Proliferation of Files (Get Things Done #144) with Daniel Whyte III

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #144 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 14:23 says: “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”

Our quote for today is from Denis Waitley. He said: “Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, and carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Proliferation of Files.”

When the English merchandising firm of Marks & Spencer began its famous war on paperwork, it discovered that it was able to abolish two-thirds of its files. After the system had been in effect ten years, a key corporate executive said, “I can only remember two instances when we couldn’t find what we wanted.” A small price to pay for the elimination of tons of files!

The reason files get out of hand is that we ask ourselves the wrong question when deciding whether or not to file something. We ask, “Is it conceivable that I might want to refer to this again someday?” The answer is always yes (anything is “conceivable”), so we file everything.

Instead of asking that question, use this one: “If I wanted this item again someday and didn’t have it, what would I do?” Usually you would get along just fine without it. But if it were really needed, there are usually simple ways of getting it. For example, why maintain a file of the company’s employee publications when you know that if you needed a back issue, you could get it by calling the publication office? Why file an announcement from the personnel office that next Monday will be a holiday? Note it on your calendar, then throw away the memo. In the unlikely event that some question arises, you know that a copy is on file in the personnel office, and the worst that could happen would be that you’d have to phone a clerk there for another copy or for the information you need.

Excessive record-keeping is a symptom of insecurity and defensive thinking. It indicates that you are more concerned with documentation than with attaining objectives, more concerned with covering your rear than with making things happen. It’s the breeding ground of bureaucracy.

Someone has noted that there is no rearview mirror on a jet plane because the future is coming at you so fast that you have no time to think about where you’ve been. Life is like that jet plane. Your focus should be on where you’re headed and how you’re going to get there, rather than on preserving and embellishing the records of where you’ve been.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more 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.