Please, don't call me
I get nagged for never answering my phone. Whilst not 100% true, I do admit to ignoring most unscheduled calls.
And just to make myself really clear, I am only talking about unscheduled calls.
Let me tell you why I don't pick up:
I need to focus
Did you know, every time you break from your work, it takes an average of 23 minutes to get back into whatever you were doing.
Now, if you're a larger company who's lucky enough to employ a secretary to do just that, great. But don't forget, it's just me running this joint.
If I answer 4 calls, thats approximately one quarter of my working day gone.
By not picking up my phone, I’m getting projects done faster.
I probably won't have a pad and pencil
Which for me, unfortunately, means it will go in one ear and out the other.
In this case, sending me an email will ensure I have the correct information for the job.
Don't Worry - You can still get in touch just as fast
I have 4 dedicated times throughout my day to stop work and read/reply to emails.
8.00, 11.00, 14.00 & 17.00
I also have an urgent message page that pushes instant notification to every contactable device I own.
There tends to be this idea that if something is urgent, it’s better to phone, but this simply isn’t true.
If I’m in a meeting, I certainly won’t answer my phone. I will, however, see your urgent message pop up, stop my meeting and tend to whatever the emergency may be.
To sum up:
Need to speak? Just ping me an email/text first to let me know what you need. We can arrange a time to chat and you will have my undivided attention.
Is it urgent? Message me.