This Is My Phone Policy

Published by unpopular demand.

Cover photo: @jerrysilfwer

Yes, I have a phone policy.

When I went to school, my his­tory teach­er once caught me check­ing my phone dur­ing class. He asked me what all slaves through­out his­tory had in common.

That someone owned them,” I suggested.

That they were always avail­able,” he said.

I’ve com­piled a phone policy to keep my life in check (and avoid slavery). 

Here we go:

My Phone Policy

My Phone Policy

I’ve com­piled a per­son­al phone policy to keep my incom­ing calls in check (and avoid slavery). 

Rules For Not Answering the Phone

I’m not going to answer my phone when:

  • I’m with friends and family.
  • I’m in traffic.
  • I’m think­ing about import­ant things.
  • I’m in a meeting.
  • I’m writ­ing or creating.
  • I’m sleep­ing (or hav­ing sex).
  • I’m at the gym.
  • I’m in the bathroom. 
  • I’m doing house­work (laun­dry, cook­ing, clean­ing etc.)
  • I’m med­it­at­ing or image stream­ing.
  • I’m listen­ing to music (or dancing).
  • I’m eat­ing.
  • I’m watch­ing Twin Peaks.
  • I’m watch­ing Star Wars.
  • I’m gro­cery shopping.
  • I’m in nature with my cam­era.
  • I’m drop­ping off or pick­ing up my son at kindergarten.
  • I don’t feel like talk­ing on the phone.

Rules For Answering the Phone

I will answer the phone when:

  • I’m close to my phone when it rings; none of the above scen­ari­os applies, and the phone num­ber belongs to someone I genu­inely feel like talk­ing to.
  • I’m get­ting a call from my son’s kindergarten.
  • I’m get­ting a call from wifey.
  • I’m get­ting a sched­uled call.

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The Magic of Text Messages

Luckily, my boss says being avail­able for unsched­uled phone calls is not part of my job descrip­tion. 1My boss? Hmm, that would be me.

Is there a poten­tial crisis?
Send me a text message:

Jerry. Code red. Can you make your­self avail­able for a quick call?”

Yes. If you’re a cli­ent and you text me like that, I’ll be in DEFCON 1!

Still, I’ve got­ten the occa­sion­al remark due to my phone policy:

Jerry. I called you but did­n’t answer, so I took my busi­ness elsewhere.”

Well, there’s no issue here.

Because we shouldn’t have a pro­fes­sion­al rela­tion­ship if you think my expert­ise is so eas­ily replaced. It’s a prob­lem that sorts itself out, one could say.

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Thanks for read­ing. Please con­sider shar­ing my pub­lic rela­tions blog with oth­er com­mu­nic­a­tion and mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sion­als. If you have ques­tions (or want to retain my PR ser­vices), please con­tact me at jerry@​spinfactory.​com.

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1 My boss? Hmm, that would be me.
Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer, alias Doctor Spin, is an awarded senior adviser specialising in public relations and digital strategy. Currently CEO at Spin Factory and KIX Communication Index. Before that, he worked at Kaufmann, Whispr Group, Springtime PR, and Spotlight PR. Based in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Cover Photo

The cover photo isn't related to public relations; it's just a photo of mine. Think of it as a 'decorative diversion', a subtle reminder that there is more to life than strategic communication.

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