You know, having a cell phone can be a curse these days. My cell keeps on ringing nonstop all day. I really wouldn't mind if it was restricted to just office hours but these days I get people, especially clients calling me till very late at night.
I don't know about you but unless you're a good friend of mine, I don't normally call people after office hours and especially to talk about work stuff. I find that after office hours is your own personal time and people should really respect that. I don't mind if it is an emergency but calling me to talk about work stuff is really not right.
And the calls are not limited to just a few hours after work, I get clients calling me as late as 11pm onwards. I don't own a land line cos I think it's a waste of money, especially with how cheap cell phone calls are these days so I depend on my cell considerably and I don't switch off my phone till I'm about to go to bed.
But just because my cell is on doesn't mean I should be getting calls about work stuff. Aiyooo, please la respect my off time. Once or twice, I can understand but these days my phone keeps on ringing nonstop that I feel like immersing it in a bucket of ice cold water. If my cell didn't cost me two thousand bucks I would really do it even!
Even wifey is getting annoyed with all the calls I get cos sometimes when we're chit chatting, we'd get interrupted a million times just from calls to my cell phone alone. If it isn't a client asking about his delivery, it's another client asking about his installation tomorrow ... siggghhh ...
Why can't people wait till the next morning when work starts to call me and ask me about work related matters? It's not like I can really do anything at that time of night even if they wanted something urgent right ... well, I suppose I could but that's beside the point. My personal time is my personal time and people should respect that.
And mind you, this is not just isolated to phone calls alone, you don't even want to know the amount of text messages I get in one day. The moment I switch on my phone in the morning, I'd get a host of text messages and they won't stop till I switch off my phone. Sometimes I feel like just putting my phone in clamps and hiding it away deep under the bed. Maybe I should just do what wifey says and don't bother answering my calls after office hours.
But then, when you work for yourself, you don't even have the luxury of doing that for fear of missing out on some billion dollar (yeah, right!) deal. But I just hope people would really have the courtesy to keep office talk for office hours. If you call me as friend after work I really don't mind but please don't call me to talk about more work