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The Wixii™ Project: Tamara Myles

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Tamara MylesName:  Tamara Myles

Location:  Boston, MA

Company:  Tamara Myles Consulting

Professional Industry:  Consulting

Job Title: Productivity Expert, Author, and International Speaker

WIXII-ISM™ FROM TAMARA MYLES: 

“I work every day to help create a world where people are making conscious daily decisions about how they are spending their time—a world where people elevate time to the same level of importance as money.”

TAMARA’S STORY:

Meet our featured Wixii™, Tamara Myles.  She is in her mid-30s and mother to an 8 year-old daughter, 7 year-old son, and 4 year-old daughter.  She received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications.  She is a Productivity Expert, Author, and International Speaker for her own company, Tamara Myles Consulting.  Her husband is the CFO/COO of a biotech company.  Tamara was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the United States at age 20 on a full scholarship to finish college.  Her family is still in Brazil, and she loves going home every year!

TAMARA’S CAREER PATH:

As a teenager in Brazil, I dreamed of working in advertising in New York City.  Years later, I fulfilled that goal and worked at a fashion and beauty boutique agency in downtown New York.  I was literally living my dream, and I loved every minute of it!

Advertising agencies have a well-earned reputation for a very fast-paced environment and are extremely deadline-driven.  I worked in account management, which combines client service and strategic development. As you can imagine, being extremely organized and detail-oriented was a must!

In order to stay on top of all the timelines and deadlines without being constantly stressed out, feeling that I was going to forget something, I created systems that worked very well for me.  Other account managers started taking notice and implementing some of my systems.  After some time, my systems became the norm for all account managers to use.

My career was progressing extremely well, and I was thrilled to be doing exactly what I always wanted.  My husband and I decided that it was the perfect time to start our family.  During my pregnancy, we looked at daycare centers with every intention of going back to work after maternity leave.  Then, my Isabella came along.  As the end of my maternity leave approached, I realized that there was no way that I could leave her and go back to the fast-paced agency life.  I felt grateful to have a choice at the time, so I became a stay-at-home mom.

Isabella was an angel and slept really well through the day.  Since my life was organized and in order, I had a lot of time to spare.  I decided that I needed to start my own business.  After all, my mom and dad were successful entrepreneurs, and I grew up seeing how great it was to be able to control your schedule.  I decided that owning my own business was the perfect way for me to progress in my career while still being a hands-on, full-time mom.  I started out by doing some consulting work for my old agency in New York.  It was great, but not enough to keep me busy, so I started researching other options.  Then I ran across NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers.

I started doing some research, creating my business plan, and getting all my marketing in place.  My business was off and running!

Over the next 3 years, I had two more kids and was always able to maintain a healthy mix between my business and my family.  Clients were always understanding and supportive during my maternity leaves.

As my business evolved, I developed The Peak Productivity Pyramid System, a five-tier visual path of successive steps to increased productivity.  In February of 2014 my first book, The Secret to Peak Productivity, was published.

TAMARA’S MINDSET AND WORK-LIFE MIX:

I am an eternal optimist and am constantly working on my personal, business and family goals to ensure that I am living a life with purpose.

My work-life mix is in constant flow.  There is no even split or consistency from day-to-day.  I always start by knowing exactly what my priorities are and working from there.  There are some weeks when I have to cancel all my work appointments because one of my children is sick, and there are other weeks where I have several articles to write and my week leans a little heavier on the work side.

When I look at the end of a week or a month, my goal is to feel great about the mix.  I make it a point to volunteer in my children’s classrooms and be at every field trip that I can.  I also involve them in my work.  They are my biggest cheerleaders and are always so proud!  I only travel for speaking engagements or conferences that are truly important.

Most important, I always make an effort to be “present” in what I am doing.  If the kids are home and I am spending time with them, I shut down my computer and don’t answer work calls.  If I need to work, I focus and get it done.

Community:  how do you contribute and add value to the larger world around you?

I work every day to help create a world where people are making conscious daily decisions about how they are spending their time—a world where people elevate time to the same level of importance as money.  I empower people to start living a life with purpose so that the things they do day to day are directly aligned to their goals and objectives.

Please share specific tips for effectively managing your time and schedule.

I try to build routines into my schedule as much as possible, so that I can “attack” my week instead of constantly reacting to tasks that come up.  For my home life, that means that I put together my weekly menu on Sundays, grocery shop on Mondays, volunteer in the school on Thursdays and do laundry only on the weekends.

For work, I use Mondays as my administrative day, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays for in-person appointments and coaching calls, and I make a point of writing every single day, even if only for 5 minutes.

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