Wednesday, April 16, 2008

works for me - telephone hours

april 16 2008

Ever been in the situation that you needed to call someone and couldn't get hold of the person, and when he or she called back you were not available?

Ofcourse email works wonders, but some people simply refuse to use email.

The past years I've found out that limiting the time I'm available works great.
It makes people aware of the time my family needs me, and it also makes them aware of the fact that they need to know why they call me. So I get better formulated calls from teachers and other people from schools.

I limit the time to three times a week an hour between 8 and 10 in the evening.

These hours are mentioned in my emails to school, and I hand out a card when the semester begins to remind people.

Stating it in a positive way makes that people really remind it.

"My family is a very bussy one, so my time is very precious.
When I receive a call I want to be able to listen well, and to take the time to anwer properly.
So you can call me....."

During summertime I have only two hours a week available.
One early in the evening, after dinner, and one rather late.

Ofcourse people can always make an appointment to call at another time.
(But not during dinner!!!)

Works great for me.



  1. I haven't ever thought about putting it in writing...but I DO tell folks not to call me before 2 in the afternoon unless it's an emergency, because we homeschool and I'm not available. I turn the ringer off and turn the volume down on the answering machine. When we are done, I then retrieve my messages. Drives some of my friends nuts, but it's how I schedule my time.

  2. that's something i've thought about doing since i homeschool and am often interrupted by the phone.

  3. What a great idea. I used to do that at work, but I never considered doing at home. Thanks for the tip.

  4. I hate the phone and screen all of my calls (all 3 of them).

    I figure anyone that won't email doesn't really want to get hold of me. ;)

  5. I think I might put this on my answering machine - "I'd love to chat with you, please call back at ____ so I can give you my undivided attention." or something like that

    thanks for the tip

  6. What a great idea. I used to do that at work.

  7. Thanks for the great information.

  8. Sounds like a good idea. The phone can really become a big interruption.


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