The phone can actually be a time-saver if you know
how to use it properly. Instead of emailing someone, engaging in a
phone call can allow you to get the answers right away. Saying it
is definitely faster than writing it. Of course, there are
exceptions when email or other methods are better, like when a
detailed list is needed.
You can prevent phone calls from stealing your time
by telling the caller nicely that you have some urgent matters to
attend to, and that you will try to call back soon.
Do you know another reason why telephones
waste a lot of your time? They require the use of your hand, which
makes it difficult to do other tasks when you are talking. Invest
in a headset if you can. It will free up both of your hands so you
can do other things while you are chatting