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What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

, 2016
ISBN: 9780310093374



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.

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. This expanded edition includes a new chapter on productivity in a fallen world and a new appendix on being more productive with work that requires creative thinking.

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  • Offers a practical approach for improving your productivity in all areas of life
  • Discusses how to use generosity and selflessness to unlock productivity
  • Foreword by John Piper
  • Preface: Busting the Twelve Myths about What It Means to Get Things Done
  • Introduction: Why We Need a Uniquely Christian View on Productivity
  • Part 1: First Things First: Making God Supreme in Our Productivity
  • Part 2: Gospel-Driven Productivity: A New Way to Look at Getting Things Done
  • Part 3: Define: Know What’s Most Important
  • Part 4: Architect: Create a Flexible Structure
  • Part 5: Reduce: Free Up Your Time for What’s Most Important
  • Part 6: Execute: Do What’s Most Important
  • Part 7: Living This Out
  • Toolkit
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

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. No one has articulated this better than Matt Perman in this unique book.

—Matt Heerema, owner and director, Mere Design Agency; pastor, Stonebrook Community Church

  • Title: What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done
  • Author: Matt Perman
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Publication Date: 2016
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Labor productivity; Work › Religious aspects--Christianity
  • ISBN: 9780310093374
  • Resource ID: LLS:9780310494232
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-01-14T21:16:22Z

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Matt Perman is the cofounder of What’s Best Next, an organization that helps empower Christians to be more productive in all areas of life, and to do so in a way that is God-centered and gospel-driven. Previously, he served as director of marketing at Made to Flourish and was director of strategy at Desiring God for thirteen years. Matt has an MDiv in biblical and theological studies from Southern Seminary and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Matt is a frequent speaker on the topics of leadership and productivity from a God‑centered perspective and also consults with businesses and non‑profits, focusing on startups devoted to solving large global problems.


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