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What is the earliest / latest you should call someone?
Bit of a rant, and a question...

It's 7:45am and I'm at my house, drinking coffee, and reading the paper. I intend to get to the office around 9:30am.

My cell starts blowing up today at 7:30, and when I don't answer, the same person calls again, and then sends me a text message. To me, this seems a bit early, as I'm still getting ready. I try not to take calls prior to 9am.

I have noticed that with the advent of cellphones, clients will literally call me, text me, Facebook message me, or try and communicate with me virtually any time - weekends, nights, early mornings, you name it. It's part of the reason I hate lawyering, and no longer give out my cell number.

What's the earliest and latest it's acceptable to call someone, barring an emergency?
05-04-2016 06:52 AM
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RE: What is the earliest / latest you should call someone?
I would say the earliest should be when work starts. If it is a friend then I would not have a problem if they text or call from 8 am. Doesn't mean I will respond in time, but I won't get annoyed by the call.
05-04-2016 06:57 AM
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Whatever replies you get here remember this:

These guidelines or "rules" on calling/contact times only apply to men.

I've had chicks I just met once reply my to my texts or missed calls as early as 6:30am and as late as half past midnight, without any shame.
I usually don't reply at those times unless its a guaranteed bang/dtf scenario.
05-04-2016 07:48 AM
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RE: What is the earliest / latest you should call someone?
I try to avoid calling people before 9am and after 8pm.
05-04-2016 08:49 AM
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RE: What is the earliest / latest you should call someone?
Agreed, as a realtor I have a 9-9 policy. Won't answer calls or texts unless emergencies until I'm out of the gym in the morning.

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05-04-2016 09:13 AM
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RE: What is the earliest / latest you should call someone?
(05-04-2016 08:49 AM)Khan Wrote:  I try to avoid calling people before 9am and after 8pm.

That's a good general rule if you don't know the other person's schedule. I make a point of asking contacts what their schedule is, then I put it in the "Notes" field for that contact. That way for the early birds, I hit them up early, and for the night owls, I don't feel guilty calling them at 11pm. You can tailor your approach if you individually ask people as you go. You come across as courteous and also increase your chances of actually avoiding the dreaded voicemail tag game.

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05-04-2016 09:14 AM
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When I saw the thread title I wondered "is Johnbozzz back?"

Phone calls I do from 9-7, I'll text a few hours either side to see if they're awake/free to take a call.

With close friends or chicks I'll text/call even later though.
05-04-2016 10:05 AM
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RE: What is the earliest / latest you should call someone?
If it's not a friend or family member (business related), I think it's unreasonable to call before 8:00am and after 6:00pm.

If it's a personal call from someone familiar then I'll answer if I'm awake, but I think its unreasonable to call at red-eye hours.
05-04-2016 10:14 AM
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RE: What is the earliest / latest you should call someone?
If someone wants to give me their business then I will take a call at 4am half asleep if needs be. I'll take calls, turn around proposals, come and meet people etc on the weekends, on national holidays, in the evenings, early morning, whatever works to get the deal done.

Your idea of reasonable/unreasonable must be entirely subjective and commensurate with your own individual ambitions. I want people to be calling me at 7 am because it suggests my business is growing quickly and that demand may be outstripping my ability to supply, but then I have a very clear idea of where I want to be 5 years from now. There is simply no way I will get there on a 9-5 Monday to Friday schedule. I also enjoy what I do and am fascinated by the things we are working on, so it's really no hardship. Much of my downtime is spent learning relevant maths and computer science for pleasure and with an eye to its long term usefulness. It's not a chore for me to do what I do, or deal with the people I need to deal with.
05-04-2016 12:37 PM
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iPhones have an automatic do not disturb that I have switched on during my quiet hours. If a person that is a favorite calls repeatedly it'll break the silence but other than that it's quiet all night!

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05-04-2016 12:45 PM
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I don't have a business phone/work phone, so I don't have to deal with calls like that (unless early morning conference calls).

I get to the work around 8:30, I'm on the phone until then and off the phones at 5ish.

I can't remember the last time a dude hit me up early morning, unless we were doing something. A morning a courtesy call to wake me up to get ready.

For females, I won't text them until after 10am, I don't text or call them after 9. That's a hard rule, UNLESS she asks if she can come over.

Any texts I get after 9pm I reply after 10am the next day.

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05-04-2016 12:46 PM
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It totally depends on the person.

I try to do my calls between 8 and 10pm. Texting is whenever. I won't expect a response though if I text them in the morning at like 8am, they are getting started with their day.

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05-04-2016 12:53 PM
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Calls after midnight scare me, especially from family. They seem to never be good.
05-04-2016 01:03 PM
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Unless it's family, I don't ever answer. No matter the time.

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05-04-2016 01:10 PM
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RE: What is the earliest / latest you should call someone?
8am - 5pm for routine business calls. If I'm a client or really need a question answered, I might call until 7pm. Beyond that, I text a message to call me.

11am - 10pm for family unless they're expecting my call.

All bets are off for booty calls.
05-04-2016 01:29 PM
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