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President's Message

by Austin Anderson, Superintendent, Grand Elk Golf Club

Korinne and I are expecting a precious and perfect baby girl in the month of July. When our baby girl arrives, I ask myself how will I be able to find a balance between my work and personal life. Having the superintendent’s rigorous hours this time a year leaves little to no time to even find that balance. Studies show that a poor work-life balance can result in unhealthy levels of stress, unhappiness, and even reduced productivity.

 I have been doing some research and want to share some of the topics that have helped me find enough balance to be comfortable at work and home during our pregnancy and peak golf season. Most importantly you have to first create a priorities list.  Figure out what you want your priorities to be, not what you think they should be. Don’t just put work first because it pays the bills. Be true to yourself and really make a list of priorities that make you happy. Once I identified my priorities, I then took a week and documented my time. I found that in my personal life I spent time doing things that did not align with my priorities. I also found that I do a lot of things around the work place that can be easily delegated. 

With seasonal rotating staff, it is hard to delegate and expect a certain outcome. I have learned to trust my hiring and training process therefore I know I can trust the individual I delegate to. I know he/she will not tuck the pin behind the bunker teetering on a ridge line on a Friday.  

 In my week of documenting I found nearly 10 hours of time that I could free up. No, I did not just sleep less I really was able to create that time. I am now working on a process to eliminate/delegate those time-consuming tasks from my routine. 

In my situation trying to juggle GM and Superintendent duties is difficult. My approach has always been to multi-task. I feel like I do quite well at it. However, multi-tasking seemed to eat up entire work days extremely fast. This sometimes left me with unfinished business which in turn lead to more hours on the job.  Forget multi-tasking. It’s not possible to focus on two things at the same time. Instead, I have devoted my full attention to the task at hand. This has created less stress, a greater sense of accomplishment, and free thinking away from the job.

One of the most important things that I have learned is not only to set and schedule manageable goals but to schedule something I enjoy doing each day. By documenting my time, I am now able to schedule these important activities like exercise, golf, fishing, boating, and dirt biking.  I enjoy having something in my day to look forward to so I can release, re-center, and enjoy life. 

This is just the start to my journey on finding my work-life balance.  I’m sure it will be a never-ending journey and the need will be different at different times. However, I plan to set aside some time once a month to reflect on my current balance, what I would like it to be and my plan for getting there. I encourage everyone who reads this to evaluate your work-life balance even if it feels balanced now. Who knows you may free up a few hours to really enjoy the finer things in life. 

Austin Anderson

2017 RMGCSA President


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