Director's Corner: Balancing Life & Work...

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Sandy Drumluk

Endeavors contributor

The absolute favorite part of my day is 4:30 p.m. That's when I walk into my house after work to find my wife, Amy, reading a book or singing a song to our 12 week old daughter, Siena. Yes, that's right, at 4:30 pm., I spend the rest of my evening joining them in song, reading books, playing games, enforcing tummy time, making dinner, etc. I never thought it could be this way, coming home at 4:30, as a Director, but I was wrong.

As I was making my way up the ranks in various admissions offices I observed many Directors and their varying styles. Some were never there, some were in meetings all the time, some never went home, and some (I'm convinced) just acted busy, I didn't want a job like that, I thought to myself. I'll just become an associate and stop there. Some of the authority, minimal pressure, yeah, I can handle that.

That was until I had a Director that did it right. Her home and family were her priority. She showed me that a Director could be good, successful, meet enrollment targets, and still keep focus on her family. She took her job seriously, was exceptional at it, and was still out the door most days at 4:00. This, I thought to myself, I can do.

Now don't get me wrong, I still work my butt off. I put in more than a full day. I travel to NYC and Long Island for recruitment. I still have several junior/parent nights in the spring that will get me home after 9:00pm. I throw my hat in the ring with my staff for evening coverage in the office and honor my evening commitments. I eat lunch at my desk responding to email. But on those nights where I CAN walk out the door at 4:00, you can bet I do.

Things that can be done at home (reading scholarship applications, writing evaluations, budget requests, travel reports, hotel reservations, Endeavors articles, etc.), I'll do in the evenings after Siena and Amy go to bed. I'll check my email. I'll look over the next day's calendar to make sure I’m prepared for meetings. I put in a second day of work in the evening, and don't sacrifice time with my family. This, I've learned, is how it works best for me. I challenge you to take a look at your job, and your personal life. Do you have a balance that makes you happy? If you don't, take the time to reevaluate and figure out something that works for your family, your boss, and YOU. Do this now, before it's too late!

Well, it's 4:05 p.m., time to go!