What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

What's Best NextWe all want to get things done and accomplish more. But how do we decide what to do? And when we have our “to do list” what do we tackle first?

In his new book, What’s Best Next, Matt Perman explores how we get things done and be more productive and effective. Perman takes a different approach than many writers on productivity and time management in that he focuses on how the Gospel transforms the way you get things done (which also serves as the subtitle of the book).

What’s Best Next is divided into seven parts:

Parts 1 and 2 explain why focusing on God and his purposes are of utmost importance and introduce what Perman calls Gospel-Driven productivity.
Parts 3-6 contain Perman’s strategy for tracking and managing our lives. He uses the acronym DARE.

  1. Define: Know your mission, vision, and roles.
  2. Architect: Weave these things into your life through a flexible schedule.
  3. Reduce: Get rid of the things that don’t fit.
  4. Execute: Make things happen every day.

Part 7 shows how being productive in a God-centered, gospel-driven way leads to a wider concern for the productivity of our organizations and society, which ultimately moves to concern for world missions and the spread of the Gospel and transformation of the world.

I found this book to be helpful in helping me focus not just on doing more things, but taking the time to make sure I am doing the right things or the next best thing. Perman provides many tools in this book and a large section of additional reading and online tools for further exploration.  The downside to this book is that it seemed long and drawn out at certain points, but I appreciate Perman’s desire to be thorough in his information.

Like all books of this kind, the struggle is in the implementation. Taken as a whole, the task to be more productive and effective for God in what we do can be overwhelming. This book is one to be kept handy and referred back to in times of need in particular areas. Perman is aware of this, evidenced by his inclusion of an Easy Reference guide that has topics and the page number to go to for help in that area.

This book is recommended for individuals, couples, or group study. I could also see this material being useful for a sermon series in a  church given its focus on Gospel-driven productivity.

I received this book from Booklookbloggers.com in exchange for an honest review.



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