Myths About Getting Things Done (1) – M.Perman

Whats Best Next -PermanThis past weekend I started reading a newly published book I purchased last summer – Matt Perman’s What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (Zondervan 2014). Yes, this is indeed a book on productivity in the Christian’s life, about how to do our daily work in the most effective way for the glory of God. Which means only by His grace and in the power of the cross of Jesus Christ.

I am intrigued by this book, because as one entrusted with multiple responsibilities (as really all of us are), I struggle at times to be the most productive Christian I can be. So far, I like what I read in Perman’s book, and I look forward to learning how to be properly productive in God’s kingdom.

For today I thought I would introduce you to the book by pointing you to the “Preface”, where Perman busts “twelve myths about what it means to get things done.” I give you the first two for a start – and I think you too will find these mind-altering and perhaps life-changing:

Myth #1: Productivity is about getting more done faster. When most people think of productivity, they think of efficiency – getting more things done faster. While efficiency is important, it is secondary. More important than efficiency is effectiveness – getting the right things done. Efficiency doesn’t matter if you are doing the wrong things in the first place.

Myth #2: The way to be productive is to have the right techniques and tools. Using great tools and the most helpful techniques is a lot of fun. But, like efficiency, this is secondary. This book will give you the most helpful methods for improving your productivity, and will point you to some really cool tools. But one of the central tenets of this book is that the foundation of effectiveness is not first techniques or tools, but character. The only way to make the right decisions is first to be the right kind of person (Rom.12:1-2; 2 Peter 5:1-8), p.13.

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