The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: Are you Stuck on a Hamster Wheel?

Are you Stuck on a Hamster Wheel?

The Hamster RevolutionAre you Stuck on a Hamster Wheel?  I just finished reading a great book, The Hamster Revolution by Mike Song, Vicki Halsey & Tim Burress.  It is all about stopping the info-glut in your life and getting your life back; in other words, "How to Manage your e-Mail before it Manages You."  We all feel that way at times, don't we?  Come on, you can admit it! 

Having taken my e-PRO certification back in 2003, I already had a handle on many of the things discussed in the book, so for me it wasn't a major revelation; it was more of a reminder.  There were a few hints that came in handy (number your most important files in Outlook so they appear at the top of the list--I had the most important ones starting with "A," and the ones I least often used starting with "Z."  The numbers are a better idea).  Other hints made me squirm (tell people what you like about their e-mails, and let people know what you don't like--telling them what I don't like is a bit outside my comfort zone, but I will try).  

One thing that really didn't get mentioned in the book was unsubscribing.  I just didn't bother, but this book made me realize that taking the time to click "delete" every day on 20-30 e-mails is a waste!  If I unsubscribe, that's 20-30 less interruptions!  A great tip given on the Hamster Revolution website was to set up Rules on every e-mail that comes in that is low priority.  Have them automatically sent to a "Low Priority" folder.  As it comes in - not "later."  You know, the Staples ad, the linked-in updates, etc.  Now you can take a look at those when your time allows. 

The Hamster Revolution absolutely made me think about how much time I waste in a day reading (or even glancing at) unnecessary or unclear e-mails.  I definitely think I will be freeing up some time every day because of the simple-to-enact suggestions in this book!

 Mary-kay Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, e-PRO, IMSD, SRES, SRS

Chris K. Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, SRES 

The Villages FL Area Real Estate

 

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Comment balloon 9 commentsMary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield • November 04 2010 04:49PM

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Sounds like I need to read this book.  Thx for the tips.  Very helpful.

BTW, on those lower priority email, I just "gave up"... I ignore them and don't open nor bother to put in trash.  Sometimes I unsubscribe, but sometimes  that's more effort than just ignoring.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 8 years ago

Hi Debbie - That's how I felt too, but it is amazing how nice it is not to have the constant ping of the inbox when junk arrives.  : )  BTW, my next step is to turn off the ping.  Haven't gotten myself to do that yet.

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris, I think that's why people write new books on similar topics.  It's to remind us of what we already know and get us back on path.  thanks for sharing.

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kate - I think you are right!  We need constant reminding, don't we?

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

As someone who is finding email taking over my life, I apparently need to check out this book! Thanks for sharing about it.

Posted by TC McClenning (Top Cat Creative Services) almost 8 years ago

I am sure you will find a few tidbits of help within the covers of this book!

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris this looks like a great read and one I'm going to look for.  I am always  looking for ways to work smarter and more efficient without ending my day trying to figure out where the time went! 

Posted by Lorraine Sayer, Realtor ABR,CDPE,GRI - Colorado Springs,CO RE/MAX (Monument, Black Forest, Falcon, Fountain homes ) almost 8 years ago

Hi Lorraine - Not only is it a great read, it is an easy read!  No reason to avoid this book!

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Only to see the hamster wheel :-)

Posted by Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA, #ChandlerRealEstateAgent (Liz Harris Realty) over 4 years ago

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