I wish I could contact anyone in any way (other than in person) any time of day. Right now, especially with local business dealings, it’s not socially acceptable to do so. Generally, if it’s before 8 or 9 in the morning, it’s too early to call an individual. Same for after 6, 7, 8, or 9 pm. I wish I could contact anyone in any way (other than in person) any time of day.
- Much of the world is not on an 8-5 schedule, especially not in the same time zone. Maybe it’s better that I call you at 4 am than 8 am, when you’re already at work.
- Email used to be okay at any time of day, but how do I know whether or not it makes a noise or blink on your cell phone and has the same effect as a text message? Same goes for instant messaging and social network messages.
- I might know your regular work schedule, but how do I know if you have off today and are sleeping in? I woke you up with my call at 9 am? Woops, sorry, try to go back to sleep…
- Maybe you don’t have a regular work schedule. Or maybe you work 1 am – 9 am on Mondays and Wednesdays, but you work 5 pm – 1 am Tuesdays and Thursdays. Or any other combination of possible schedules.
- Sometimes email isn’t an appropriate way to contact you. Maybe you don’t do email or you prefer text messages. Maybe you tell me, “Call me as soon as you get the information,” but I get the information at 9:30 pm. Should I call or should I wait 12 hours?
Ideas for Solutions
- If society could instantly catch up with me, I think people would be diligent to turn off the connections and services they don’t want during any time of the day. For example, if you don’t want to receive a call from 9 pm to 9 am, just turn off that part of your phone.
- If you don’t want phone calls after 9 pm but would be willing to text until midnight, your phone should be able to accommodate.
- Maybe you are a strict “no call, no text, turn off the entire phone while driving” person. (Kudos!) You can probably do that now. Oh wait, you’re using your phone’s GPS…
- Do you need to set up a Tungle.me-type of availability schedule for each avenue of communication? I sure hope not!
Until the Future…
I guess I’ll not call you at 5 am or 11 pm or any other time that’s not 9 am – 6 pm (in your time zone). Just know that you can call or text me!
I am available 24 / 7 / 365 because if I don’t want to receive communication at a certain time, I view that as my responsibility to manage.
P.S. You might as well just email me if you don’t need to communicate via voice mail. I get it on my phone anyways… Wait, what’s the difference? Oh yeah, email is searchable and archiveable, which is a plus. (Although I do have Google Voice! … but no voice transcription will ever be perfect.)
P.P.S. Don’t call me after 9 pm or on Christmas or … … … lol