Talking on the Phone

I hate talking on the phone. I would so much rather email. I have to call all these people today, and it is driving me crazy. I have to incentivize between each call because it is so painful for me.


I have always been a fan of passive modes of communication. Those of you who know me well know that I love stationery and I love to write letters and emails. I always have stamps in my wallet. I try to send birthday and Christmas cards. I want to cry when I think about the USPS going bankrupt. I love mail, even though I get nothing of value in my mail. Because I am the only human who loves mail, and I don’t get invited to weddings very often.

As far as active modes of communication, I vastly prefer face to face meetings. In fact, my ideal business interaction is to communicate through email to bring about a face-to-face meeting. (This is also my ideal personal interaction. Seriously.)

How do you all motivate yourselves to accomplish those tasks that you find really draining? Not complex, long-term projects, but the day-to-day stuff?

Candy? A walk outside? A snack? A few minutes online? All of the above?

  1. I only ever make phone calls while I’m out walking. That way I get my walk and I limit my calls to the amount of time it takes to walk around the block. Anyone who doesn’t fit in to that time slot gets a text message or an email.

    • Nice! I like this idea…if only I was every allowed to leave the office. As a small business owner, you have to juggle a lot more than a typical office-worker. I like the idea of time management through activity.

      • My excuse is that I get terrible cell reception at home and no landline. It’s a blessing and a curse.

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