LISTEN: Establish An Action Environment, Part 6 (Get Things Done! #58 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. 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 Theodore Roosevelt. He said: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 7 of Step 9: “Establish An Action Environment.” And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of the book — “Doing It Now: A Twelve Step Program for Curing Procrastination and Achieving Your Goals.” It is available on our website for just $10.

In our last episode, we addressed some of the environmental issues that can either encourage or discourage procrastination. Today, we will look at the benefits that organization has to encourage getting things done.

Q: You also mentioned that having things organized will help reduce the temptation to procrastinate. Exactly what did you mean by that?

I mean that it important to avoid clutter in the workplace.

A neat, orderly workbench, with each tool hanging in its allotted space, is an invitation to get busy, whereas a jumbled aggregation of wrenches, pipes, hammers, clamps, wire, files, pliers, sandpaper, and half-finished projects stifles enthusiasm and encourages delay and diversion.

The same is true in an office. A tidy desk encourages concentration; a disheveled one is a psychological roadblock.

Q: But that’s not always true, is it? Some people accomplish a great deal despite very cluttered desks.

Let’s clarify what we mean by a cluttered desk. We don’t mean one that just has a lot of papers spread out. If a desk is covered with papers which concern the matter at hand, those are working papers, not clutter. Usually, you find that the effective person with a seemingly cluttered desk is merely spreading out working papers. Nothing wrong with that.

But unrelated papers are another matter. They vie with each other for attention, obstructing an orderly, concentrated attack on any one problem. To overcome procrastination, you must resist the tendency to devote time or thought to diversionary matters, and that’s hard to do when miscellaneous letters, reports, regulations, memos, an magazines are spread out all over the place, catching your eye every few minutes and beckoning you down the Primrose Path. Out of sight, out of mind, as the old saying goes: to avoid distraction, put those extraneous papers where you won’t see them.

Now, I must admit that there are some notable exceptions. Not everyone with an untidy desk is ineffective. Some gifted souls are able to rise above environmental chaos and focus on their priorities, but they are rare. For the procrastination-prone person (and that includes you, doesn’t it?), a cluttered environment leads to disorganized thinking, which in turn leads to putting things off.

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I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is 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.


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.

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.