Summary of The Hamster Revolution

Stop Info Glut – Reclaim Your Life

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The Hamster Revolution book summary
Put away that PDA, take your finger off the “reply-to-all” button and nobody will get hurt.


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5 Innovation

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Taking a break from e-mail is tough because it pours in constantly. Many people tie themselves to their inboxes by carrying devices that keep them connected 24/7. They allow e-mail to interrupt their evening and weekend activities, upsetting family members and creating a lifestyle without any real breaks from work. Mike Song, Vicki Halsey and Tim Burress show you how to change your e-mail response and filing habits to recapture lost time and regain control of your life. The story of Harold, a human resources director, helps them make their points. Reading this book takes roughly 90 minutes, but it will have a long-term impact on your time management. getAbstract recommends it to businesses and teams who feel eternally bombarded with e-mail and want to fight information overload.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to change your e-mail reading and response habits to save time;
  • How to send clear, efficient messages; and
  • How to coach others to manage their e-mail.


The E-Mail Calculation
Technology now enables you to leave the office confident that clients can reach you with voice, text or e-mail messages if problems arise. That’s the good news. However, the bad news is that work-related e-mail has invaded people’s precious time away from the office...
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About the Authors

Mike Song is the co-founder and CEO of a consultancy that advises companies about efficiency and e-mail etiquette; Tim Burress is another co-founder and president. Vicki Halsey is a motivational speaker and vice president of a firm that provides leadership advice to corporations.

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