Did you know that July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month? While most of us are more than accustomed to using our phones for work, there’s always room for improvement in how we use them. In today’s blog, we will be looking at six simple ideas to try to change the way we operate on the go.
Know where to go
If you plan to use your phone extensively for any sort of professional communication, always be aware of your surroundings. Places like parks, coffee shops and—if you can find a quiet-enough spot—even malls are often conducive to cell phone communication, whereas quieter spots like the library, waiting room, etc. are less so. If you find yourself in any of these places, try to hold off on anything that produces noise: calls, videos, ringtones and other potential sources of sound.
Be smart about sensitive information
Wherever you end up using your phone, show courtesy to your client by avoiding potentially sensitive or confidential discussions in public.
Use silent communication in public places
When possible, stick to silent cell phone communication when in public places. In today’s day and age, there is so much that you can do on your phone without ever making or receiving a call, such as quick texts and emails. You will be able to get your message across more clearly, and can happily avoid outside noise and interference along the way.
Set aside phone-free time
Try to set aside phone-free time when spending time with family or friends, or even if you’re working on a project at home. Most of the calls and messages we receive each day are not urgent—so set aside some time to focus on the task at hand, and make a note to get back to your messages later. In today’s technological age, when we’re virtually always on our phones, this is a meaningful gesture that your friends and family will appreciate.
Follow the 10-feet rule
It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid cell phone conversations while within 10 feet of other people, if possible. You’ll be giving the people around you some welcome space and quiet, while also ensuring that your conversation is clear and uninterrupted by outside noise.
Finally, practice patience when it comes to using your cell phone for work. Even today, holdups like response lags, poor signal and other issues can keep you from sending or receiving messages when you need to—if this happens, either slow down and wait or look for another means of communication (like your computer).
We hope that these ideas help to improve your day-to-day cell phone use this July! Let us know if we can help you improve your on-the-go communications with cloud services, remote access and more.