How to Get Unstuck: Breaking Free from Barriers to Your Productivity

How to Get Unstuck: Breaking Free from Barriers to Your Productivity

by Matt Perman


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Many people with great, world-changing ideas aren't able to make them happen. Most people are trying to make a difference where they are, yet they feel overwhelmed, overloaded, and far too busy. How do you get "unstuck" - without resorting to complex systems that take more time to keep up than they actually save?

How to Get Unstuck answers this question by introducing readers to ten core principles that are at the heart of becoming an effective person for the glory of God. These principles are flexible enough for people to adapt and apply them to their own life and context. Also included is a plan for getting started in using these principles and applying them to real life.

This book is more than just good ideas that you read and never apply. How to Get Unstuck walks you step-by-step through the core principles that free you to be more effective in everything you do. How can we learn the discipline of personal effectiveness? Starting with the Scriptures and drawing on the best research How to Get Unstuck shows Christians how to live integrated lives. True effectiveness is doing something in God's way and for God's glory, and this book will show you how.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310526810
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 931,839
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Matt Perman is the director of career development at The King’s College NYC and cofounder 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 nonprofits, focusing on startups devoted to solving large global problems. He blogs at

Table of Contents

Introduction: Different Kinds of Stuck

The Eight Core Principles

Chapter 1: Understanding Urgency and Importance—for Real

Chapter 2: Mission: Know Why You’re Here

Chapter 3: Self-Concept: See Yourself as a Professional

Chapter 4: Execution: Start with Your Time, not With Your Tasks (That is, Realize you Can’t Give Equal Focus to Everything)

Chapter 5: Goals: Start with your Vision, not With Your Constraints

Chapter 6: Choosing Activities: Work in Your Strengths Most of the Time

Chapter 7: Getting in the Zone (the Ultimate Way to be Unstuck): Work Fully When You’re Working, Rest Fully When You’re Resting

Chapter 8: Avoiding the Ultimate Dead End

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