PODCAST: Manage Your Time, Part 6 (Get Things Done #80 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #80 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 20:4 says: “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.”

Our quote for today is from Alexander Graham Bell. He said: “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 6 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

Would you give an example of what you mean by that?

Sure. Suppose you are an office worker. You sit down on Friday afternoon and make your schedule for the coming week, which looks like this:

Monday
9 to 9:30 a.m. Attend staff meeting
Noon Lunch with Jim and Sue
3 P.M. See Robertson

Tuesday
8:30 a.m. Leave car for tune-up
11 A.M. Attend departmental planning conference
2 P.M. Attend personnel committee meeting
5:15 p.m. Pick up car

Wednesday
10:30 a.m. Dental appointment
Noon Luncheon club meets
2 to 5 p.m. Monthly visit to branch office

Thursday
10 A.M. Attend computer orientation briefing
Noon Lunch with boss
Budget due today

Friday
9:30 a.m. Meet with Williams
Copy for brochure due at printer
Weekly report due

That schedule is typical of the “planning” most people do. I don’t consider that planning at all. It’s better than nothing, I suppose, but it isn’t sufficient. You’re not controlling your time.

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.

Manage Your Time, Part 5 (Get Things Done #79)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #79 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 21:17 says: “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.”

Our quote for today is from Calvin Coolidge. He said: “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 5 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

Would it really, though? Efficiency is fine, but how much time could a person actually gain?

Well, it’s impossible to quantify, of course, but in my seminars I promise people they will pick up at least two hours a day by practicing the principles of effective time management. That must be a fairly reasonable figure—I’ve made that promise to thousands of people, and so far none have told me they followed my suggestions and they didn’t work.

Two extra hours a day admittedly would make quite a dent in anybody’s list of untackled tasks. How does one go about it?

The first principle to understand is that you will never be effective if you go through life “playing it by ear,” always just doing whatever seems most important or most urgent at the time. You must plan far enough ahead that the exigencies of the moment are not nipping at your heels, distracting you from long-range considerations.

Toward the end of each week sit down with a pencil and paper—or with your desk calendar, your personal computer, or other scheduling device—and do some planning for the upcoming week. And don’t just plan events—plan activities as well.

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

– – – – – – – – –

Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manage Your Time, Part 4 (Get Things Done #78)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #78 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 27:1 says: “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

Our quote for today is from Martin Luther. He said: “How soon not now, becomes never.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 4 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

So you’re saying that one way to get these things done is simply to plan to do them. That’s not an especially profound idea!

Profundity is not what we’re concerned with. We’re concerned with what works.

Look: the reason Mr. Jones has not cleaned out his attic for the past five years, even though he’s been “meaning to get around to it” all that time, is that never once during those five years has he said to himself, “Next Saturday morning is attic-cleaning time. I’m not going to go shopping, I’m not going to work in the yard, I’m not going to sleep late—I’m going to clean out that damned attic.”

This solution to the problem may not seem dramatic or innovative, but it gets the attic cleaned out. What more can you ask?

Okay. But suppose a person has done the things you’ve mentioned, but still finds there arent enough hours in the day to do everything that seems worth doing. Any further suggestions?

Yes, indeed. You may not be able to increase the number of hours in the day, but there are things that can be done to use the available hours more effectively, freeing up time for other things.* Everyone drifts into inefficient practices that gobble up lots of time, without any compensating benefit in terms of achievement, relaxation, or anything else. If we can establish more efficient habits we can recapture time that can then be reallocated to such things as the roses, the dog, the lamp, and all the rest. That could go a long way toward solving the problem of “not enough hours.”

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

– – – – – – – – –

Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manage Your Time, Part 3 (Get Things Done #77)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #77 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. Romans 7:20-21 says: “Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.”

Our quote for today is from Byron Pulsifer. He said: “Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 3 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

So you’re saying that it’s important to establish priorities.

No, it’s more than that. You’re establishing what Peter Drucker calls “posteriorities,” identifying those things that should not just be shuffled around on your list but should be removed from it entirely. That’s much harder to do, but it’s the only way you can simplify your life. Otherwise you’re nagged eternally by conflicting and unrealistic demands on your time.

Okay, so we’ve located a “posteriority”—the birdhouse—and eliminated it. That still leaves us with lots of tasks on the back burner. What’s next?

We talked earlier about the fact that many chores can be classified either as important or as urgent—or both. But there are some that are neither, yet need to be done. They don’t loom very large in the grand scheme of things, and there’s no pressure to get them done immediately—but they can’t be ignored. After all, if you devote time only to matters of cosmic importance, you’ll go through life without ever clipping your toenails! So we have the problem of taking care of the “housekeeping” activities: the cleaning, mending, fixing, oiling, grooming, tidying, organizing, and so on. Or, in the workplace, doing the routine paperwork.

Many chores of that kind are automatically handled on an ad hoc basis, of course, just filling in odd moments. But procrastination usually keeps some of them forever on the back burner. When that happens, your best bet is simply to schedule a block of time, well in advance, to be allocated to that chore: “Saturday morning I’m going to clean out the attic,” or “Tuesday evening I’m going to organize my recipe file,” or “every Friday afternoon I’m going to catch up on my expense report and my filing.”

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

– – – – – – – – –

Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manage Your Time, Part 2 (Get Things Done #76)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #76 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 George Bernard Shaw. He said: “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 2 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

That’s a cheap shot, if you’ll permit a candid observation. The question we’re considering is, “How do you do all these things?” And you respond by saying, “Just don’t.” Not very helpful!

Be patient—we’ll find time for those that matter, but first we want to make sure that they really do matter. Let’s face it —it’s possible to bite off more than you can chew, to assign yourself more things than can possibly be done. Someone has said that when people pray, they are usually saying, in effect, “Please, God, fix it so that just this once two plus two will equal five!” That’s what you’re doing when you say, “I want to do more in twenty-four hours than can be done in twenty-four hours. Show me how.” Well, I’ll show you how to do the things that are really important to you, but the first step is to eliminate those that aren’t.

For example, looking over the list you just gave, suppose you decide that everything on the list is unquestionably worth devoting time to—except maybe the birdhouse. You decide that instead of building the birdhouse maybe you could buy one. Or talk your kid into making one. Or pay the boy next door to build you one. Or perhaps just forget the whole thing and let the birds fend for themselves.

When you cross off that item you’ve accomplished two things: you no longer have the guilty feeling that you’re procrastinating on that birdhouse project, and you have eliminated the possibility that you might spend an hour building a birdhouse when the time would have been better spent pruning the roses or fixing the lamp.

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

– – – – – – – – –

Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manage Your Time, Part 1 (Get Things Done #75 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #75 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. James 4:17 says: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

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 1 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”

You’ve talked a lot about procrastination resulting from such things as fear, indecision, fatigue, unpleasantness, lack of self-discipline, and so on, but you’ve said nothing about what some people would consider the most common cause of all.

What’s that?

Lack of time. The reason something is postponed often has nothing to do with any mental block—it’s just that there’s no time available. So we have what might be called unavoidable procrastination.

Unavoidable procrastination? That sounds like a term invented by someone looking for an excuse to goof off.

Well, what else can you call it? If you have more to do than you can possibly get done, something’s got to give. Some of those activities, no matter how much you’d like to do them, must be postponed. Call it what you will, delay is unavoidable. And since this happens every day in the lives of millions of people, there’s a lot of unavoidable procrastination going on.

There’s a lot of procrastination going on, that’s for sure, but before we call it unavoidable let’s take a closer look. What kinds of activities are you talking about?

Simple things, like pruning the roses, grooming the dog, fixing the lamp switch, organizing the bookshelves, getting a haircut, having the brakes adjusted, building a birdhouse, playing volleyball at the Y, defrosting the refrigerator, reading Huckleberry Finn, playing the piano, shining some shoes—the list is endless. Things you genuinely want to get to, either because they’re fun or because you’d like to get them taken care of, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day. So you put them off. What else can you do?

Plenty. First, before we talk about pruning the roses, let’s talk about pruning our list. Look it over carefully, item by item, and ask if there aren’t some things that could be crossed off, not because they are worthless or undesirable but because in view of the limitations of time and the relatively minor satisfaction they provide they should be eliminated to make way for something else.

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.

Consider Deliberate Delay, Part 12 (Get Things Done #74 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #74 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 21:17 says: “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.”

Our quote for today is from Francis Bacon. He said: “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand—and melting like a snowflake.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 12 of Step 10: “Consider Deliberate Delay.”

Look over your four lists and ask yourself whether you have included some things that don’t belong there—things you’re not really procrastinating on, but that you are deferring for very good reasons.

Be careful. Keep in mind that overuse of this procedure of justifying delay is what causes a large portion of your (and the world’s) problems, so give each item a rigorous examination.

Having identified any that may qualify for that coveted designation of Deliberate Delay, cross them off your procrastination lists. But don’t just let it go at that. Establish a timetable for action on those items. Give yourself a deadline for taking them off the back burner, and note that deadline on your calendar or in your tickler file.

This process serves two purposes: it forces you to crystallize your thinking about these tasks, to determine which category they really belong in and why; and it leaves you feeling differently about the things still on your lists. No longer can you tell yourself that some of them can be postponed in good conscience, because everything in that category has been removed. Each item on the list now is an example of stark, unmitigated procrastination, and you have no choice but to face up to that fact and stop kidding yourself.

So go over your lists and extract any items that don’t belong there. Then if you neglect them further you can say you’re doing it ”benignly.”

Do it now.

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.