The Most Helpful Book on Productivity


I am a big fan of being more productive, organizing your life for effectiveness and I’m always on the lookout for a helpful book in this area. What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman is one of the best books on this topic.

What sets this book apart from others on productivity:

  1. Its emphasis on understanding how the gospel impacts productivity.
  2. How the gospel frees us to be productive.
  3. It also brings together some of the best ideas from other books on productivity to show a better system that combines the strengths of different systems.

If I had one criticism about the book, it would be how much time he spent convincing the reader that it is biblical to be productive. I know why he did this and the reasoning is sad: Christians seem to think productivity, organization or systems are unbiblical and have no place in the church. Sadly, this is why most churches are ineffective and why business leaders often feel like they don’t fit in churches.

One of the best reminders I took from this book and it immediately changed my stress level was planning my day in advance. I tried doing this the night before, but I then laid in bed thinking about the coming day. I now spend my first 5-10 minutes each morning at my desk, praying through and thinking through what I need to accomplish and list what is most important and remove everything else from my calendar or to-do list for that day.

If productivity is a struggle for you, or if you want to take your productivity to the next level, I’d highly recommend checking out this book. You won’t regret it.


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2 thoughts on “The Most Helpful Book on Productivity

  1. Josh,
    Thanks so much for this post on Gospel-Driven Productivity. This is something I have struggled with my whole life. I am not very organized and not so great at planning, but my people skills rock! 🙂 That makes for great relationships but lots of stress in my life that I could avoid by embracing discipline. I am now seeing the value of planning and being prepared; especially with regard to my health. I have struggled with obesity since I was a child. I have 67 lbs. to lose and I am fighting the discipline of planning meals and creating an effective exercise routine. Thanks for being real and letting us know your story and struggles, as well as sharing the victories and bragging about Jesus. Blessing to you and your beautiful family!

    P.S. Love that you vacation in San Diego! We relocated to Eastern Washington State in 2006 and love it here. The beauty of this valley is breathtaking and life is slower and less stressful. But I do miss SD a lot at times, proud to call that my hometown.

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