I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #81 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. Proverbs 18:9 says: “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”
Our quote for today is from John Wooden. He said: “Don’t mistake activity with achievement.”
Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 7 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”
Why not? Admittedly the schedule doesn’t contain a lot of detail, but it contains the essentials. If you put in too much detail you don’t have the flexibility to adapt to unforeseen events.
More detail isn’t what we’re after. The problem with that schedule is that it lists only events—appointments, meetings, and deadlines. No thought has been given to such questions as, “What should I focus on next week in order to move me toward my goals? What major things should I be concerned with that will benefit my department? What should I be doing to further my career? What future problems can I avoid by scheduling some preliminary work next week, thereby gaining lead time? What are the things that nobody has assigned me to do next week, but that I should assign myself to do, because they really matter?”
In other words, in preparing that schedule you’ve done a good job of listing, but a poor job of planning. You’ve established where you’re going to be at certain times on certain days, but you’ve given no thought to what you really want to accomplish on those days. You’ve constructed a skeleton; now you need to put some flesh on the bones.
So if I were to suggest improvements in that schedule they would not consist of more minutiae, nor would I recommend filling in all the blank spaces; what I would recommend is that you plan to spend at least one substantial block of time each day working on some important but not urgent task (the urgent ones seem to get taken care of automatically). Some of these may be suggested by the items already listed: for example, perhaps it would be wise to block out time Monday afternoon to work on that brochure copy that is going to be due Friday; maybe some time should be scheduled early in the week to work on that budget that must be submitted Thursday; perhaps a little time should be scheduled prior to the conferences with Robertson and Williams, and prior to the meetings and the branch office visit, to do some preliminary spadework. In other words, schedule thinking time and working time as well as meeting time.
Besides the things suggested by your list of deadlines and appointments, there will be other matters that should be assigned specific time periods: projects you’ve been putting off, opportunities you’ve been meaning to take advantage of, planning you’ve intended to do. Just because these things don’t involve deadlines doesn’t mean that they should be carried around in your head in the hope that sometime you’ll remember to get around to them. Put them in writing—and assign them a time slot—or they’ll wind up in limbo.
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.