PODCAST: Bottlenecks, Part 2 (Get Things Done Episode #118 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #118 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. Proverbs 6:6-8 says: “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.”

Our quote for today is from Peter Drucker. He said: “Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Bottlenecks, Part 2.”

1. Be a squeaking wheel.

Remind, hint, beg, cajole, plead, write memos. Stop muttering to yourself and take some action. Keep in mind that to get anything done in this world you must be willing to make a nuisance of yourself if that’s what it takes.

One thing that can make this process more palatable is to get advance permission to nag. For example, you might say, “Boss, the deadline for the monthly report always seems to sneak up on us. I know how busy you are–would it be helpful to you if I were to remind you about the twenty-fifth of the month so you can start getting your material together?” Any boss will agree to that, of course, so now you have a mandate to initiate action: “Boss, you wanted me to remind you about the monthly report. Today’s the twenty-fifth. Is there anything I can do to help you?”

2. Bypass the system.

I know of a department head in the San Francisco city government who wanted a partition removed from his office several years ago. The appropriate inspectors came and analyzed the situation, determined that the work would cost $1,500 and would take two weeks to complete. The following Saturday morning the department head and three of his workers removed the partition, repaired and painted where necessary, and finished the job in two hours, at no cost to the taxpayers. They no doubt had broken a few union rules, some safety regulations, and a couple of civil service requirements–but they got the job done.

Remember Hooper’s Law: In a bureaucracy it’s always easier to beg forgiveness than to get permission.

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.