LISTEN: Establish An Action Environment, Part 4 (Get Things Done! #55 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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.

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 Burroughs. He said: “I have discovered the secret of happiness – it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 4 of Step 9: “Establish An Action Environment.”

Q: The Three D approach sounds logical, but how do you handle the exceptions? There are some things that can’t be Done, Delegated, or Ditched right now, and which probably shouldn’t go in the To Be Done Today folder either because they are very low priority and perhaps should be handled only if and when there’s a slack period. Should there be a special place for these items?

A: Yes. It is quite true that you should not downgrade your “To Be Done Today” category by including odds and ends that you know won’t be done today and it makes sense to set aside a separate tray or drawer for them. I call mine the Back Burner. (One executive that I know calls it the Procrastination Drawer. I don’t care for that designation myself, because putting something aside while higher priority items are taken care of isn’t the same thing as procrastination.) Another executive calls it his Friday Afternoon file. Whatever you call it, if you limit it to low-priority items, you will find it useful. Some people tell me they find at least half of the things they put in such a category seem to take care of themselves if left alone. But remember, you must set aside some time each week to go through the stack and eliminate the deadwood and handle the rest. Bunching up these low-priority tasks for Friday afternoon seems to work very well for many people.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.