In this video I share some of my best strategies for Designing for Your Brain. Designing for Your Brain is about applying what we know about how brains work to design our everyday experiences, goals, and intentions in a way that optimizes our overall ability to shape our attention, memory, and focus. Instead of trying to control our attention we learn to Continue reading
Wanna see how we transformed our front lawn from a time, resource and energy drain to a low maintenance, agile, perennial garden where we love to hang out with friends and neighbors?
We start renovating the front of our home after we bought it in 2001. My very first gardening project was to install window boxes. A few years ago we lost our big oak tree and suddenly had a VERY sunny yard. So we planted a tree (prairie fire crab apple) and then started replacing most of our lawn with garden.
This year we are initiating phase 1 of Continue reading
Welcome to life in perpetual beta. There’s almost no time to plan. Nothing seems to follow the plan even if you do have one. Conventional time management strategies are inadequate to the challenges of the digital age.
Agile Time Management™ offers a whole new organic approach to juggling the 8 Dances of Life™ that works for creatives, ADHD, gifted, neurodiverse and anyone who desires a simpler, more enjoyable and flexible way to organize their lives.
Session Description: Organizing Your Time – The AgiliZen Way
Join me and discover:
- The benefits of the Agile way of orchestrating the 8 Dances of Life™
- Your time management style and how it affects the way you get things done
- How to design Agile goals that inspire you
- How to cultivate habits that reduce stress and overwhelm
- Powerful Mantras to inspire putting Agile into Action
This class is over. Here’s a Video Clip from the class.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
7:00 PM Eastern
4:00 PM Pacific
INCLUDES Downloadable MP3 and PDF of slides so if you can’t attend live you can still attend!
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Organize Your Time: Agile Time Management Strategies – Featured in the “Organize Your Life” Webinar Series
If getting organized is one of your new year’s intentions, join me and other experts including Judith Kohlberg, Ramona Creel, Elizabeth Hagan, Allison Carter!
Allison organizes this annual event to celebrate Get Organized month with a series of high quality learning experiences to help you focus, plan, and organize your time, space, and information. CEU credits are available for professional organizers.
Designing Stress Out of Your Holidays
Presented October 18, 2012
Ariane Benefit is interviewed by Michelle Barone – a special event for the “Finding Your Way” Home Schooling Community
Note: We talk a little about homeschooling in the beginning but then the rest of the class is relevant to everyone and particularly to parents of neurodiverse kids. Hope you find something helpful in this for you!
Highlights of Topics Covered
- Hidden Sources of Holiday Stress
- Dealing with Stress and Anxiety Triggers
- Tips for simplifying gift-giving, card sending
- Managing expectations
- Setting boundaries gracefully
- Designing disappointment out of the way we make plans
- Helping ADHD, Asperger’s, Neurodiverse Kids reduce stress
- Negotiating happy compromises to get the rewards of both being spontaneous and planning ahead
Would love to hear your favorite tips from this class – just post a comment below. Thank you!
- Which of these tips might you try this year?
- How are you reducing stress and simplifying your holidays this year?
ARTICLE: Get my holiday organizing tips in writing!
Listen & View the Slides below.
Related Articles from my Neat & Simple Living Blog
- Simplifying the Holidays
- Clutter-free Holiday Gift Ideas!
- Checklist to Simplify Sending Holiday Cards
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I’m appearing at the ADHD EXPO Online 2012 along with 25 other ADHD Experts, Coaches and Doctors!
October 14 – 20, 2012
The Expo is a great place to find support to understand and treat ADD / ADHD. Whether you or a loved one have ADHD, or think you might, you will get lots of great ideas from 25 of the leading ADHD experts, doctors, therapists, educators and coaches in the world.
Speakers are appearing by video to share their best tips and strategies.
Sign up at www.adhdexpo.com/
Just a few of the leading experts you’ll see…
- Sari Solden
- Nancy Ratey
- Dr. Charles Parker
- Melissa Orlov
- Dr. Roberto Olivardia
- Dr. Rory Stern
- Jennifer Koretsky
- Dr. Ari Tuckman
- Dr. Stephanie Sarkis
- Terry Matlen
- David Giwerc
Look forward to connecting with you there!
I’ll be in the chat room as often as I can be. Look for me there!
Want to send me a note or comment about my video appearance? Comment Below.
Want to Learn More Now?
Check out recordings of and clips from some of my past classes on Agile Life Design, ADHD, Organizing, Time Management, and more.
I’m so grateful to You Tube for making it possible for us to see this eminent and enlightened neurologist speaking at a Psychotherapy conference in Romania! And for FREE! The full lecture is available below. Watch it while you can. My experience is that many of the best videos on You Tube get removed after a short time.
A couple of my favorite quotes:
“Pills do not substitute for Skills”
In my life and with my clients, ADHD meds make it easier to learn skills and to USE the skills we have learned to develop new habits.
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 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”
Below I’ve posted excerpts, video clips, and sometimes free access to the complete classes. Some are downloadable recordings, and some are posted on You Tube. You might notice I never teach the same class twice – even if the titles are similar. I’m always learning and my work evolves with me.
Being part of my virtual community is an adventure. Hope you’ll join me!
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p.s. Please forgive the appearance of this page as it is being updated. Classes prior to 2011 have been moved here.
2014 CLASSES AND EVENTS
ADHD Awareness Expo 2014 – October 26 – November 1
This year I presented on “Agile SMART Goals ” Agilizing your goals is about designing them to *fit” you! This image below is the most recent version of the model I showed in the video. (Also See Article: “Agilizing SMART Goals – An updated AGILE approach to Conventional Goal Setting”)
ADHD Awareness Expo 2013 – Designing for Your Brain
AgiliZen Foundation Program 2013
The AgiliZen Foundation Program was a full year program teaching the 10 Mantras of AgiliZen, Self-Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, Resilience and Agility.
Handling Emotional Overwhelm the AgiliZen Way
Listen or download the entire class FREE Here: Handling Emotional Overwhelm the AgiliZen Way
Recorded Feb. 7, 2013,
ADHD Support Talk Radio Appearance
Agile Time Management™ Strategies
View Video Clip FREE: Agile Time Management™ Strategies
Recorded January 17, 2012.
Speaker at GO Month “Organize Your Life” Webinar Series hosted by Alison Carter
Designing Stress Out of Your Holidays
Listen and View Entire class FREE: Designing Stress Out of Your Holidays
October 18, 2012, Speaker at “Finding Your Way” Community Meeting
ADHD Awareness Expo 2012
“Juggling the 8 Dances of Life (TM)”
October 15, 2012, Interviewed by Tara McGillicuddy.
Shared agile approach to prioritizing and productivity challenges and designing solutions that fit you.
Designing Your Life to Fit You
Cultivating Personal Agility
WATCH VIDEO CLIP
April 19 2012, Keynote, Wealthy Thought Leader Conference, Vancouver, Canada
Master Classes: Inside the Agile Life Designer’s Studio – Video Interview Series
I interviewed 6 successful innovators who take us “behind the scenes” into how they cultivate agility and design their lives to evolve with them. Their lives are inspirational showcases of Agile Life Design. They reveal how they have followed their hearts, and designed their careers and organized their daily lives to fit their unique gifts and talents. Click here to see the Guest Teachers List
WATCH Complete Set of Videos – FREE on on my You Tube Channel “ArianeBenefitsU“
VIDEO # 1 – Tara McGillicuddy and Ariane Benefit
The Agile Life Design Studio – 3 week program
Agile Life Design Studio – Audio Webinar Series – 10 sessions – March 1 – 20, 2012
“Tools for Cultivating Personal Agility and Healing Procrastination, Overwhelm, Frustration and Disorganization”
What we covered:
- 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
- Orchestrating 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
AUDIO CLIPS:Coming Soon
“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 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…. 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!”
“I’m thrilled to have found a coach/expert … addressing neurodiversity and the challenges of living in our culture! I am a sociologist by training … 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 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.”
WATCH VIDEO INTRO: What is Personal Agility and Agile Thinking?
- Cultivating Agility provides highly effective alternatives to self-improvement and self-control
- How we develop and unlearn habits, importance of understanding triggered actions and triggered avoidance
- Implications of being a natural born “tweaker” seeing potential for improvement everywhere
- Becoming conscious of how you learn so that you can “shape” vs. control what you learn
- A new way of thinking about core needs and values
- Designing FUN, FIT, FLOW, FLAIR and FUNCTION into your life
Making Time for What Matters When You have ADD / ADHD
ADHD Support Talk Radio Appearance, February 21, 2012
Tara McGillcuddy welcomes back one of ADHD Support Talk Radio’s most popular guests Tara and Ariane discuss how to make time for what matters when you have ADD / ADHD.
LISTEN TO FULL AUDIO
by Ariane Benefit
Originally Published April 1994,in the Human Resources Development Review Quarterly
|LEADERSHIP AND THE NEW SCIENCE – Video, 1993, 23 Minutes, by Dr. Margaret Wheatley.available from CRM Films, Carlsbad, California, 92008. 1-800-421-0833
2011 – I posted an updated review of Leadership and the New Science on Amazon here
This is the original 1994 Version.