When do most of your interruptions occur? Early in the morning? Right after lunch? First of the week or last of the week?
Most of our work interruptions occur in cycles. Clients call more at some times than others. The boss is more likely to drop a surprise project on us right after staff meeting on Wednesday. The baby wakes every afternoon around 2:00.
If we can identify when interruptions are most likely to occur, we can avoid scheduling big projects during those time and avoid a lot of frustration.
God created the universe and all of nature to operate on predictable cycles. While cycles of human behavior are not a predictable as the planets, there generally are patterns we can discern and plan around. Taking those cycles into account when planning our days and weeks will give us a starting point for planning projects at times we aren’t likely to be disturbed. And working uninterrupted is a smart way to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.