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You have reached a number that has been disconnected....

January 24th, 2008 at 02:58 pm

The problem with working at home most of the time is that people know you're at home and expect you to drop everything for them.

For example, the house phone has been ringing off the hook today. Because today is the one and only day that I have this week where I'm not running off here or there for whatever reason, I'm trying to plow through a bunch of work projects. But every 10 minutes my mother-in-law or my sister or some unknown person who keeps hanging up without leaving a message has called. I've only answered one of the calls. If I answered all the calls, I would never get work done. And without work, I don't get paid (thus the financial bent here....)

When I used to work in the corporate world, I had an assistant who would run interference for me. If someone came in unannounced, he'd go down to the lobby and deal with them. If my phone rang, he would answer it and either make the problem go away or say I was "in a meeting" until I had time to deal with the person.

The closest thing I have here to an assistant are the two dogs -- neither of whom can talk, but both of whom are really good at chasing away uninvited visitors....

2 Responses to “You have reached a number that has been disconnected....”

  1. Amanda Says:

    When I worked in the corporate world, I used to be my own assistant. If it was someone I didn't want to deal with, I either let it go to voicemail, or answered as an assistant and told them I was in a meeting.

    Oh, the good old days.

  2. HelpMeFriend Says:

    Leave a message stating that you are busy at the moment, but if you leave a message, you are happy to return their call at your earliest convience.

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