PODCAST: Manage Your Time, Part 13 (Get Things Done #87 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #87 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. John 9:4 says: “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”

Our quote for today is from Colin Powell. He said: “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 13 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

But sometimes it makes sense to switch. Occasionally when you’re working on something and reach a dead end you realize that putting it aside for a while to work on something else might restore your perspective. You don’t object to that, do you?

Of course not. What I’m talking about is the habit of getting something partly done, and then getting sidetracked and drifting to something else, like a butterfly flitting from one flower to another.

Don’t be too easy-going with yourself when you assume that putting the thing aside for a while may be useful. Maybe it will; but maybe a little stick-to-it-iveness would be even more useful.

Persistence is what we’re talking about. Calvin Coolidge is not one of our more frequently quoted presidents, but he made one observation that I think is worth committing to memory (as a matter of fact, I have it on a plaque in my study). He said:

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Let’s persistently proceed with your list. The next pitfall you mentioned was “acquiescing.” What do you mean by that?

Too often the source of our time shortage is simply that we haven’t learned to use that simple little two-letter word “No.” We see the pattern in volunteer organizations, at work, in the home; someone twists our arm a bft and asks us to do something we really don’t want to do, but rather than asserting our right to set our own priorities we accept the assignment. Then we kick ourselves later, but we’re stuck.

Lord willing, we will continue this discussion in our next podcast.

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Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.

PODCAST: Manage Your Time, Part 12 (Get Things Done #86 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #86 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Philippians 4:13 says: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Our quote for today is from Olin Miller. He said: “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 12 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

And what does “spraying” mean?

The term is borrowed from Sydney J. Harris. In his book Winners and Losers, he says, “Winners focus; losers spray.”

Just as the gentle rays of the sun, when focused, can burn through steel plate, so moderate skills, when focused on a single task, can accomplish miracles. On the other hand, diversification of effort—spraying—guarantees squandering both skills and time.

Emerson used a tree as an analogy. He said: “As the gardener, by severe pruning, forces the sap of the tree into one or two vigorous limbs, so should you stop off your miscel- laneous activity and concentrate your force on one or a few points.” One way to accomplish this is to follow the advice of Emerson’s famous tenant, Henry David Thoreau: “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.”

Vince Lombardi was sometimes criticized for using a smaller repertoire of plays than most coaches, but he believed that even when working with top professional athletes it was better to focus on a relatively few plays, and master them completely, rather than to risk the “spraying” effect by having too many options available. “It’s difficult to be aggressive when confused,” he said.

You’ve occasionally been amazed at how much you ac- complished when an imminent deadline or a crisis forced you to stop “spraying” and to focus all of your energy and attention on a single activity. Force yourself to display that same singleness of purpose whenever you undertake any task, and you’ll amaze yourself every day!

Besides avoiding the tendency to “spray” you must also beware of the tendency to switch.

What do you mean by that?

Aside from concentration, you must also develop staying power. Even if you concentrate, if you don’t do it long enough—if you continually switch from one thing to another—you will be ineffective. You must develop what has been called the “compulsion to closure.”

Lord willing, we will continue this discussion in our next podcast.

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Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.

PODCAST: Manage Your Time, Part 11 (Get Things Done #85 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #85 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 10:4 says: “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”

Our quote for today is from Victor Hugo. He said: “He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 11 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

You mention dawdling as another of the cardinal sins.

True. It’s often nothing more than a bad habit we drift into because of failure to keep our goals clearly in mind. We fiddle with a task, spending an hour on something that might be done in ten minutes if we shifted into high gear.

Nip this tendency in the bud whenever you notice it. What you’re up against, of course, is Parkinson’s Law: Work expands to fill the time available. So the solution is to make less time available—give yourself a deadline, and perhaps promise yourself some token reward if you meet it. Keep in mind that the tempo at which you work can make a tremendous difference in the amount of time you’ll have for other things. You can often more than double your output during a given period by just being aware of tempo, giving yourself that little additional push you need to get on with it, instead of dillydallying.

Just a moment. It appears that you are recommending that people keep their noses to the grindstone all the time, working at maximum capacity throughout the day.

Not at all. I believe in relaxation, in breaks, in moderation, in working at a comfortable pace. But dawdling isn’t working, and it isn’t really pleasurable or restful or productive. It’s a psychological drain, and it’s the stuff of which procrastination is made. Work while you work, and rest while you rest; don’t try to do both at the same time.

The next of the cardinal sins is the one I call “spraying.”

Lord willing, we will continue this discussion in our next podcast.

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Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.

PODCAST: Manage Your Time, Part 10 (Get Things Done #84 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #84 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 12:24 says: “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”

Our quote for today is from Leonardo da Vinci. He said: “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 10 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

That sounds easy, but the pressures of the day make it hard to put that advice into effect. Any suggestions on how to make it happen?

Yes, follow the suggestion I made earlier. Beginning immediately, make it an ironclad rule to schedule a block of time every day for something that does not have to be done that day—but that is important in the long run. (Usually it will turn out to be something relating to one of your longrange goals.) Make it a substantial block of time, perhaps an hour. And guard it jealously: whatever urgent tasks you have to do surely can be accomplished sometime during the remaining twenty-three hours.

This one habit can help you to overcome the most pernicious variety of procrastination, which is the postponing of those important (but not urgent) tasks that would move you toward your major goals.

Next among the cardinal sins is vacillation, the habit of being indecisive.

As mentioned earlier, indecision not only delays resolution of the problem at hand, but it also has a debilitating psychological effect.

Ivan Pavlov, the famous Russian psychologist, once demonstrated how immobilizing the effects of indecision can be. He trained a dog to know he was about to be fed whenever a circle of light was flashed on a screen. Whenever the light was elliptical, no food could be expected.

Then Pavlov gradually changed the shape of the ellipse, making it more nearly circular. At first the dog had no problem; it adjusted to the slight modification. But when the circle became almost, but not quite, circular, the dog became extremely upset, undecided about whether it was looking at a circle or an ellipse, expecting to be fed and not fed at the same time. This indecision created inordinate stress, much more intense than that of normal hunger. Pavlov described the dog’s behavior: “It began to squeal in its stand, kept wriggling about . . . and, on being taken into the experimental room, barked violently.”

So decisiveness not only gets things done, but reduces stress and makes you feel better, too. In one of Thornton Burgess’s classic stories for children, a wise philosopher named the Red Squirrel says:

Though right or wrong, you’re bound to find
Relief in making up your mind.

Repeat that little couplet to yourself next time you’re writhing in the throes of indecision.

Lord willing, we will continue this discussion in our next podcast.

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Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.

PODCAST: Manage Your Time, Part 9 (Get Things Done #83 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #83 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 13:4 says: “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”

Our quote for today is from St. Augustine. He said: “God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 9 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

You seem to be quite a believer in lists. You recommended earlier making those four procrastination lists, and now you’re suggesting a list of long-range goals and a list of short-range goals. Aren’t your lists of goals likely to overlap the procrastination lists?

Yes, but if they do, so what? No harm is done. However, as a practical matter, I do think you will find it convenient at some point to merge your procrastination lists into your goals lists.

The next step, of course, is to make sure that those lists aren’t made and then filed away and forgotten. They must be kept current, and they should be kept where you will see them at least once a week. Then constantly ask yourself whether or not you are spending enough of your time on the things that really matter—the goal-oriented tasks—as distinguished from the trivia.

Next let’s take a look at “wheelspinning.”

When people get behind in their work they feel guilty. To assuage those feelings of guilt, our tendency is to get busy and do something—it doesn’t seem to matter what, just so there’s plenty of action.

Just as a wheelspinning car can carve out a big hole in the mud without moving much, so a wheelspinning person can carve out a big gap in a day without achieving much.

This pitfall is related to the previous one, of course. People who are really goal conscious don’t spin their wheels. Their purpose is not to look and feel busy, but to achieve.

Is this what some people refer to as the “activity trap”?

Yes. Whenever you feel pressured by time, don’t try to solve your problem by more frantic activity. Pause and calmly survey the situation, so that you can “work smarter, not harder.”

Next we come to “fire fighting,” which means, of course, living in a state of perpetual crisis. Actual fires often result from procrastination—the faulty wiring that somebody meant to have fixed, the pile of oily rags somebody was going to discard, the additional smoke detector somebody intended to buy, the fire extinguisher somebody forgot to recharge, and so on. The metaphorical fires we fight also often involve
procrastination—usually the postponement of planning, so that we are suddenly confronted with a situation we haven’t prepared for.

Some crises, of course, cannot be prevented, just as some fires cannot. But most could. The secret is to schedule time for planning on a weekly and daily basis. Think in terms of fire prevention instead of fire fighting.

One helpful technique is to try to schedule your time as much as possible around opportunities rather than problems. It’s tempting to put off taking advantage of opportunities, which usually aren’t urgent, and to focus entirely on problems, which usually are. But this is a recipe for frustration, failure, and perennial crises. Many of those opportunities you tend to neglect are ways of gaining lead time, thus preventing a crisis farther down the road.

Lord willing, we will continue this discussion in our next podcast.

– – – – – – – – –

Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.

PODCAST: Manage Your Time, Part 8 (Get Things Done #82 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #82 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 14:23 says: “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”

Our quote for today is from Pablo Picasso. He said: “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 8 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

What other principles of time management are of particular significance?

I believe you will markedly enhance your effectiveness if you will try to steer clear of the following ten vices: floundering, wheelspinning, fire fighting, vacillating, dawdling, spraying, switching, acquiescing, rehashing, and perfecting. Avoid those errors and I guarantee you’ll gain enough time every day to do most of the things on your so-called “unavoidable procrastination” list.

Would you explain what you mean by each of those terms?

Okay, let’s start with “floundering.” By that I mean that many people fail to focus their efforts in a single direction. The reason usually is that they don’t have clear-cut goals in mind, so they don’t establish any momentum toward specific objectives. They are like a pilot flying without compass, radar, or landmarks. Result: wasted time and effort.

But that’s not very common, is it? Nearly everyone has goals. Most people have in the back of their minds a pretty good idea of what they want to accomplish. Why even mention anything so elementary?

Because a “pretty good idea” isn’t good enough and because “in the back of their minds” isn’t where those goals should be—they should be on paper.

When you reduce your goals to writing you crystallize your thoughts. Instead of a generality like “financial security,” you write down a net worth of a certain amount or a certain level of income; instead of a banal goal like “happiness,” you write down the specific things you want that would make you happy, such as a particular kind of work, or achieving a specific objective; instead of an all-encompassing but imprecise goal like “good health” you direct your efforts to specific targets, such as a weight loss of so many pounds, or getting your blood pressure to a certain level, or establishing a certain schedule for exercise.

Do your goal setting in writing. A pencil and a piece of paper are two of the most powerful tools of time management. Incidentally, I recommend making separate lists of life-time goals and short-range objectives.

Lord willing, we will continue this discussion in our next podcast.

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Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.

PODCAST: Manage Your Time, Part 7 (Get Things Done #81 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #81 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 18:9 says: “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”

Our quote for today is from John Wooden. He said: “Don’t mistake activity with achievement.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 7 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

Why not? Admittedly the schedule doesn’t contain a lot of detail, but it contains the essentials. If you put in too much detail you don’t have the flexibility to adapt to unforeseen events.

More detail isn’t what we’re after. The problem with that schedule is that it lists only events—appointments, meetings, and deadlines. No thought has been given to such questions as, “What should I focus on next week in order to move me toward my goals? What major things should I be concerned with that will benefit my department? What should I be doing to further my career? What future problems can I avoid by scheduling some preliminary work next week, thereby gaining lead time? What are the things that nobody has assigned me to do next week, but that I should assign myself to do, because they really matter?”

In other words, in preparing that schedule you’ve done a good job of listing, but a poor job of planning. You’ve established where you’re going to be at certain times on certain days, but you’ve given no thought to what you really want to accomplish on those days. You’ve constructed a skeleton; now you need to put some flesh on the bones.

So if I were to suggest improvements in that schedule they would not consist of more minutiae, nor would I recommend filling in all the blank spaces; what I would recommend is that you plan to spend at least one substantial block of time each day working on some important but not urgent task (the urgent ones seem to get taken care of automatically). Some of these may be suggested by the items already listed: for example, perhaps it would be wise to block out time Monday afternoon to work on that brochure copy that is going to be due Friday; maybe some time should be scheduled early in the week to work on that budget that must be submitted Thursday; perhaps a little time should be scheduled prior to the conferences with Robertson and Williams, and prior to the meetings and the branch office visit, to do some preliminary spadework. In other words, schedule thinking time and working time as well as meeting time.

Besides the things suggested by your list of deadlines and appointments, there will be other matters that should be assigned specific time periods: projects you’ve been putting off, opportunities you’ve been meaning to take advantage of, planning you’ve intended to do. Just because these things don’t involve deadlines doesn’t mean that they should be carried around in your head in the hope that sometime you’ll remember to get around to them. Put them in writing—and assign them a time slot—or they’ll wind up in limbo.

Lord willing, we will continue this discussion in our next podcast.

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Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.