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Consider support costs along with functionality when deciding whether to move to Java Desktop System, The Advisory Council says. Also, examine your priorities when divvying up work and personal time.

Question B: With business picking up, but a lean staff, how do I balance the demands of work, family, and my personal time?

Our advice: This is probably the most crucial challenge that everyone faces today. What has become clear to me over the past several months, in talking with the participants in our leadership development program and the CIO's who are our guest speakers, is that time has replaced money as the scarcest resource. Given that we can't get more hours into a 24-hour day, we've got to be decisive about how we spend the time we do have available to us.

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Here are some recommendations on how to resolve your issue and, hopefully, reduce the stress this quandary causes:
  • Understand or evaluate your personal values and then examine your real priorities. What's your definition of "balance"?
  • Shed some of your current tasks or activities that aren't really important based on your "revised" priorities.
  • Learn how to "say no" more often to those who put demands on you, both personally and professionally. How important is it?
  • Refresh yourself on time-management techniques and change some of your engrained habits.
  • Question yourself on whether you really need to adhere to those various electronic tethers. Just how important is it for you to be connected or accessible 24x7?
  • Seek a mentor's advice on how to reset your priorities and shed unimportant activities.
  • Have heart-to-heart sessions with spouse, children, and boss to share with them your concerns and seek their advice. They, too, may have a problem with balance.

Balancing these various factors doesn't translate to equal time for the key segments of your life. Some weeks require different focus due to your priorities. The real question is, do you know your real priorities?

--Bart Bolton

Sanjay Anand, TAC Expert, has more than 20 years of IT and business-process management experience as a strategic adviser, certified consultant, professional speaker, and published author. More than 100 personal clients, both large and small, have included companies from an array of industries and geographies, from academia to technology. He's often referred to as a "consultant's consultant" for training and mentoring skills. He was the creator of Asia's first best-selling computer-assisted learning software package at the age of 17.

Bart Bolton, TAC Thought Leader, has been developing and facilitating leadership-development programs, with more than 400 graduates, for various clients for the past 10 years. He is a multifaceted information systems executive with more than 35 years' experience in the field of information-systems management.

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