This thought occurred to me while I was out on a run: It’s a common happening that my friends will reach out to me while my phone is nowhere by my side. Usually I know this will happen in advance. That said, why not follow the lead of what AIM did with away messages and use them on our cell phones?
I set my phone’s Away Message as, “Out for a Run. Be back at 4:30pm.” This is now activated. While I’m away from my phone anyone that calls it or texts it will receive a bounce back message detailing that I’m, “Out for a run. Be back at 4:30pm.”
With that message I’m informing the sender that multiple calls/texts won’t reach me and I won’t be available to return their message at least until that time prescribed. I don’t waste their time and I don’t have to explain myself.
What are your thoughts? Would you find something like that useful in your life or am I the only one who steps away from his phone?