About a month ago I made a radical decision - I disabled my voicemail on my cellphone.
As a self-employed consultant with no staff, I can only be contacted on my cellphone or by email, so one would assume that voicemail is an essential and convenient tool for clients to keep in touch with me while I am consulting with other clients.
The reality is that I have become more and more stressed and irritated by having to wade through numerous voicemail messages whenever I switched my phone on. Most messages gave no indication of why I should call them back, so I became resentful of the time I was wasting, listening to one message after another.
So I disabled my voicemail and now I get either sms messages or emails - much easier to respond to. And they tend to give more information of why they are contacting me.
Not one client has complained.
Life is bliss.