It’s been almost twenty-five years since I first read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Since then, many of the principles that Covey explores have been a part of the fabric of my life.
A few years back, I had the opportunity to read David Allen’s best selling book, Getting Things Done. Like Covey, he added some ammunition that helped in the area of personal productivity.
Matt Perman picks up where Covey and Allen left off. His new book, What’s Best Next contains the best of Stephen Covey and David Allen. But Perman’s work contains a significant difference. And the distinction he introduces makes all the difference in the world. Matt Perman helps readers understand how the gospel transforms the way we get things done.
What’s Best Next is filled with practical hints that will ramp up personal productivity – but never as an end in itself (which appears to be a flaw in both Covey and Allen). Perman argues that personal productivity should have an end game. Personal productivity, should enhance our ability to help people. He adds, “We should care about personal productivity not simply for our own sakes but also for the sake of others.”
Anyone familiar with Covey or Allen will freely admit that these writers have the best intentions in mind. And I have personally benefitted greatly from their work. But Matt Perman is concerned first and foremost with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He helps readers understand how their productivity can be enhanced in four specific areas including personal life, work life, organizational life, and society.
What’s Best Next is one of those books that is nearly impossible to review in a comprehensive way. Principles could be explored that the author promotes and productivity hints could be shared. But readers would inevitably be cheated – because this book is a gold mine. It deserves to be read by every person who has a passion for the great commission and the great commandment. Simply put, it will enhance one’s ability to serve God and people with maximum effectiveness.
The aim of Matt Perman is to “reshape the way you think about productivity and then present a practical approach to help you become more effective in your life with less stress and frustration, whatever you are doing.” The author succeeds, and then some. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
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