PODCAST: Categories of Time Use, Part 1 (Get Things Done Episode #122 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #122 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book. 

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 16:3 says: “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

Our quote for today is from Vince Lombardi. He said: “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Categories of Time Use, Part 1.”

Tasks can be broken down into five categories:

  1. Important and Urgent
  2. Important but Not Urgent
  3. Urgent but Not Important
  4. Busy Work
  5. Wasted Time
  6. Important and Urgent

These are the tasks that must be done immediately or in the near future. Examples: Your boss demands a certain report by 10 a.m. tomorrow. Or your engine blows a gasket. Or the labor pains are three minutes apart. Or it’s April 15 and you haven’t finished your income tax form.

Now, unless these situations all develop simultaneously (God forbid!), you can cope with them. Because of their urgency and their importance, they take precedence over everything else, and procrastination is out of the question. It is not here that we find our time management problems.

  1. Important but Not Urgent

Attention to this category is what divides effective individuals from ineffective ones.

Most of the really important things in our lives are not urgent. They can be done now or later. In many cases they can be postponed forever, and in too many cases they are. These are the things we “never get around to.”

Examples: that special course you want to take to upgrade your professional skills; that new project you would like to suggest to your boss after you find time to do the preliminary fact-finding; that article you’ve beenn meaning to write; that diet you’ve intended to begin; that annual medical checkup you’ve planned to get for the past three years; that visit to a lawyer to have your will drawn; that retirement program you’ve been planning to establish.

All of these tasks have one thing in common: Despite their importance, affecting as they do your health, your wealth, and your family’s welfare, they will be postponed indefinitely unless you yourself initiate action. If your activities are keyed to other people’s priorities, or to system-imposed deadlines that make things “urgent,” you will never get around to your own priorities.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic 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.

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