Time and again I have heard people gripe about unanswered/unheard messages and failure to listen and call back. The #1 excuse I hear is "I don't have time."
I always have time to listen to a voicemail.
Always. I will pull off the road, park the car, give full attention to the phone, read texts, and listen to voicemail.
Time is not a issue. = It's about attention. =
Do you give your full attention to messages and their content? Do you think about it for a moment before rushing to call or complain? I am not James Bond standing over a nuclear bomb with 20 seconds to detonation - I HAVE TIME. More importantly, I will take the time to listen to a message or read a text. It is my habit to check for texts, messages before I drive away. ( I start the car first to get the AC going in 110 degree Phoenix ).
Here is the issue: Despite our abundance of electronic toys and automated messaging systems and alerts ... sometimes a notifications does not show up quickly. Sometimes 2 or 3 come in near simulaneously and a message is missed because I thought I read the new text or voicemail and I didn't realize there was more than one. This happens. People frequenly ask, "Did you get my message?" STOP. Which message? The one you sent yesterday? The voicemail on my cell phone or the office phone? The one that said disregard the previous message? The voicemail that said "When you've got a chance, I'd like to ask you a question..." instead of asking the question? Did I get your message? Of course not! If I got your message I'd be talking to you about it the first time we connected again.
Phone tag is not fun, if you have a question, ask it. If you need time to discuss an issue, give your full attention and take the time. How many of you skipped the content of this post because you "don't have time to read it all" ???
Did you get my message?