PODCAST: Commute Time (Get Things Done #128 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #128 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. Psalm 128:2 says: “For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”

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 “Commute Time.”

In large metropolitan areas it is not unusual to spend an hour on the highway or the commuter train getting to work in the morning, and another hour getting home. According to a study by the Federal Highway Administration, the average commute time in the United States is twenty-two minutes each way, and in metropolitan areas with a population of a million or more, 32 percent of commuters live more than thirty-five minutes from work.

Anything that takes that much time out of your life deserves special attention. Obviously, there are two things to consider: (1) Can commute time be reduced and (2) can commute time be used more effectively?

Mr. Jones drives thirty-five minutes to get to work. His friend, Mr. Brown, lives only fifteen minutes from the office. Mr. Jones doesn’t think of the difference as being very significant–“only a few more miles, and you get used to it.” But do the arithmetic: That twenty-minute difference means forty minutes a day, or three and a third hours per week. Figuring a forty-hour work week, Mr. Jones spends four weeks more than Mr. Brown every year in actual driving time.

Commute time should not be the overriding consideration in selecting a home, of course, but it deserves far more consideration than the average family gives it. A difference of “only” five or ten minutes can be a big difference indeed when figured on a cumulative basis. And environmental concerns give everyone an added incentive to take a long, hard look at driving distances.

As for the second point, the most effective use of commute time varies with each person. Listening to whatever happens to be on the car radio is seldom the best way to spend this time. More productive uses might include listening to a cassette designed to increase professional skills; replaying your “Dutch Uncle” tape; getting your thoughts in order for a morning staff meeting; or analyzing business or personal problems or opportunities. Or it may be that just relaxing to music would be a good use of your time on this particular day. On the other hand, if the weather is bad or the traffic heavy, your best bet, of course, would be to concentrate totally on your driving.

The important thing is to avoid using commute time in a way determined by inertia or by habit. Consciously decide how you would prefer to channel your attention during the trip. You’ll be surprised how much can be obtained from those otherwise wasted moments.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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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