We covered the basics already, but hello again! I’m a self-identified Type-A creative, multipotentialite, planner & productivity obsessed, incessantly overachieving perfectionist. What does all that mean?
I’m a girl whose creative tendencies give my Type-A brain seizures occasionally (figuratively speaking). My need for planning and organization in combination with a creative brain translates to I am probably the most organized scatter-brained person you’ll ever meet. I have a TON of interests, which has led to a life of jumping from one thing to the next because I want to learn about #allthethings. I’m never satisfied…always seeking something new. My over-achieving perfectionist traits mean I am always getting in my own way when it comes to being productive which is obviously a problem since I love to plan and get shit done.
I spent years feeling like I just sucked at life. I was never going to be happy and would always be stuck in this cyclical search for happiness.
It wasn’t until I identified and came to terms with all of this about myself that I was able to start putting life together in a meaningful and productive way.
My high ambitions and simultaneous need for zen have driven a lifelong pursuit of the ultimate time management and life planning system to keep me on track yet sane. And my soul searching to figure out my “place” in the world has led me here, sharing my journey to a productive and happy life with you. So what got me here?
Hey there! I’m Ashlie.
I love all things planning, organization, productivity and design.
That handsome feller is my husband of 15 years Garrett. His sacrifice makes Be Productively possible, so he gets a feature too!
My professional career really began in 2011. I was a senior in college finishing up my undergrad in Psychology when I landed a job as a bookkeeper (with zero experience and I hated math by the way) working for a CPA firm with every intention of putting myself through grad school pursuing psychology. Fast forward to 2013 I had a second undergrad degree in Accounting and was studying to sit for the CPA exam. In 2014 I got a great job working as the CFO of a law firm and LOVED it! But here’s the plot twist. I’ve also been a proud military spouse since 2005. Knowing I was going to have to leave the job I loved so much eventually inspired me to pursue another route and I applied to be an Officer in the Air Force (in Finance of course because, accounting is life). And, here we are now! Currently, both my husband and I are serving in the Air Force full time! In fact, as I write this bio, we are stationed in Japan and loving it.
Of course, all that school, working full time, studying for exams and keeping up with the kids required me to be somewhat of an organized or time-aware person, but I didn’t have any systems in place nor was I aware at the time of any apps or tools to help me. I was just in general pretty good about keeping my crap together.
Enter the Happy Planner. 2017. My life was changed. FOREVER. Read more about that here. (Coming soon) A monster was born. Since then I have spent hours upon days researching and trying out different planners, task management systems (both paper and virtual) and any other productivity tools I can get my hands on.
So what makes me qualified to teach you or help anyone with @allthethings productivity. Pfft…absolutely nothing. Unless you count an entire lifetime of research, trials and tribulations, blood, sweat and tears (ok maybe the blood and sweat was a little bit too far, but the tears, totally not an exaggeration). All joking aside, this is a topic that quite literally consumes a large chunk of my life. It even got to a point where I was doing more planning to plan than actually executing what I had planned. And it’s part of the reason I started this blog.
What is Be Productively?
As I go through my journey to nail down a process and a life, despite my many conflicting personality traits and never-ending interests, that works for me, I realized that there are so many people out there that are going through the same thing.
Which planner should I use? Is paper better than digital? What about Trello vs Asana vs ClickUp?
If you’re anything like me, you find that while you manage to be really good at everything you do, it’s still never enough so you have to try something new.
Maybe you’ve been called a “slow starter” because it takes you forever to make a decision because you’re afraid you’ll make the wrong one. (I prefer the term deliberate but, whatevs).
Or, you’re a super-organized planner junkie who still can’t manage to finish 90% of the things you start or get through your to-do list because you’re too busy making to-do lists.
Ever get sick of being told you need to find your “niche”, get great at it and make a successful life around it? What if your niche is to not have a niche? (You can read all about being a multipotentialite here, this seriously changed my life). Guess what? That’s ok!
You have a million thoughts and questions running through your head, how do you organize them in a way that you can actually tackle them instead of just throwing up your hands and walking away entirely (no really, I did that with this blog idea over the last 4 years).
So what is BeProductively? It seems like we have a lot goin’ on over here that doesn’t necessarily sound like “productivity”…
I want you to pull up a Thesaurus. Seriously. Ok ok, I’ll do it for you.
Productively doesn’t just mean productive.
Be Productively is all about living life completely. It’s about being energized by what you’re doing everyday. It’s about excellence in all you do (like that Air Force plug I did there?). It’s about becoming an expert in ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU DAMN WELL PLEASE!
It’s a community for anyone who has ever felt like no matter how many goals they set, they never seem to achieve them. Or if they do it’s never enough.
It’s for the perfectionist who struggles to finish anything or ask for help because it’ll never be good enough.
It’s for the person of many interests who just can’t seem to figure out how to make it all mesh together.
It’s for the person in their 30s and beyond who feel like they should have their shit together by now but still can’t seem to find their “one thing” to build a career on. Ummm, time’s tickin’ sister…you’re gonna be missing the boat for a retirement soon.
It’s for anyone who feels like there’s something missing from life, or maybe feels like they just suck at it but can’t figure out why.
It’s for the person who keeps changing careers, endlessly seeking happiness, and feels like it’s because there’s something wrong with them and no one else understands.
I get asked all the time: Ashlie, how do you stay so organized? How do you remember everything? But you’re so good at that, why would you want to do something else…again? Why can’t you just pick something? Seriously Ashlie, how do you keep up with 4 DIFFERENT PLANNERS!?
Well, let me show you!