18 October 2014

Lifehack: having a “Do not answer” number in your phone

Sonnie Bailey

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.



About the author 

Sonnie Bailey

In his spare time, Sonnie likes telling people that he’s a former Olympic power walker, a lion tamer, or that he is an orthodontist. He is none of those things. In reality, Sonnie is a financial planner based in Christchurch. Through his business, Fairhaven Wealth (www.fairhavenwealth.co.nz), he provides independent, advice-only, fixed-fee financial planning services. Sonnie is a “recovering lawyer”: he has specialised in trusts and personal client work. He has also worked as a financial services lawyer for many years.

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