Efficiency Versus Effectiveness (Get Things Done #141)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #141 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination 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 John C. Maxwell. He said: “Efficiency is the foundation for survival. Effectiveness is the foundation for success.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Efficiency Versus Effectiveness.”

The day of the old-fashioned “efficiency expert” is long gone. Today, management consultants think in terms of effectiveness, which is a broader and more useful concept.

Efficiency concerns the best ways of doing an assigned job. Effectiveness, on the other hand, concerns the best use of time–which may or may not include doing the particular job in question.

For example, suppose you have a list of people you must telephone concerning an upcoming meeting. If you were thinking in terms of efficiency, you would consider when would be the best time to call them, whether their names might be put in your telephone’s memory bank in order to save time, whether the list is accurate and current, and so on. But if you were thinking in terms of effectiveness, you would ask yourself if calling these people is what you should be doing right now. You would consider alternative methods of communicating; you would examine the possibility of delegating the task to someone else or perhaps eliminating it altogether so that your time could be used more effectively.

Sound time management involves thinking of effectiveness first and efficiency second. In other words, as someone has noted, doing things right is not as important as doing the right things.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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.

Dictating Machines (Get Things Done Episode #140)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #140 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Matthew 6:34 says: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

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 “Dictating Machines.”

I am appalled— that’s the only word that does it justice—at the number of executives who write out letters and memos in longhand* instead of using a dictating machine.

My informal surveys (taken by a show of hands at time management seminars) indicate that about 60 percent of those who have a secretary to type their letters still use the horse-and-buggy system of a handwritten draft. How archaic! Why should an executive making $80,000 or more a year sit with a yellow pad and a pencil writing ten or fifteen words a minute? One can dictate at five or ten times that speed. In this high-tech world of modems, lasers, laptops, fax machines, scanners, and electronic “mice,” the most underutilized time-saving device is one that has been around for decades: the dictating machine.

Why are so many executives so reluctant to dictate? Mike fright, for one thing: They freeze up when a microphone is in their hand. Perfectionism, for another: They believe they must dictate sentences that will be perfect the first time. And disorganized thinking: They don’t figure out ahead of time exactly what points they want to make.

Some tips that will help you overcome dictaphobia:

1. Make an outline before you begin dictating. After you get the hang of it, you’ll generally skip this step, but in the beginning it helps immeasurably.

2. Dictate a draft rather than a final version. Again, you’ll eventually discontinue this (at least on routine corre- spondence), but initially it helps you relax, knowing that you can revise as much as you want once you see the draft. In other words, don’t edit as you dictate. Just talk.

3. Get good equipment, the best you can afford. Once you graduate from the “draft” procedure you can save a lot of time by editing on the tape. The newer dictation machines permit you to make changes at the exact spot on the tape where an error occurs, without erasing the rest of the recording. Also helpful are such things as warning signals when you are nearing the end of the tape and automatic backup, which repeats the last few words each time you resume speaking, giving you a running start.

Consider getting either a microcassette or minicassette ultracompact portable recorder, which can be car- ried in a shirt pocket. You’ll find yourself using it fre- quently when away from the office, to make notes while driving, and so forth.

4. Practice. This is the most important point of all. Your reluctance to use this high-payoff, time-saving device will disappear as you become more comfortable with it through frequent use, and it will become as much a part of your daily routine as the telephone.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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.

Deskless Office (Get Things Done #139)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #139 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Titus 3:14 says: “And let our’s also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.”

Our quote for today is from Dwight D. Eisenhower. He said: “A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Deskless Office.”

The executive desk: a massive mahogany symbol of prestige and power. How could the leader of a corporation get along without one?

Well, very nicely, according to some people who have tried it.

The idea of a deskless office was first promoted many years ago by Lawrence Appley, former chairman of the American Management Association, who contended that “most desks only bury decisions.” In recent years the popularity of the concept of “Management by Walking Around,” espoused by Tom Peters and others, has caused a renewed interest in the idea of a deskless office. It isn’t feasible for most executives, but some have found it works quite well.

One problem with a desk is that it provides a convenient place for papers to pile up, and the executive’s attention is soon focused on paperwork instead of on what’s happening. By the time a problem has become serious enough to reach the boss in written form, it’s often too late to deal with it effectively.

Consider the jobs of a chief executive: to observe, to analyze, to delegate, to encourage, to decide. A desk isn’t essential to any of those functions, and in many cases they will be better accomplished in someone else’s office or in a meeting or wandering around the plant or sitting in a chair with a clipboard.

Then there’s the psychological aspect. When you have a subordinate seated across the desk from you, there is a psychological barrier between you. It’s sort of a power play: You are the boss, seated in a position of authority, and the subordinate feels appropriately diminished (if that’s what you want—and if you are an insecure leader, it probably is). But a conversational setting without the desk between you creates more of a team atmosphere in which you can exchange ideas and opinions more candidly.

A good analogy is a football coach. The coach doesn’t sit in a plush chair, removed from the bench; he sits on the same bench as the players. And he doesn’t lose any stature or power by doing so. Instead, he builds rapport and a feeling that although he is the boss, he is part of the team. In today’s unpredictable and highly competitive atmosphere, the companies with team spirit are going to be more successful than those where the employees feel like puppets, as they do in a rigidly hierarchical organization.

You may be wondering what all this has to do with time management. Well, the relationships you establish with subordinates will determine to a large extent how you allocate your time, and the more time you spend away from your ivory tower interacting, observing, listening, coaching, and “cheerleading” (to use Tom Peter’s phrase), the more effective you will be. You don’t have to get rid of your desk to do this, but it can help.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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.

Delegation: A Parable (Get Things Done #138)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #138 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Acts 6:2-3 says: “Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.”

Our quote for today is from Simon Sinek. He said: “A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Delegation: A Parable.”

Once upon a time there was a Little Red Hen who owned a wheat field. “Who will help me harvest the wheat?” she asked.

“Not I,” said the pig. “I don’t know how.”

“Not I,” said the cow. “I’m too clumsy.”

“Not I,” said the dog. “I’m busy with some other things.”

So the Little Red Hen did it herself.

“Who will help me grind the wheat into flour?” she asked.

“Not I,” said the pig. “That is another vocation in which I’m untrained.”

“Not I,” said the cow. “You could do it much more efficiently.”

“Not I,” said the dog. “I’d love to, but I’m involved in some matters of greater urgency. Some other time, perhaps.”

So she did it herself.

“Who will help me make some bread?” asked the Little Red Hen.

“Not I,” said the pig. “Nobody ever taught me how.”

“Not I,” said the cow. “You’re more experienced and could do it in half the time.”

“Not I,” said the dog. “I’ve made some other plans for the afternoon. But I’ll help you next time.”

So she did it herself.

That evening when guests arrived for her big dinner party, the Little Red Hen had nothing to serve them except bread. She had been so busy doing work that could have been done by others that she had forgotten to plan a main course, prepare a dessert, or even get out the silverware. The evening was a disaster, and she lived unhappily ever after.

MORAL: A good leader will find a way to involve others to the extent of their ability. To do the job yourself is the chicken way out.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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.

Delegation, Part 2 (Get Things Done #137)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #137 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Luke 16:10 says: “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

Our quote for today is from John C. Maxwell. He said: “If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Delegation, Part 2.”

You don’t have to be a corporation executive to delegate, either. Parents who don’t delegate household chores are doing a disservice to themselves and their children. Officers of a volunteer organization owe it to themselves and the organization to spread the blessings of involvement to as many people as possible. Running a Boy Scout troop can be as time-consuming as running General Motors if you try to do everything yourself.

One caution: Giving subordinates jobs that neither you nor anyone else wants to do isn’t delegating, it’s dumping. And although it may be necessary at times, it doesn’t nourish their egos, encourage them to grow, or enable them to assume the decision-making role that can help to free more of your time. So learn to delegate the challenging and rewarding tasks.

Delegating with strings attached is self-defeating. If you ask someone to prepare a brochure, for example, don’t add a lot of detailed advice about format, typeface, and illustrations. People do a better job and take more pride in it if they can make such choices themselves.

The key to delegation is the word entrust. When you delegate, you entrust the entire matter to the other person, along with sufficient authority to make necessary decisions. This is quite a different thing from saying, “Just do what I tell you to do,” which is treating your subordinates as if they were puppets. Nobody has ever figured out how to motivate a puppet!

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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.

Delegation, Part 1 (Get Things Done Episode #136)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #136 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Matthew 10:1 says: “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”

Our quote for today is from Craig Groeschel. He said: “When you delegate tasks, you create followers. When you delegate authority, you create leaders.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Delegation, Part 1.”

The first recorded example of failure to delegate is found in the eighteenth chapter of Exodus.

Moses, having led his people out of Egypt, was so impressed with his own knowledge and authority that he insisted on ruling personally on every controversy that arose in Israel, a task that kept him busy, as the scriptures say, “from the morning unto the evening.” He served as a one-man teacher, general, legislature, small-claims court, district court, and supreme court, to say nothing of his purely ecclesiastical duties. His father-in-law, a wise priest named Jethro, recognized that this was poor use of a leader’s time. Speaking as the original management consultant, he said, “The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.”

We don’t know what Moses replied at this point, but I suspect that if some future Dead Sea scrolls are uncovered giving the entire conversation, it will be found that Moses responded the way most modern executives do, with something like, “Jethro, thou art absolutely right. I agree with thee one thousand percent. I know that I am wearing myself out, and I would like to delegate more if I could. But confidentially, Jethro, thou hast no idea what a bunch of turkeys I have to work with. Thou simply canst not get competent help these days!”

In any event, we know that Jethro recommended a two-phase approach: First, educate the people concerning the laws and ordinances; second, select capable leaders and give them full authority over all small or routine matters, thus freeing Moses to concentrate on major decisions and long-range planning. The advice is still sound. Too many managers, like Moses, enjoy the feeling of omnipotence that comes from making all the decisions. Not only is this poor management of your own time; it also stifles creativity and smothers growth in subordinates.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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.

Deadlines (Get Things Done Episode #135)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #135 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Luke 14:28-30 says: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.”

Our quote for today is from Diana Scharf. She said: “Goals are dreams with deadlines.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Deadlines.”

You can greatly increase your effectiveness if you simply give yourself a deadline for each task and do your best to stick to it. Most people work better under pressure, and a self-imposed deadline can provide the pressure you need to keep at your task until it is completed. Until you set a deadline for a project, it isn’t really an action program; it is more like a vague wish, something you intend to do some day. The problem is that, as someone has pointed out, “someday is not a day of the week.”

Remember Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” It follows that an assignment to yourself or others should never be open-ended.

Sometimes it helps to announce your deadline so that other people are expecting you to have the work done by a certain time. This increases your motivation.

If the job is complex, give yourself intermediate deadlines so that you can keep working at a steadier rate instead of having a burst of frantic activity just before the zero hour.

Respect deadlines. If you get into the habit of stretching them, they lose their effectiveness both as a motivator for you and as a spur to the people around you.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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.

Day’s End (Get Things Done Episode #134)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #134 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 21:5 says: “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”

Our quote for today is from Steve Jobs. He said: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Day’s End.”

Make it a habit to end every workday by doing three things:

1. Tidy up. Never sentence yourself to start the next day with the ultimate downer, a messy desk.

2. Evaluate your day. Mentally give yourself a grade. Ask yourself such questions as–
– Was I proactive or reactive? Did I initiate or just respond?
– Did I establish a major goal for the day–and did I reach it? If not, why not?
– Did other people intrude unduly on my time, and if so how did I respond?
– Was I guilty of wheel-spinning activities at any time during the day?
– If I could live this day over, what would I do differently?

3. Plan the next day’s activities. Don’t leave work with only a hazy idea of what you’ll do tomorrow. Crystallize your intentions by reducing them to writing. You’ll sleep better knowing that you don’t have a lot of ill-defined loose ends to take care of, and when you arrive at work tomorrow morning you’ll get off to a running start.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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.

Crises (Get Things Done Episode #133)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #133 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. James 4:13-15 says: “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”

Our quote for today is from Lord Chesterfield. He said: “Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Crises.”

Whenever you are faced with a crisis, ask yourself, “What can I do to prevent this crisis from recurring?”

Many of the crises that arise in business or in personal life result from failure to act until a matter becomes urgent, with the result that more time is required to do the job. For example, if you are behind schedule with an annual printing job, you can’t mail your manuscript to the printer, you must hand-deliver it; you can’t wait for proofs to be delivered, you must have someone pick them up; you can’t delegate various tasks in connection with the job, you must do them yourself in order to gain time.

Whenever such a crisis occurs, write yourself a note and put it in your “Future” file to appear on the date you should start working.

Failure to start early enough is only one cause of crises. Others include misunderstandings due to unclear communications, lack of periodic status reports that can serve as an early-warning system, failure to follow through after delegating, and failure to make contingency plans.

Analyze each crisis and see if you can devise ways of preventing a repetition. You’ll find you can save enough time and energy to enable you to deal effectively with those relatively few cases in which circumstances totally beyond your control make it necessary to push the panic button. It is better to solve problems than crises!

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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.

Correspondence (Get Things Done Episode #132)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #132 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 12:11 says: “He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.”

Our quote for today is from Theodore Roosevelt. He said: “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Correspondence.”

How to handle correspondence quickly and efficiently:

1. Have incoming mail screened and sorted, if possible. If you open your own mail, sort as you open (with waste-basket close at hand).

2. Handle each letter only once. Avoid paper shuffling. Do whatever has to be done (checking, forwarding, phoning, replying) immediately instead of postponing action. A good phrase to keep in mind is the 3-D’s: do it, delegate it, or ditch it.

3. If a brief reply is possible, write it on the incoming letter or memo, and fax or mail it back to the sender. Or make a photocopy for the file and return the original.

4. If possible, put your dictation on a tape, belt, or disk.

5. Use form letters and form paragraphs for routine correspondence.

6. Use electronic mail or voice mail instead of paperwork whenever possible.

7. Don’t make frequent revisions. Perfectionism is time-consuming.

8. Get to the point.

9. If you have a long memo, make an outline before dictating.

10. Avoid unnecessary copies. They waste somebody’s time to make, distribute, file, or read.

11. For internal correspondence, try “speed-letter” forms with carbons already inserted and with space for a reply.

12. Don’t write when a phone call will do. Especially if there is something to be negotiated or ideas to be exchanged, do it by phone or face to face instead of on paper. Use memos primarily to announce, to remind, to confirm, or to clarify.

13. Use short, terse words. Don’t perpetrate polysyllabic obfuscation.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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.