Author(s): Matt Perman
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 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 God's global purposes.
By 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 do.
I have been learning from Matt Perman for nearly twenty years, and I am eager for leaders around the world to benefit from his work the way that I have. To my knowledge, there is no one writing today who has thought more deeply about the relationship between the gospel and productivity. You will find in these pages a unique and remarkable combination of theological insight, biblical instruction, and practical counsel that would change the world if put into practice. I could not recommend it more highly. -- Justin Taylor, , managing editor of The ESV Study Bible and coauthor of The Final Days of Jesus The question isn't, What do I want to do for God? but, What does God want me to do? For a believer, productivity is more than a set of skills. It requires a mindset and a worldview. This book provides the framework for getting more done and making a bigger difference in your work. -- Mark Sanborn, , Author, The Fred Factor and You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader As Christians, we are called by God to work with all our hearts, because our work is---or should be---directly for the Lord. But beyond platitudes, no one has really approached being productive at working, until now. Matt Perman approaches the task not only from his personal experience but from a Christian worldview. Follow his model to align what you do with God's purpose in your life---and in particular in your work. -- B. Joseph Pine II, , Coauthor, The Experience Economy and Infinite Possibility A Christian companion to Getting Things Done. -- Hugh Whelchel, , Executive Director, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics; author, How Then Should We Work? This book is simply extraordinary. ... I doubt there is a person on the planet who knows both theological issues and time-management literature to the depth and extent Matt Perman does. -- John Piper, , former Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church; author, Don't Waste Your Life In this amazing volume, Matt Perman offers a wealth of practical, real-world productivity solutions, all framed within the context of the gospel. He provides the know-how and the know-who we need to be faithful stewards over the gifts we have been given. -- Michael Hyatt, , New York Times bestselling author; MichaelHyatt.com Plain and simple: learning to effectively manage your time and tasks is one of the most practical and tangible ways you can love your neighbors, coworkers, family members, and the world at large. There is no one who has articulated this better than Matt Perman in this unique book. It has changed the way I think and work, and I commend it to anyone who strives to love their neighbor as themselves. -- Matt Heerema, , owner and director, Mere Design Agency; Pastor, Stonebrook Community Church Love your neighbor at work! That's the ultimate message of Matt's book What's Best Next. He shows you not only why you need to do this but also how. Without getting lost in the details, Matt gives a comprehensive framework for identifying the most important things in your work and life and then putting them first. No matter who you are or what your work is, this is a reliable, exciting, and encouraging guidebook on making things happen and getting things done, from a God-centered perspective. -- Brad Lomenick, , President, Catalyst; author, The Catalyst Leader What's Best Next is both practical and inspiring as it addresses both the why and how to aspects of productivity. The result is an engaging, motivating, and exciting vision for your work and the things you do every day, right along with helpful, clear, and practical instruction on how to become more effective with less stress. Want to be more productive for the glory of God? Read What's Best Next. -- Ed Stetzer, , President, LifeWay Research; author of Lost and Found Those of us in management, leadership, ministry, and other kinds of "knowledge work" often feel overwhelmed with all of the tasks, responsibilities, and relationships that demand our time and attention. This book gives practical, specific guidelines for becoming better organized, more effective, and more productive. But what makes this book stand out is the way Matt Perman integrates all of this down-to-earth advice with the doctrine of vocation---how the gospel of Christ bears fruit in love and service to God and to our neighbors in every facet of life---a truth that animates every page. -- Gene Edward Veith, , Professor of Literature, Provost of Patrick Henry College; author, God at Work This book has been on Matt's heart and mind for a long time. It's the fruit of experience as well as insight drawn from Scripture and common sense---without doing injustice to either. There is a lot of wisdom here, and I look forward to making use of it in daily life. -- Michael Horton, , Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Seminary California; author, The Gospel-Driven Life A refreshing, lively, remarkably insightful, deeply God-centered approach to productivity. I kept taking notes about ideas that I wanted to implement in my own life. Everyone from any walk of life who reads this book will be helped and encouraged by it. -- Wayne Grudem, , Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary; author, The Poverty of Nation
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 with his wife and their three children.