As we continue to look at Matt Perman’s book What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (Zondervan, 2014), we have moved into the fifth main section of the book, called “Reduce,” which addresses the problem of cramming our schedule with so much – even good things – that we become unproductive in getting the best things done.
In chapter 17, “The Art of Making Time,” Perman begins to treat concrete ways in which to reduce our scheduled activities so as to make time for the really important things (the best is what’s next!). He pinpoints four ways to reduce, using the acronym DEAD: Delegate, Eliminate, Automate, and Defer.
We started to look at delegating last week (Monday, Jan.11), and this week we hear some more on this important subject. I must say, what Perman writes on delegation has changed the way I look at it – my thoughts on it were wrong! See if this is the way you approach the matter of delegating:
…Our aim in delegating is not simply to make our own lives better and free up our time. It is also to build up the other person. This is the aim we are to have in everything we do: ‘Always seek to do good to one another and to everyone’ (I Thess.5:15). ‘Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do [even delegating!], do all to the glory of God’ (I Cor.10:31). And, as we saw earlier, doing something for the glory of God involves doing it for the good of others, not just yourself.
Yet most of the time, delegation is presented as a way to serve yourself, not a way to serve others. This is the second wrong view of delegation, and is out of sync with everything we saw about the nature of productivity…. True productivity is about doing good for others and making others productive, not just yourself. And delegation is a key way to build up others and help them be more effective, not just you.
As other people are built up through delegation, the capacity of the entire organization increases. The organization will be able to do more, and do it more effectively, because of this type of delegation. So you are not only serving the other person, you are also serving your whole organization when you delegate (p.230).