Does anyone remember getting the yellow pages dumped on our front doors wrapped in plastic and creating a mess of junk we didn’t want?
How about this…does anyone remember borrowing someone else’s computer to check our email?
When was the last time someone asked to check their email from our computer? It was before the smart phone revolution that is for sure.
Now that we are all getting our emails on our smart phones we are no longer tied to desk top computers and we have the freedom to check our emails wherever we are whatever the time of day or our location.
The best part of no longer being tethered to our desktops is the same thing that is wrong with it. We are never out of touch. Never being out of touch is pretty darn close to being on a leash that wraps around the world twice. There is nowhere to get away from people and get something done that requires our 100% attention. People that we work with that don’t believe in a degree of separation and may have some boundary issues are likely to demand that we are on call at all times of the day and night.
In the same way that people who live on Facebook don’t understand those that don’t feel the need to share their every action and point of interest.
We need to let people that we are working with that sometimes we can’t get to our phones because of a promise that we made to our other clients or our family. This can also be done by setting up a voice mail that tells them “If it is after 9:00 PM, I may not be able to get back to you until tomorrow. But please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible”
This can stop that nagging feeling that we have that compels us to answer the phone at 10:00 at night because we know that they know we are able to see who is calling and we are not answering because we need to have some personal time as well.