An Odyssey Plan is a 5 year plan for a theoretically desired life that answers questions about the option.

Three different lives are contrasted—if three options aren’t readily identifiable, try the current plan, the fallback plan, and the thing pursued if money didn’t matter.

  1. Create a timeline of personal and professional events.
  2. Write a 6 word title summarizing that life.
  3. Analyze: What resources would be needed, how attractive is the plan, is it achievable, is it consistent with personal compass?


  1. William Burnett and David J. Evans, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, First edition (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016). (See notes.)