Do work that matters. Productivity isn't just about getting more 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 more of the right things done without confusing mere activity for actual productivity? When 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 determining 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 work. What’s Best Nextoffers a practical approach for improving your productivity in all areas of life. It will help you better understand:
By anchoring your understanding of productivity in God's purposes and plan, What’s Best Nextwill give you a practical approach for increasing your effectiveness in everything you do.
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First, the praise: Perman's book has much to recommend. I love how he keeps the focus on the purpose of work: vocation, serving God by serving our neighbors. And he has some terrific insights. He clearly has read and digested much contemporary material on productivity and workflows, and has developed a system that worked well for him. I wish I had the kind of life where flexible routines and time-maps could work. My particular vocations make that a real challenge to implement, so while I tried to use the system he sets forth, it doesn't work for me. I suspect it would work well for many people, though, and I am glad to have read the book. (I bought both the Audible and Kindle versions, as I wanted to consult the text as I implemented some of the ideas.)
Criticism: Ordinarily, I like hearing the author read his own work, especially with non-fiction. No one knows it like the author. However, reading and oral communications are not among Perman's many gifts, and the book really could have used a professional in this area. Second, the author's view of the Calvinist god is so foreign to my understanding of the Scriptures and the Holy Trinity that I almost quit several times in the early stages. I'm very glad that I didn't, but a non-Calvinist may want to skip the early chapters and get to the practical matters.
A final positive note: the insight that delegation is not just getting stuff off my plate, but including others in cooperative work—that God has made us to need others—could be life changing. It's so foreign to how I've operated that this requires an entirely new mindset. I'm very grateful - that was worth the price of the book alone.
This book was a fantastic paradigm shift for me. I have read several productivity books, but this book sets productivity in the right context for living a productive Christian life.
Loved it! Excellent resource and presentation. I can't recommend this resource highly enough. Perman nails it throughout. Wish I could have found this resource earlier in my career.
I really recommend this book to those who are young, what a great advantage for you if you take this wisdom to heart. The older folks, apply and finish well with this book.
What's Best Next is very detailed and well thought-out. The author is very passionate about the subject and I appreciate the way he keeps a biblical perspective to productivity. There were some good ideas in the book and I'll be going back through it to help me remember some of them.
I do wish the author hadn't read so many of the footnotes. Many were references to blog post he had written. They distracted from the flow of the audio book and were impossible to reconnect to the actual comments when he read them at the end of the chapter. I found myself using the chapter guide to simply skip to the next chapter, but that was a challenge while driving.
Get this book, it is remarkable. I recommend buying it on audible and hardback. There is a ton of information and it is very helpful to see the actual layout of the content. Also, the audio book is a must because it allows you to learn while you drive, workout, etc.
This is not a book to read through once; it is a book that needs to be applied to every aspect of our lives for the glory of God. We live productive lives having been justified by faith in the death burial and resurrection of Christ alone.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
Jesus is awesome!
The author is strongest when he submerged to the details. Some will find the beginning somewhat tedious if they already have embraced the values he advocates. He gives great value (eventually), but it is a slog to get to it.
I would have profited more if a pro read it.
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