I often struggle with having so much to do and doing very little…

Harvard Business Review writes:

For many of us, our to-do list has become more of a guilt list: an inventory of everything we want to do, plan to do, really should do, but never get to. It’s more like an I’m-never-going-to-get-to-it list.

And the longer the list, the less likely we’ll get to it, and the more stressed we’ll become,
The solution to this I’m-never-going-to-get-to-it list can be found in Eleanor’s childhood shoe-shopping trip, specifically in that final question that satisfied her: “When tomorrow?”

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If partnerships are important to you and you know you need some help, check out this new book:
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Most of the newsletters I see are “ho-hum” they are not well designed and full of junk. Even my own newsletter at Smallbiztechnology.com is not designed so well – but indeed full of useful information. I was looking at the newsletter of online marketing company Bizo .

It’s well designed and full of nice information for their readers.

Well done Bizo! You can view their newsletter here.

A lifestyle business has connotations of a “small time” business, one that’s not growing, even. However, is it “ok” to have a business, that you don’t want to grow into the next multi-million dollar enterprise, but just want to live well and provide for your family?

The New York Times writes

“I’d say a lifestyle business is any company where the owner’s motivations go beyond a strict definition of return on investment. If a business owner makes decisions that include more factors than just what will increase shareholder value, then he/she — at least to some extent — is running a lifestyle business. For example, maybe you want to live in San Diego, so you start a Search Engine Optimization agency in San Diego even though the best thing to do from a shareholder value perspective is to locate in foggy San Francisco or snowy New York.” — John Warrillow, author of “Built to Sell

What do you say?

I LOVE Radio Shack. It’s the store where geeks would go to get their electronic and solder iron fix. Market Watch writes

RadioShack Corp. dropped a hammer on its own foot Monday, warning investors its fourth-quarter earnings are going to fall short of expectations.

It’s sad to see stores like Radio Shack (and Block Buster) go down. But I guess the evolution of the marketplace (maybe Amazon.com and other online buying giants) has made it tough for retail stores, selling technology, to survive.