PODCAST: 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.