God that we need to be wary of allowing our pursuit of excellence to drift into elitismIn our realization that productivity and excellence in our work is a part of loving others we must also love others by gently joining together with them where they are in an understanding of productivity As an extension on my first concern it's also an important reminder that if you work in a knowledge field excellence in other fields is going to look different elsewhere and sometimes might not seem as productive or bright and shiny as the knowledge industry Perman excels at placing excellence under the umbrella of human flourishing and living for God's glory and that itself speaks much to keeping this emphasis in check But simply put a pursuit of excellence must be used as a personal challenge but not as a bludgeon when used towards others More direct warnings on this would be helpfulOverall though I was blown away by all that was packed into this book practical productivity tips a deep theology of vocation a deep theology of human flourishing shalom as Tim Keller describes it and how our work in this world flows from the two greatest commandments loving God and loving othersIn addition to drawing from popular productivity books Perman also draws from William Wilberforce and Jonathan Edwards focusing freuently on Edwards' Charity and Its Fruits  and on  Wilberforce's life work of seeking to abolish slaveryNot only is the content itself rich but it is laid out well in a way that is incredibly helpful something the author emphasizes can be a way of loving others and Perman provides numberous resources along the wayProductivity is a significant part of our living out wisdom Perman helpfully points out that secular wisdom on productivity is a gift of common grace that we should attempt to learn from But our faith puts our work on a different foundation than secular pursuits of productivity And though we will likely utilize similar workflows and productivity concepts we are also pushing toward things that are eternally productive Perman also helpfully places productivity within the sphere of the creation mandate skillfully pointing out that its purpose is not to take over the culture but to serve it  In this way he demonstrated a deep understanding of vocation and a humility that is often lacking as Christians examine their role in the culture and worldMuch like Hannah Anderson's book Made for More the theology of vocation in this book was freeing and empowering to find fulfillment and pursue excellence in

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SUMMARY Whats Best Next ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Do Work That MattersProductivity isn’t just about getting things done It’s about getting the right things done—the 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 geNing what to do what’s 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 workWhat’s 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 peo. At the risk of being dramatic What’s Best Next has changed the way that I prioritize organize think and live Perman points out that productivity is not chiefly about getting things done but about getting the right things done He explores the theology of vocation in the relationship between gospel grace and effectiveness at work If you find yourself feeling constant stress or guilt about the things left undone at the end of your days and weeks grab this book and re evaluate your short term and long term goals in light of your priorities and responsibilities This is a must read for all whose lists are longer than their weeks