What is Agile Life Design™?
Agile Life Design™ is a human‐centered approach to cultivating personal agility and meaning in the age of uncertainty – where being in control of life’s curve balls is simply not an option.
Agile Life Design integrates ancient wisdom with modern science, universal principles, essential life skills you don’t learn in school, sustainable processes and customizable strategies into a toolkit for identifying and responding to rapidly changing needs and the associated challenges.
Agile Life Design is a way of life, a process and a toolkit for healing chronic overwhelm, indecision, exhaustion and disorganization and for “Cultivating Personal Agility, Productivity & Well-being”
Agile Life Design offers mindset, processes, skills, strategies and tools for cultivating confidence in your ability to:
- Navigate the uncertainties of life.
- Courageously course correct your journey through life.
- Advocate for your needs.
- Resolve inner conflicts with less stress and drama
- Make decisions with greater ease
- Reduce the risk of making choices you regret
- Design lifestyle systems and infrastructure that work with your brain type and empower you to focus on what really matters
- Design your own “easy buttons” for establishing habits that serve your optimal functioning
- Design your life, work and productivity systems to easily evolve with you as you learn and grow
What is the Agile Life “Design Studio”?
AS OF OCTOBER 2012
The home study version of the program and Group Coaching Program have been delayed possibly till 2013 for personal and family reasons. During this time of grieving the loss of several family members, my work schedule is limited to coaching my private clients and occasional appearances. Thanks for understanding. I hope to resume my work with groups in 2013.
In the meantime…
Sign up for my Agile Life Design Toolkit, to receive occasional free recordings of my past teaching, videos, articles – and to be notified when my new group programs become available.
What You Get in the Studio
Access to a private website which includes:
- Agile Life Design Classes taught by me – [MP3 Recordings + Handouts]
- Master Classes: “Inside the Life Designer Studio” [Videos of me interviewing "Masters" of personal agility to inspire you in your journey]
- A Virtual Gift Bag
- Access to Exclusive Articles and Resources
The Agile Life Design Classes Include:
- Could You Be Addicted to Potential? How to tell, How to Detox
- The Role of Life Purpose in Designing your Life
- Introduction to the Agile Mindset
- Introduction to the ADEPT Design™Process
- Designing the 8 Dances of Life
- Orchestrating Your Home & Things
- Designing Respect-Based Relationships
- Designing the Dance with Money, Work and Career with Special Guest Teacher, Manisha Thakor, Personal Finance Expert, author of MoneyZen, Get Financially Naked, and more
- Designing the Dance with Information and Paper
- Choreographing Your Time
- Designing Your Day - The Agile Way
- and more
Master Classes: “Inside the Life Designer’s Studio”
A series of interviews with an incredible array of successful innovators who take us “behind the scenes” into their adventures in cultivating agility and designing their lives. I’ve invited people whose lives are inspirational showcases of Agile Life Design to reveal their stories of how they have followed their hearts, and designed their lives and work to fit them. Guest Teachers include (Click here to see the Bio Page)
- Lissa Boles, Soul Mapper
- Shawn Shepheard, Inspirational Speaker
- Dr. Rory Stern, Family and Child ADHD Coach
- Tara McGillicuddy, Senior ADHD Coach
- Liz Marshall, Author, Marketing Strategist
- Janet Goldstein, Publishing Strategist, Literary Agent
Who is this for?
It’s for anyone who struggles with overwhelm, procrastination, perfectionism, making time for important activities, self-care, self-organizing, clutter, inner conflicts, making tough choices, saying “no”, or changing unwanted habits.
You are not alone. There is a huge tribe of us experiencing the confusion of being so capable, yet so challenged by the uncertainties, curve balls, and extraordinary demands, of life on our time, energy and attention.
It’s for outliers everywhere: change agents, challengers, Tweakers, ADHD, highly sensitive, intuitives, healers, caregivers and others who are vulnerable to intense emotional overwhelm, exhaustion, stuckness, indecision, anxiety, and stress.
What People are Saying about My Classes
The only way I know to teach and speak are from the heart. I am passionate about communicating ideas and encouraging people to think for themselves. I don’t “pitch.” In my world classes are NOT code for “marketing pitches.”
I will however, share with you what other people have to say about this program and other programs I’ve taught. I could never write this kind of stuff about myself!
“WOW! The Design Studio Package is a GOLDMINE OF RESOURCES. Thank you for your generosity in sharing these resources, providing the Agile Life Design classes and master classes, and for sharing so much of yourself with us. You are truly extraordinary!”
“I listen to a lot of webinars and I have never seen anyone given so much of themselves, be so authentic, and offer so much truly valuable information. Thanks again for sharing, you are a blessing!”
“I have been so blessed by this program. This has touched many of my own passions and desire to grow and share. I have been so inspired and excited and would like to continue to be a part of the tribe, the conversations and the support.”
“I’m thrilled to have found a coach/expert and other folks who think like me (or vice versa) and are addressing neurodiversity and the challenges of living in our culture! I am a sociologist by training and have worked in mental health education in consumer/peers support and feel your Agile Life Design framework would be so valuable in that arena.”
“Following your program these last weeks has been exciting, a light of hope. I truly believe you have compiled a very deep and thorough approach to help people in many ways. I look forward to applying what I’ve learned to working with my future husband to co-design our new life together!
Thank you Ariane.”
“Thank you SO much for all that you have given us in this program. I want to be sure you know that you’ve made a huge difference in my life, and the way I approach life’s challenges and triumphs.
“I decided to try your ADEPT Design Process and create my version of a flow chart for incoming mail. It did help me “see” the problem visually. At first I made one for the REAL way I deal with mail now and then made another with the IDEAL way I would like it to be – now I can tweak the way I do it to get it closer to the the way I would like it to be. You are teaching me how to look at my behavior more compassionately and design new ways for me to support my own nature instead of trying to conform to someone else’s system. Thanks for helping me trust myself more.”
“Thanks so much for your insights into how relationships and abuse are intertwined in how we design our homes. I was especially moved by your explanation of what can be considered abuse, it was a real eye opener. Your ideas on creating a home based on how it functions to fill needs rather than how others think it should be really resonated with me. I really am worth it! Great work, Ariane!”
What inspired Agile Life Design?
I’ve been teaching aspects of this framework since 2005 in a kind of “as-needed” way. When I noticed that all my clients had great success once they learned an agile “design” approach to organizing, I realized this was not just a coincidence. I needed to teach design and the concepts of agility outright.
I’ve been working to pull it all together into a cohesive book on Healing Chronic Disorganization by Cultivating Personal Agility with the Healing Power of Design for the past 2 years (though my whole life of 52 years has really been the preparation to write this book.) I’m finally ready to share the work I’ve been evolving since I first started publishing the Neat & Simple Living approach to organizing as a blog back in 2005.
My intention is to share the processes and tools in a way that is easy to understand, but without “dumbing it down” and pretending that healing this problem is “a recipe you can follow in 3 easy steps.” It’s not. It’s a custom journey that each person walks – on their own path, at their own speed.
Wishing you an ever agile heart and mind,
Ariane Benefit, M.S.Ed.
Founder, Agile Life Design™, Author, Speaker, Productivity Healer
Using the healing power of design thinking + purpose + love to heal chronic overwhelm, disorganization, and clutter; cultivate personal agility; respond to human problems with human-centered solutions, and change the world — one life at a time.