The phone is ringing but I recommend that you don’t answer it. There might be opportunity on the other end and you wouldn’t want that. After all, opportunity comes with responsibility. If someone were to offer you the chance to perform better or increase your revenue or help you achieve some goal or another and you knew it, well then, you would probably feel obligated to do something about it. So, don’t answer the phone. Then, you’ll never know about the opportunity and the responsibility to do something about it will not be yours.
Don’t go anyplace where strangers have the opportunity to walk right up to you and start a conversation. Why take a chance on meeting someone new? New acquaintances are so much work. You’ll have to tell your story and listen to theirs. That’s not a lot of fun. Pretending like you care about the pathetic details of someone else’s life is just a gargantuan waste of time and you don’t have time to waste. You are far too busy to get to know people.
Don’t respond to e-mails! You’ve done such a good job of being unavailable via phone and in person it would be a shame to let some eager overachiever hear back from you via e-mail. In fact, your e-mail address should be purposefully difficult to figure out and hidden from public view whenever possible. If someone were to actually get through to you they’ll have no idea they’ve got the correct address if you never acknowledge the e-mail in the first place. In fact, if you don’t recognize the sender, don’t even read the e-mail. Just delete it. Or, better yet, instruct someone else to delete it and you won’t even have to see the subject line. Some of those are clever and very tempting. No need to be tempted.
Don’t accept invitations to connect via Linkedin! Even if you have a profile, be sure not to put too much information on it. If you’re purposefully vague about your work responsibilities you’ve improved your odds of not being called or messaged.
Don’t take a meeting! Someone with an idea might be trying to steal precious moments of your time. She may have found a better way to attract customers or fulfill orders or communicate your unique selling proposition. But, to convey that information she’ll probably want a meeting and you don’t have time for that. Don’t people know how busy you are?
Don’t answer the phone! Have someone else answer the phone and say that you are busy or that you’re not there. Or, save some money and just let the phone go to voicemail. You don’t recognize that number and it’s best to only answer the phone when you know who is calling. There’s safety in the familiar. The unknown is scary.
Besides, you are far too busy. Don’t people know that?