I got a little depressed last week. Rob, my husband, got me a new iPhone and my brother Robert recommended a website where I could download free ringtones. I was so very excited; I started downloading ringtones and got them onto my phone. I was finally going to be able to program my phone so that when people called, I would know who it was without looking at the screen.

I downloaded a dozen cool songs and started assigning people who call me songs that remind me of them… and when I finished programming the phone with songs for all the people that call me, I still had almost half of the tones left. Pathetic, right?

A few days later, I was sharing this with a group of professionals, and we got to chatting.
I do not give my cell phone number out often. Why?
Too often people who are trying to reach you on your cell phone expect you to get back with them very quickly if you miss them. My problem with this is I do not have my phone attached to my hip, always on. I have been known to not touch it for a few days even (which is happening less & less now that I have a smart phone).
I used to get in trouble for not returning calls (because I had not received them yet) so I stopped giving out my cell phone number and began to communicate with my network how the best way to reach me was… What has resulted for me is the FREEDOM to have my phone with me and not worry about it ringing non-stop, and having clients that expected me to be available to them at any time.
I am sure that I have lost a client or prospect because I am not readily available at all times to them, but I have my sanity, and am living a life I LOVE!

What is something that drives you nuts… and could you create it so you no longer had to deal with it?

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About Tiffanie Kellog

Tiffanie loves to help people make more money while saving time, so they can hopefully have more fun!

11 responses »

  1. Paula says:

    Wonder what song you assigned to me 🙂 Paula

  2. If they really want to see you, tell them to show up for Certified Networker, that will filter out what’s important.

  3. Paula says:

    lol and no you are not pathetic, just glad Rob usually has his phone 🙂

  4. No you are not pathetic. Our society has this culture of speed – fast food, overnight delivery, texting – and everyone expects instant gratification. I didn’t go so far as to assign everyone in my phone a different ringtone, but I do look at my phone when it rings. If I am in the middle of a project or another conversation, I’ll let it go to voicemail and will call them back when it is convenient for me. My clients aren’t given my cell phone number, only my friends and referral partners. My clients call the office number and I pay a service to answer the phone and schedule appointments so I am not tied to the office phone all day. I also took back my freedom from the phone.

  5. Great Blog post.

    Yes, taking back our time is important. I posted a blog this week myself along similar lines:

    http://taxhelp.uk.com/blog/can-you-be-in-two-places-at-once-should-you/

    I also stopped giving out my cell phone number last year, and don’t even have it on my business cards.

    I do have a great PA that can answer my calls when I’m not available, so they’re not missed.

  6. Leslie F says:

    Seems like a trivial point, but could we have a link or name of that app? I do use my iPhone often and haven’t done that yet – seems like a great idea.

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