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What's Best Next
Zondervan Academic

What's Best Next

Unique in the approach it presents to maximizing efficiency, this course outlines a God-centered, gospel-oriented perspective that addresses the proper motivation to drive productivity—serving others to the glory of God.

At a Glance

  • Insights on how to process workflow efficiently and get your email inbox to zero every day.
  • Access to all course material—video lectures; lessons; key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the ebook "What's Best Next" within the course and via an eReader
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


120 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

Productivity isn't just about getting more things done. It's about getting the right things done – the things that count, make a difference, and move the world forward. In our current era of massive overload, this is harder than ever before. So how do you get more of the right things done without confusing mere activity for actual productivity?

The What's Best Next course is built out using material and teaching lectures by author and productivity expert Matt Perman, offering a practical approach for improving productivity in all areas of life. It will help you better understand:

Course Outline

      1. Introduction: Why We Need a Uniquely Christian View on Productivity
      2. Why Is It So Hard to Get Things Done?
      3. Why Efficiency Is Not the Answer
      4. Why We Need to Be God-Centered in Our Productivity
      5. Does God Care about Getting Things Done?
      6. Why the Things You Do Every Day Matter
      7. Putting Others First: Love as the Guiding Principle for All of Life
      8. How the Gospel Makes Us Productive
      9. Peace of Mind without Having Everything under Control
      10. The Role of Prayer and Scripture in Our Productivity
      11. The Core Principle for Making Yourself Effective
      12. What’s Your Mission? How Not to Waste Your Life
      13. Finding Your Life Calling
      14. Clarifying Your Roles
      15. Setting Up Your Week
      16. Creating the Right Routines
      17. The Problem with Full System Utilization
      18. The Art of Making Time
      19. Harnessing the Time Killers
      20. Weekly Planning
      21. Managing Email and Workflow
      22. Managing Projects and Actions
      23. Daily Execution
      24. Productivity in Organizations and Society
      25. The Greatest Cause in the World
      26. Productivity in a Fallen World
      27. Conclusion
        FINAL EXAM

      About the Technology

      Author & Instructor

      Matt Perman
      Matt Perman

      Matt Perman is the co-founder of What’s Best Next, an organization that helps empower Christians to be more productive in all areas of life, and to do so in a way that is God-centered and gospel-driven. Previously, he served as director of Marketing at Made to Flourish and was director of strategy at Desiring God for thirteen years. He is the author of What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (Zondervan, 2014). Matt has an MDiv in biblical and theological studies from Southern Seminary and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Matt is a frequent speaker on the topics of leadership and productivity from a God‑centered perspective and also consults with businesses and non‑profits, focusing on startups devoted to solving large global problems. He blogs at