I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #84 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 12:24 says: “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”
Our quote for today is from Leonardo da Vinci. He said: “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 10 of Step 11: “Manage Your Time.”
That sounds easy, but the pressures of the day make it hard to put that advice into effect. Any suggestions on how to make it happen?
Yes, follow the suggestion I made earlier. Beginning immediately, make it an ironclad rule to schedule a block of time every day for something that does not have to be done that day—but that is important in the long run. (Usually it will turn out to be something relating to one of your longrange goals.) Make it a substantial block of time, perhaps an hour. And guard it jealously: whatever urgent tasks you have to do surely can be accomplished sometime during the remaining twenty-three hours.
This one habit can help you to overcome the most pernicious variety of procrastination, which is the postponing of those important (but not urgent) tasks that would move you toward your major goals.
Next among the cardinal sins is vacillation, the habit of being indecisive.
As mentioned earlier, indecision not only delays resolution of the problem at hand, but it also has a debilitating psychological effect.
Ivan Pavlov, the famous Russian psychologist, once demonstrated how immobilizing the effects of indecision can be. He trained a dog to know he was about to be fed whenever a circle of light was flashed on a screen. Whenever the light was elliptical, no food could be expected.
Then Pavlov gradually changed the shape of the ellipse, making it more nearly circular. At first the dog had no problem; it adjusted to the slight modification. But when the circle became almost, but not quite, circular, the dog became extremely upset, undecided about whether it was looking at a circle or an ellipse, expecting to be fed and not fed at the same time. This indecision created inordinate stress, much more intense than that of normal hunger. Pavlov described the dog’s behavior: “It began to squeal in its stand, kept wriggling about . . . and, on being taken into the experimental room, barked violently.”
So decisiveness not only gets things done, but reduces stress and makes you feel better, too. In one of Thornton Burgess’s classic stories for children, a wise philosopher named the Red Squirrel says:
Though right or wrong, you’re bound to find
Relief in making up your mind.
Repeat that little couplet to yourself next time you’re writhing in the throes of indecision.
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.