themselves besieged by people with problems. Take advantage of unexpected Have a particular place you keep things
Stewardship of Self for If these Christian workers are not able to take opportunities. When an appointment is (like keys, books, folders) that you will
Cross-Cultural Workers: control of their time, they will soon find cancelled, do something else that needs to need to take with you when you leave so
themselves burning out, thus being of little use be done. that you do not have to spend time
Time Management in a for the work of the kingdom of God. Do nothing. Just sit with the project for looking for them when you are ready to
Time-Oriented Culture Following is a collection of time fifteen minutes and look at it. That may walk out of the house.
management tips grouped into several motivate you to get going or allow a plan
categories. to begin to develop in your mind. Keep Going (interruptions)
Since the time of Jesus, those who
work for him have found themselves very Change nothing. You have survived so
busy and have needed to manage their time. Get Started (procrastination) far with your procrastination, and starting Once you have started, you may find
As revealed in the book of Mark, Jesus at the last minute may just be your style if it difficult to keep going because of
himself seemed to be in control of his time. In People have different reasons for their you consistently finish on time in the end. interruptions. The following tips often work
the dark of early morning after a busy evening procrastination, so different strategies may be Decide beforehand how well the task in a time-oriented culture.
Jesus rose early, left the house and went off by needed to counteract these different causes. needs to be done. For some people Publish and/or post your open-door office
himself to pray. When his disciples found For example, a person who procrastinates cleaning the cabin means sweeping the hours; then keep them faithfully. People
him and told him that everyone was looking because of feeling overwhelmed would need a floor. For others it means sweeping and will learn to respect them if they can
for him, he said, “Let’s go somewhere else…” different strategy from one who does so mopping the floor. For still others it reliably find you there for open-door time.
(Mark 1:35-38). He said no to some people to because of getting a “rush” from hurrying means removing the cobwebs from the Use “DO NOT DISTURB” signs, and
make time for others. around just to get the job done on time. A crawl space beneath the floor as well. even lock your door. People expect you
Later the crowds surrounded Jesus person who procrastinates because of Work with a partner, a non- to be involved in counseling and other
and his disciples and kept them so busy that perfectionistic tendencies would need a procrastinating one. Give that partner situations where you should not be
they were not even able to eat. When Jesus’ different strategy from one who does so to permission to prod you on without your interrupted.
family heard about the tremendous time avoid responsibility. The following strategies resenting it. Let their strength compensate Group interruptions. If someone is
pressure on him, they came to take charge, but may help you get started. for your weakness. coming to fix your telephone, try to
they could not reach him either, so they sent Break a seemingly impossible large task schedule the copier repair and the plumber
someone in to call him out. That time he into smaller sections. Then plan and Get There (out of the house on time) at the same time.
stayed where he was teaching even when they schedule times to tackle these more Go to a different place where you are
told him that his family was there for him manageable sections. Some people get started on the task unavailable because no one knows where
(Mark 3:29-33). He did not stop teaching just Start with the most difficult part first if but have difficulty getting where they are to find you. Jesus frequently went off by
because his family came. you are the kind of the person who likes to going. The following strategies may help you himself or with his disciples.
Still later after his disciples had been get the worst out of the way first. get out of the house on time. Use e-mail to conduct routine “business,”
called, instructed, commissioned, sent out on Start with the easiest part first if you are Prepare ahead of time. At the latest be and turn off the announcement on your
an evangelistic crusade, and returned, there the kind of person who needs the reward ready the night before. computer that says, “You have mail.”
were so many people around that they again of completing some part to encourage you Make a list of the things you need to do, Have a professional evaluate you for
did not have time to eat. Again Jesus asked to go on to the next step. including a realistic time estimate for each ADD/ADHD if interruptions distract you
them to come to a quiet place with him and Reward yourself each time you complete task that needs to be done. Then add up more than they seem to distract others.
get some rest. They went away by themselves a part of the task, no matter how small. all the times to make sure you leave Have an agenda for every meeting, and
in a boat to a solitary place (Mark 6:7-32). Go on to another part of the task when enough to complete the task. direct interruptions to the “new business”
All these examples demonstrate that Jesus you get stuck on one part. Come back to Set an alarm for 10-15 minutes before you section of the meeting.
took control of his time. complete the one you were stuck on after have to leave to give you warning to do Although it may seem artificial at first,
To this day cross-cultural workers, you have had some time to think it over. last minute things. conduct your meetings using Robert’s
pastors, and other Christian workers find
Rules of Order so that you can deflect Purchase a phone with portable responsibilities to others (Exodus 18).
interruptions without people taking it headphones so that you have both hands Jesus sent his disciples out to preach and Stewardship of
personally. free to do other things while talking on the heal (Mark 6, Luke 9). The Twelve
phone. delegated responsibility to seven more Self for Cross-
Keep Going (telephone calls) Remove your phone from the jack or turn (Acts 6).
off the ringer if you do not want to be
Always carry something with you to do.
You may get caught in traffic; someone
Although the telephone can be a time
saver, it can also be an interrupter as well.
These tips can minimize those interruptions. Use a Timer (or clock)
may be delayed for an appointment with
you, and so forth.
Have someone else answer the phone for
you. In a time-oriented society, we must
Ask people to pray for you related to your
use of time.
in a Time-Oriented
Use the phone to call ahead to make sure
others are expecting you for
certainly talk about using our time technology.
Have a clock in every room so that
Have an accountability partner hold you
responsible for your use of time. Culture
appointments. everyone can potentially be aware of the Get help from someone who is naturally
Use answering machines. time. gifted at planning and organizing. Ron Koteskey & Marty Seitz
Leave messages for others on their Set an alarm for the end of the estimated Learn how to multitask; do several things
answering machines. time for completing a task. It will remind at once.
Use your answering machine to you that you are taking longer than Save time by organizing things other than
screen your calls before answering. expected. time.
Get an answering machine that allows Set the alarm, and play “beat the clock” to Develop an organizational system for
people to leave long messages if they see if you can get the task done before the paper (mail, books, files, etc.).
want to get a message across to you alarm goes off. Order your financial records and
without calling back. (This may be Set multiple alarms of a watch timer at budget.
problem for youth pastors whose 15-minute (or other times) intervals so Organize your physical space so you Visit the following web site for more
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they have to listen to the whole tape to Set the alarm to signal that it is time to Good stewardship of time involves
make sure there are not other move on to the next task. budgeting time, just as you would money. Ronald Koteskey
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When you answer the phone say, “I only it is all right to leave. Remember that Jesus much total time you have available and what
have ____ minutes to talk.” himself at times said “goodbye” and left. He percent of it you will spend on each priority. New Hope International
When the conversation has gone about as got away by himself and spent time alone with For example, as you would make a list
far as it needs to, say, “Before I hang the Father. of expenses to budget your money, it may be
up…” helpful to make a list of items for your time
budget and assign a percent of your available This brochure may be reproduced without
Set a timer to go off so that the person on Miscellaneous tips change and in its entirety for non-commercial
the other end can hear it and say, “I’ve got time to each. You may decide what percent of
your time each day or week you can routinely purposes without permission.
to go.” Delegate tasks to others. Jethro urged devote to prayer, study, exercise, maintaining
Moses to delegate some of his relationships, household chores, etc.