Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 7 (Get Things Done #101)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #101 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. Isaiah 40:29 says: “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

Our quote for today is from John C. Maxwell. He said: “It is easier to move from failure to success than from excuses to success.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 7 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

11. Delay won’t make much difference.

This is perhaps the most common rationalization of all—and the most erroneous.

Delay does make a difference, nearly always. It diminishes the chance that the task will ever get done; it increases the likelihood that it will be done haphazardly; it robs you of the confidence that comes from knowing that you are completely in control; and it reinforces a bad habit that is sure to cause you trouble in connection with other matters.

On the other hand, there are times when delay is justified. Maybe the timing is bad, maybe more information is needed, maybe more help will be available at a later time, maybe there is something of higher priority that should be done first. If so, base the postponement on a cool, hard-headed decision that delay would have specific advantages—not on the specious argument that it “doesn’t make any difference.”

12. It may be important, but it isn’t urgent.

The greatest mistake you can make is to let your actions be determined solely by urgency, rather than importance; that, in a nutshell, is the pitfall of the perennial procrastinator.

Whenever you have a choice to make between two actions, ask not which is the more insistent, or the more immediate, or the more visible; ask which really matters more in the long run.

Operating out of urgency is exemplified by the Squeaking Wheel method of setting priorities. The squeaking wheel on the wagon demands attention, and perhaps should get it—but it might be wiser to turn attention first to another wheel that is silently carrying its burden, but is about to fall apart.

Over and over again, ask yourself, “Does this really matter in the long run, or doesn’t it?” Then act accordingly.

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.

Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 6 (Get Things Done #100)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #100 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 Wayne Gretzky. He said: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 6 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

9. I don’t feel like doing it now.

Good. That gives you a wonderful opportunity to prove to yourself that you are not a captive of your moods. Select a starting point, take a deep breath, and begin. It’s amazing how quickly a negative mood can evaporate when you take resolute action. Think of your lackadaisical mood not as a reason for delay but as a byproduct of inactivity. So the antidote for such a mood is—you guessed it—activity!

10. I have a headache.

Like many other reasons, this may be a legitimate reason for delay or it may not. Instead of just putting the desired task aside, try to determine the reason for the headache. If it is accompanied by other symptoms, such as impaired vision, nausea, fever, dizzy spells, swelling ankles, or a pounding heart, by all means consult your physician. A headache isn’t always “just in your head,”—it can be a symptom of a number of physical ailments. Or it may result from some external factor, such as bad lighting, noise, inadequate ventilation, poor posture, or an out-of-date eyeglass prescription, in which case the solution is self-evident. Don’t put off doing something about it.

But if it seems to be caused by stress that is related to a particular activity—for example, if you get a headache every time you get ready to begin a certain task your boss has asked you to do—try to pinpoint the real cause of that stress. Is it because you have inadequate tools? Is it because you lack certain information? Is it a result of a double bind—a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situation? Is it because you feel great pressure to perform, but are unsure precisely what is expected? Is it because the task offends your sense of values? Is it because you consider it a waste of your time?

Once you have determined why this particular task gives you a headache, face up to the problem rather than just putting it on the back burner, where it will continue to simmer and produce stress. If it involves your boss, spouse, or an associate, confront him or her and try to work out a solution. Even if you don’t resolve the problem, you can often reduce tension by just getting it out into the open.

Don’t forget, though, that in many cases the best way to deal with a stress headache is just to tackle the job that’s worrying you instead of putting it off any longer. Quite often that turns out to be the miracle cure!

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.

Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 5 (Get Things Done #99)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #99 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. 2 Corinthians 8:11 says: “Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.”

Our quote for today is from John Burroughs. He said: “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 5 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

7. I don’t have my papers with me (or my tools, or my glasses, or my briefcase, or whatever).

Sometimes this is because of a subconscious decision not to have the necessary items with you in order to give yourself an excuse for inaction. Ask yourself why you don’t have what you need and what you are going to do to avoid getting caught again without the required materials. Then, to teach yourself that such avoidance techniques simply won’t work, force yourself to do the best you can right now anyway!

8. Its difficult.

If you let yourself get away with this one, you’re really in trouble. So it’s difficult; so what? You’ve done lots of difficult things before, haven’t you? And will it become any less difficult as a result of delay? The answers to these questions are obvious; the trouble is that the questions don’t get asked.

Never let the difficulty of a task stand as an adequate reason for not acting; force yourself to identify precisely what is to be gained in the long run by delay. In most cases you’ll find you can’t.

The harder something is, the greater the challenge and the sweeter the fruits of accomplishment. There’s genuine satisfaction in victory over hardship—especially if you were on the attack, if you moved in and handled the problem resolutely instead of waiting until circumstances forced you to act.

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.

Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 4 (Get Things Done #98)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #98 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 George Washington Carver. He said: “Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 4 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

5. It’s too early in the day.

Some salespeople make frequent use of this one, believing that it’s better not to make calls before prospects have a chance to handle the mail and get their day started. The successful ones, however, recognize this rationalization for what it is: an excuse for indolence. Waiting for the “perfect” time means squandering a lot of “pretty good” time, which is a luxury none of us can afford. Since the early bird catches the worm, it’s a good idea to begin your day as soon as you can—unless, of course, you happen to be a worm.

6. It’s too late in the day.

Another handy excuse for those who are looking for reasons not to do what they should. To take salespeople again as an example, it’s so tempting to assume that a call on a customer at 4:30 p.m. will be wasted, because the customer is getting ready to leave the office. But successful salespeople know that one of the secrets of success is the extra business they can get by making just one more call every day before quitting, rather than conning themselves into calling only at the “optimum” time. It’s the same in any field: no one has enough time to be able to use only the ideal moments. The remnants of time must be used because they too are precious.

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.

Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 3 (Get Things Done #97)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #97 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 Dale Carnegie. He said: “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 3 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

3. I work better under pressure.

This ploy is one of the most insidious of all the arguments for procrastination. It does, of course, contain an element of truth: most of us, when the pressure is on, do force ourselves to concentrate, to block out extraneous diversions, to “grasp the nettle,” and to do what needs to be done. But a little self-discipline can create just as much pressure while protecting the cushion of time that can be so valuable if something unexpected occurs, or if the job simply takes longer than anticipated.

So create some pressure. Give yourself a deadline, and be tough about meeting it. Take all the legitimate shortcuts that you would take if you were forced to do the job at the last minute. Just because you have the luxury of a little breathing space doesn’t mean that you have to dawdle!

4. Maybe the task will take care of itself if I just ignore it long enough.

Fat chance! Oh, it happens sometimes, I know. You ignore the thump under the hood of your car, and it mysteriously stops, or you postpone the visit to the doctor and the pains in your chest go away. Still, you are left wondering whether you did the right thing. You must weigh the pros and cons, and recognize that although the problem might go away, it might not—and you must consider the possible consequences.

We tend not to do this. We tell ourselves that the matter will take care of itself when objective analysis would lead us to the opposite conclusion. For example, I have never known a leaky faucet to repair itself, or a stack of paperwork to sort itself out, or a basement to clean itself up, or an apology to make itself spontaneously. Yet we act as if we half-expect these miracles to happen!

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.

Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 2 (Get Things Done #96)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #96 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 24:30-34 says: “I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.”

Our quote for today is from Robert Collier. He said: “If you procrastinate when faced with a big difficult problem…break the problem into parts, and handle one part at a time.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 2 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

That’s a pretty impressive list. But most of those reasons could be valid in many cases, couldnt they?

Of course. That’s the trouble with procrastination. It’s so easy to come up with a legitimate excuse and use it where it really shouldn’t apply. To counter this, you must develop an automatic self-dialogue mechanism that will be triggered whenever you are tempted to use one of those phrases. You must ask yourself constantly, “Am I analyzing or rationalizing?”

Let’s take these Top Forty reasons one by one, and examine the kinds of arguments you should consider when you’re tempted to wander down the Primrose Path of Procrastination:

1. It’s unpleasant.
No doubt it is. But is it going to become less unpleasant as time goes on? Quite the contrary: most things get worse when you put them off, and in the meantime you have to put up with a nagging conscience. Honestly now, wouldn’t you feel better if you traded a little discomfort today for the satisfaction of getting that task done, once and for all?
Happiness is crossing off a nasty item on your To Do list.

2. It’s not due yet.
Right! So now you have an opportunity instead of a problem. An opportunity to gain some lead time, to do the job the way it ought to be done, to be in control and to work at your own pace instead of being a slave to a clock or a calendar. And for what it’s worth, you have a chance to score some points with people you work with—your boss, your associates, your subordinates, your customers, your family—who will be impressed with your determination to tackle an unpleasant job and get it over with promptly (which, incidentally, may encourage them to do likewise). More important, you have a chance to score some points with yourself, to build self-esteem by proving to yourself that you’re a
self-starter.

So what are you waiting for?

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.

Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 1 (Get Things Done #95)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #95 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. Ephesians 5:15-17 says: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

Our quote for today is from Thomas Edison. He said: “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 1 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

The recording companies periodically put out a list of the Top Forty hits. If you were to make a list of the top forty excuses for procrastination, what would it look like?

I would guess that the forty most commonly used reasons are:

1. It’s unpleasant.
2. It’s not due yet.
3. I work better under pressure.
4. Maybe it will take care of itself if I just don’t do anything.
5. It’s too early in the day.
6. It’s too late in the day.
7. I don’t have my papers with me.
8. It’s difficult.
9. I don’t feel like doing it now.
10. I have a headache.
11. Delay won’t make much difference.
12. It may be important, but it isn’t urgent.
13. It might hurt.
14. I really mean to do it, but I keep forgetting.
15. Somebody else might do it if I wait.
16. It might be embarrassing.
17. I don’t know where to begin.
18. I need a good stiff drink first.
19. I’m too tired.
20. I’m too busy right now.
21. It’s a boring job.
22. It might not work.
23. I’ve got to tidy up first.
24. I need to sleep on it.
25. We can get by a little longer as is.
26. I don’t really know how to do it.
27. There’s a good TV program on.
28. As soon as I start, somebody will probably interrupt.
29. It needs further study.
30. My horoscope indicates this is the wrong time.
31. Nobody is nagging me about it yet.
32. If I do it now, they’ll just give me something else to do.
33. The weather’s lousy.
34. It’s too nice a day to spend doing that.
35. Before I start, I think I’ll take a break.
36. I’ll do it as soon as I finish some preliminary tasks.
37. My biorhythms are out of sync.
38. The sooner I fall behind, the more time I’ll have to get caught up.
39. I’ll wait until the first of the year and make a New Year’s resolution.
40. It’s too late now, anyway.

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.