Do the dishes before you leave
Short term missions are a bit out of time and space. They hold their own challenges but while we are on them we get to leave behind many of the routines and responsibilities of home and home office.
Those who remain behind, however, are taking care of things without us and without the excitement of our adventures.
Think through what you normally shoulder – bills, vehicle and furnace maintenance, kid pickups, staff bulletins, IT trouble shooting – and make sure that you’ve done all you can to put things in order before you depart or that someone else has clear guidance on what needs to be done. Be real nice to that person when you get back.
On the other end of the trip you will find that you have lost track of some tasks. Make a “take care of as soon as I return” list so that nothing gets dropped. (At the same time, schedule a couple of recovery days for your return. It hurts to get off the airplane and return to the office the next morning. You won’t be very productive in any case.)
Stay in touch – but not too much
Skype, texting, facebook and emails are both a blessing and a curse for short term missions. They do allow us to stay in touch with home. They provide hooks for conversations on return, help with trouble shooting and help us feel more grounded when out there on our own.
The risk is that they can become a