Time-saving tip, No 30: Remember your phone can call as well as text
Look up the definition of Irish in the dictionary and you’ll probably get; ‘The people of Ireland; Irish people collectively’, closely followed by ‘Addicted to texting’. But it wastes masses of time.
Unless you’re to texting what Usain Bolt is to the 100 metres, you probably use up a lot of your day texting all the time. If only there was another way… like using your phone for what it was originally intended. Make phone calls!
There are countless times when sending a text is just going to illicit about 10 more texts – all of which take precious minutes out of your day. So give ‘em a buzz and get it all sorted in one fell swoop. This can also easily be applied to texting’s internet cousin, emailing.
Imagine the benefits. No need for the unnecessary back and forth. Now, before you label me as some text-hating Nazi, this is only in certain circumstances. And sure if you have the free time you might as well be exercising those thumbs as twiddling them.
This time-saving tip also comes with a bit of a health warning. There are certain times when texting is by far the preferred option. Take for instance calling in sick to work. If it’s at all humanly possible do it by text, ’cause knowing your luck some eejit in the background is going to give the game away.
There’s also the first couple of weeks after meeting a girl you like. Texting is best – it really is. It gives you the time to control and edit your thoughts. Instead of blurting out something idiotic that you don’t want her to know till you’re going out, you can press the delete button and save till later.
Some people are getting so afraid of talking on the phone now that they’ll do anything to avoid it, but why? Talking to the people on the phone will help build up your confidence and make you easier around other people, so it’s win-win really. Get on the blower and save those valuable minutes that could be used doing something you actually want.
Apart from the few instances mentioned above it’s more time efficient to prop the phone up to your ear and have a quick convo. Just remember, your phone does other things than text and internet…