PODCAST: Use Visible Reminders, Part 4 (Get Things Done #94 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #94 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. 1 Corinthians 14:40 says: “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

Our quote for today is from Mark Twai. He said: “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 4 of Step 12: “Use Visible Reminders.”

Only turkeys procrastinate

Yesterday is a cancelled check: forget it
Tomorrow is a promissory note: don’t count on it
Today is ready cash: use it!

Lead time: The gift that only I can give myself

Due tomorrow? Do today!

Trying to do something and failing
Is better than trying to do nothing and succeeding

Well begun is half done

Get off your duff

If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing now

If it’s to be, it’s up to me

Move ahead or move aside

Winners don’t wait

Choose this day to use this day

Do it or ditch it

There’s a time to work
and a time to play . . .
It’s time to work

If you have to do it—do it now!

Procrastination is the thief of time

Tomorrow is too late

Do the worst first

When tomorrow comes, what am I going to wish I had done today?

Doing gets it done

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step: take it!

Some people prefer to use foreign phrases, such as tempus fugit or carpe diem, because they seem more esoteric—or because the phrases seem more private. (I recall that my father, who as a young man had learned Hawaiian, used to write reminders to himself in that language to insure privacy. Needless to say, it worked.)

Still others like to use initials as reminders. One friend of mine has the letters DIND emblazoned on his desk lamp; if pressed, he will admit that they stand for Do It Now, Dummy! Another executive I know has the letters QFA elegantly engraved on a plaque on his wall. The meaning, politely translated, is Quit Foolin’ Around.

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.