LISTEN: Establish An Action Environment, Part 5 (Get Things Done! #56 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.

Psalm 128:1-2 says: “Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. 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 Martin Luther King, Jr. He said: “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 5 of Step 9: “Establish An Action Environment.”

In our last episode, we continued our discussion of the 3D system — Do It, Delegate It, or Ditch It. Today, we address an issue regarding a common distraction — reading materials.

Q: You mentioned having a stack of things to read. Are periodicals and other reading material another exception to the 3D approach?

A: Definitely. You don’t want to “Do” the reading until you have a slack period, you usually can’t “Delegate” it, and you don’t want to “Ditch” it if it is something worth reading. So make a separate stack — away from your work area — of things you intend to read at leisure. But don’t let it become a collection of junk; anything that obviously is not worth reading should be discarded immediately.

And don’t overlook the possibility of heading off some of this reading material before it gets to your desk. Try to get your name taken off mailing lists for publications that don’t really help you. If possible, have most publications routed to a central point, such as a coffee table in the reception area of your office, instead of having them circulated to each individual in the organization. Do all you can to cut down on the amount of nonessential reading matter that flows across your desk.

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 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.