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The Hamster Revolution: How to manage your email before it manages you

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  233 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Written in parable form, The Hamster Revolution tells the story of Harold, an HR Director who has fallen victim to the dreaded clutches of info-glut. Paralyzed by a deluge of electronic data and e-mail, his days fill with repetitive and fruitless action. In a Kafkaesque twist, he actually turns into a hamster running on a wheel, though he's too busy to even notice. Happil
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Published January 23rd 2007 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2006)
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K.D. Absolutely
A practical book that can make you save time to focus on more important things in the office. I am talking of the time that you normally spend on work emails. When I started reading this book last week, I immediately implemented some of the major ideas in this book and in one of my emails my boss wrote back: "Great work here." Not sure it was because of sending him only one email instead of 8 or the way I crafted those emails making them more actionable, concise, direct-to-the-point and with onl ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book, a quick read at least. It had some good tips for dealing with work email (not really practical for personal email). The strangest thing was the book was partially about how to make email direct and to the point. But, the book took winding roads to make it longer. You probably could have got the message across in 4 chapters.

Still, worth reading if you feel overwhelmed by work email.
Artful Existence
This book has great tips on decreasing email overload and better managing your information, whether at work or at home. I am excited to start implementing some of the ideas. However, I felt the book was corny with the hamster. The hamster wasn't an analogy, it was literal where one of the main characters was a hamster and didn't even know it. I just thought that that whole idea was lame. I understand why the authors thought it would be witty and fun to do this, since people with email overload a ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book! The hamster thing is just kitschy but the comparison to spinning your wheels all day in email is real... I took away a number of ideas for myself personally to use though some will not work was worth it to me, I have stopped to think about why I am sending an email, if it is necessary (can i thank them in person next time i see them or in a different message that has a purpose besides saying thank you, etc), how to present the content to make it most effective, et ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me via a colleague in preparation for a meeting. I actually liked the model it lays out regarding reducing the number of emails that you encounter on a daily basis. The book lays out a simple plan that not only brings about change within your own email habits, but gives you a roadmap to roll out the same changes across your organization for an overall reduction in emails generated. Pretty damning to realize how much time is spent on email in a year (close to four mon ...more
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I started my GoodReads To Be Read list in 2008 so this book has been on that list for that long. I think someone gave it to me back then and it's sat on my shelf. You can imagine how out of date some of the book was since it's 10 years old. It talked about using IM - and had to explain what it was.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-development
A quick read, a few useful tools which I've incorporated in my everyday info-glut war. I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with email and organization. High ROI for time and $ invested.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read with very good advice on how to manage the glut of email we all seem to have.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
I can't believe that this book has been out for 5 years and I haven't read it before. I discovered it as a by-product of a training I wanted to take at UNC Greeley. I was unable to attend but my boss was present and shared that this was the primary basis for the presentation. The suggestions in the book seem very practical and I will be working to implement them. I'd recommend this book to anyone who feels their inbox is out of control. In the words of Harold the hamster, "one small step for the ...more
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super simple, nothing really revolutionary, but did highlight the fact that no one really know how to 'speak' email.

This is what you need to think about when writing one:

Brief, Warm Greeting

Action Summary
* Specific action, purpose & response time
* Dig up context

* Clear, concise and relevant
* Bullet points & numbers
* clear ,bold paragraph titles

*Next step and niceties
* sig

done! I've used the template quite a bit and it does really seem to help.
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