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First, the praise: Perman's book has much to recommend. I love how he keeps the focus on the purpose of work: vocation, serving God by serving our neighbors. And he has some terrific insights. He clearly has read and digested much contemporary material on productivity and workflows, and has developed a system that worked well for him. I wish I had the kind of life where flexible routines and time-maps could work. My particular vocations make that a real challenge to implement, so while I tried to use the system he sets forth, it doesn't work for me. I suspect it would work well for many people, though, and I am glad to have read the book. (I bought both the Audible and Kindle versions, as I wanted to consult the text as I implemented some of the ideas.)
Criticism: Ordinarily, I like hearing the author read his own work, especially with non-fiction. No one knows it like the author. However, reading and oral communications are not among Perman's many gifts, and the book really could have used a professional in this area. Second, the author's view of the Calvinist god is so foreign to my understanding of the Scriptures and the Holy Trinity that I almost quit several times in the early stages. I'm very glad that I didn't, but a non-Calvinist may want to skip the early chapters and get to the practical matters.
A final positive note: the insight that delegation is not just getting stuff off my plate, but including others in cooperative work—that God has made us to need others—could be life changing. It's so foreign to how I've operated that this requires an entirely new mindset. I'm very grateful - that was worth the price of the book alone.
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Loved it! Excellent resource and presentation. I can't recommend this resource highly enough. Perman nails it throughout. Wish I could have found this resource earlier in my career.
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Matt Perman is clearly a very well read man in both theology and time-management. What this book is, is a culmination of a lot of other people's ideas into Matt's own system for working. The content is good, however, Matt's reading is quite irritating and as others have said I wish he'd hired a professional to do it. He also won't stop harping on about all he has done in his own career and struck me as quite big headed. I would recommend reading Covey's '7 habits of highly effective people' and Allen's 'Getting Things Done' and forming your own opinions. Leave this book alone.