Lifehack: having a "Do not answer" number in your phone

Occasionally, I come into contact with people or businesses I don't want to hear from. Sometimes, these people call my mobile phone. 

In the past, I would save their number in my phone so that if they called, I would know it was them and not pick up. However, this could still work me up. Leaving them as an unlabelled number wasn't that useful, because, depending on my circumstances at the time of the call, I often pick up unfamiliar numbers. 

What I've since done is created a single "Do not answer" profile in my phone, and added all the numbers of people I don't care to hear from again, to this profile. This means that I automatically know not to answer the phone. It also means I have no idea who is calling, so I get far less worked up when the phone rings. It could be any one of a number of people. It is much easier not to care.


Sonnie Bailey

Sonnie is the founder and principal of Fairhaven Wealth.

Before founding Fairhaven Wealth, Sonnie worked in the legal and financial services industries for over a decade.

Sonnie first became involved with financial advice as a specialist financial services lawyer. For many years, he was an “adviser of advisers”, reviewing thousands of advice files prepared by hundreds of financial advisers, and providing feedback in relation to the quality and appropriateness of advice; industry best practice; risk management; and regulatory compliance. He has published work in industry publications and spoken at various financial advice conferences.

Sonnie has also worked with banks, investment management firms, insurers, and derivatives providers.

Sonnie has worked as a private client lawyer, focusing on succession, estate planning and trusts. He ran his own legal firm in Australia before relocating to New Zealand. He has also acted in independent trustee and company director positions.

Sonnie is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and manage the risks to which they are exposed.

He has written extensively on his blog, New Zealand Wealth and Risk, which can be found at

Sonnie is married to his wonderful wife Chrissy, and has two young children, Ben and Anna.