A friend of mine recently asked me for the phone number for my mechanic…for the fourth time in as many weeks. She writes down phone numbers in various places, and never has them with her when she needs them.
If you have a central place to keep your phone numbers that is always with you, you will never face this situation.
Why Consolidate Phone Number?
If you have all of your numbers in one place, you will never have to search. You will know where those numbers are, and be able to retrieve them without hunting. This can save you time and effort.
I’m not going to go into where is the best place to keep numbers. You can do it in a PDA, a cell phone, a planner, or even a little notebook. As long as they are together, you will always know where to look.
One of my colleagues recently dropped his cell phone in the ocean. All his phone numbers were in there, and the service place was able to transfer only half of them to his new phone. If you use an electronic system to capture your phone numbers, try printing out a copy to leave at home. It keeps other family members for asking for phone numbers, and can serve as a backup if your electronic device malfunctions.