Never answer your phone! The key to efficiency in business and personal life

Never answer your phone! The key to efficiency in business and personal life

When it comes to efficiencies in business life as well as parenting in order to be properly efficient one must disregard the telephone, primarily when it rings.
We experience a plethora of distractions from the time we awake till the time we go to sleep things like advertisements, emails, the needs of other people in our family and our jobs; they can be very distracting, and often times, The stress of this can cause medical concern.
The average individual now operates with a cell phone. There’s a pretty good chance your work relies on you to have a cell phone, or at least a landline. In fact, plenty of us run around with two or even three cell phones at any given time based on the amount of responsibilities we own up to. In the realm of it all it can be quite daunting and inefficient.
In 2019 I took on three different opportunities. I was(am) a work at home father looking after three young daughters under five (opportunity 1), I was(am) a regional sales manager for a large bus company (opportunity 2), and I took a third opportunity with a large franchise to maintain their sales operation (opportunity 3). I had three cell phones; one for each opportunity.
I often reference Jay Z, “more money more problems.” It rings true in the sense that the more cell phones I had the more responsibilities I owned up to (obviously). I work remotely so my jobs require that I maintain a cell phone for each. That being said, even if you don’t have a second cell phone you probably have a landline telephone at work that requires you to answer constantly during the workweek. This type of pressure can lead to inefficiencies in all avenues.
It’s quite simple; people are distractions. Most of their communication doesn’t really equate in our overall happiness. In fact most of it consumes our time and takes away from the more important communication with our families. I don’t have to explain in depth how daunting a random telephone call can be from an Inlaw you don’t like, or how depressing yikes can be speaking to a coworker we don’t like on the telephone. It’s best that you just put their call to voicemail, every time.
There is a form of power that can be measured within every discussion. Think of it; the last time you spoke with your boss – was he in control of the conversation, or were you? Now, think back, did you propose the discussion, or did he? You’ll come to see that whoever struck up a conversation is generally going to be in control of it. There’s a good chance that if you leave their call to voicemail they will leave a message and you can respond to them leaving you in control of the discussion knowing exactly what they want. This tactic will leave you empowered.
Regardless of the time of day, if you receive a telephone call from someone who is not family or in your friendship circle let it go to voicemail. This will instill and understanding that you’re a busy individual. Regardless if you’ve got anything going on or not it’s not them to know nor is it their right to be privy to that knowledge. In fact, there’s a good chance your boss will think you’ve got a big deal on the go — talking to an important client. You can still call the individual back within five minutes (or whatever amount you feel would be respectable) but that’ll give you enough time to muster up an answer in confidence. This is a much better option than winging an uneducated answer because you were caught off guard.
I have a little more leeway in the sense that I work from home and I juggle opportunities. Often times the people who are calling me know that I will be busy but I can guarantee you that 99{e481746ea8be6be64f4ea1269eca37b2626d2a7feb7d55cdaf54c7f459a91701} of the time they call I have nothing else going on other than playing with my kids. 
I usually check my work cell phone every two hours during the workweek. Even that seems like a lot but the average individual checks their phone literally every two minutes. This habitual form of activity definitely persuades optimal efficiency. Studies have shown that the average individual wastes a ridiculous amount of their time during the workday. Part of this is due to lack of interest in their job but you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t trying to be more efficient. And that’s all I do is check my phone. I don’t respond to telephone calls or emails until about half hour after that. In the meantime, I get all my responsibilities done in my business and personal life while thinking about responses. In the end, I am in control of each discussion because I play each discussion on my own time which leaves me in control. Plus I confidently follow up with a more than an educated response.
There’s nothing more important than your friends and family. That’s why you need to focus time for them. Yes, we all have busy schedules and we find it difficult to associate proper time management. But, again, that’s why you’re reading this post. I find it much easier during the work week to focus on my responsibilities if I tune out the noise; emails, telephone calls, etc. This may seem obvious but not a lot of us especially these days tune out technology.
I get that you may not be able to tune out society for an entire two hour duration during the work week but you can try expanding the gaps in communication — perhaps 20 minutes or half an hour gaps. You’ll be amazed what you can accomplish when you aren’t interrupted. Whether you put your phone on vibrate or silence it is your prerogative. You’ll find that most of their inquiries will be answered before you even respond. Worst case, they won’t post such quick access expectation of you next time they reach out.
Seriously, try this! Play video games when they call, and while you’re playing think of an answer is suitable; something somewhat educated. In the meantime they may be fretting but it’ll give you control and time to gain confidence rather than being caught off guard.
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