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November 8, 2014

Chapter 10 The Core Principle for Making Yourself Effective from What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

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Chapter 10 The Core Principle for Making Yourself Effective

The overarching, guiding principle for our lives is love. Putting the other person first equals maximum productivity.

Rick Warren: “The secret of effectiveness is to know what really counts, then do what really counts, and not worry about the rest.”

Peter Drucker: “If there is any one ‘secret’ of effectiveness, it is concentration. Effective executives do first things first and they do one thing at a time.”

Stephen Covey: “The key . . . is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

Decide what really matters and do it. Seth Godin on the Essence of Productivity and Avoiding “Productivity Whining”

Craig Groeschel, pastor of Life Church in Oklahoma City, one of the most important things is having the courage to say no to those things that are often good, but not dead-on mission.

there are actually two core principles here. “Know what’s most important” is the first one, and “put it first” is the second one.

“Know what’s most important” is the arena of personal leadership; “put it first and actually do it” is the arena of personal management.

The six horizons are:

Personal Leadership

1 50,000 feet: Mission and values

2 40,000 feet: Vision (or life goal)

3 30,000 feet: Long-term goals

4 20,000 feet: Roles

Personal Management

5 10,000 feet: Projects

6 Runway: Next actions and calendar • Supporting systems: Contacts, checklists, journals, and files

the levels of mission and values, vision, long-term goals, and roles are matters of personal leadership. The levels of projects and next actions are matters of personal management.

Scott Berkun says about projects in The Art of Project Management: “More often than not, I’ve found that obsessing on process is a warning sign of leadership trouble: it can be an attempt to offload the natural challenges and responsibilities that managers face into a system of procedures and bureaucracies that cloud the need for real thought and action [emphasis added]. Perhaps even more devastating to a team is that methodology fixation can be a signal of what is truly important to the organization.”

The discipline of personal productivity, then, is the process by which we do this — that is, the process of taking our talents, abilities, and opportunities and making them useful for the good of others, the glory of God, and our joy.


  1. Define: Know your mission, vision, and roles.
  2. Architect: Weave these things into your life through a flexible schedule.
  3. Reduce: Get rid of the things that don’t fit.
  4. Execute: Make things happen every day.

Conveniently, these form the acronym DARE, which reminds us of the motive and guiding principle that is to lie behind all that we do: seek the benefit of others in all things, to the glory of God,


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