Quite often when I talk to my Dad on the phone, I’m doing my dishes. I know how unbelievably loud that can be, so I either have the water on low and I try to move the dishes quietly or I put him on mute at points during our call. The latter means I’m constantly wiping my hands off to turn the mute button back so he can hear me, which I’ll admit is a little ridiculous.
Sometimes it’s easier to say no to someone you don’t know than someone you do know. Makes sense. There are no stakes involved when you tell a customer service person or a salesperson that you don’t like something. They’re used to hearing no and you probably won’t hurt their feelings. Plus, you may never see or speak to them again.
Lately I’ve been working from home a lot and while I love it for the incredible focus I get, I can get a little down from time to time. I’m a complete extrovert and feed off of other people, so going to my co-working space can remedy that in no time, but it can also get me into trouble. Since I love people so much, I also love to talk to them (A LOT) and that can get me off schedule.