PODCAST: Bottlenecks, Part 1 (Get Things Done Episode #117 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #117 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. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

Our quote for today is from Stephen Covey. He said: “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Bottlenecks, Part 1.”

A bottleneck can occur in an organization of any size whenever a key person fails to take an essential action, whether because of indecision, laziness, mistaken priorities, stubbornness, or overwork. It is a time management problem of the greatest magnitude since it wastes the time of an entire group of people.

Typical bottlenecks are caused by the corporation executive who refuses to say yes or no to a new idea; the bureaucrat who demands unnecessary paper work before approving a project; the club social committee that can’t decide the details of a dance far enough in advance to give the decoration committee time to do a good job; the boss who delights in finding trivial imperfections in typing and demands that letter be done over; the teacher who waits until the last possible day to assign term papers; the boss who insists on being consulted on every decision made by subordinates but frequently isn’t available for such consultations. The list is interminable. Most people don’t realize how much they thwart the efforts of subordinates and co-workers by failing to respect their time needs.

While a bottleneck can result from a person having too much to do, it can also result from not having enough to do. In that situation many people hoard paperwork, building up a backlog to convince others (and often themselves) that they are busy. Like a tightwad nursing a drink in a nightclub, they can diddle with a project indefinitely, giving the impression that something is happening. In such a case the solution is to give them more to do, not less, and set deadlines. This often works amazingly well as a purgative for a clogged pipeline.

If you are a victim of bottlenecks created by your boss or by others in the organization over whom you have no authority, what can you do?

Plenty. You don’t have to be a victim. Here are five suggestions:

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic 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.