Designing your life methodology.

  1. Complete a “where you are” survey (1 hour).
  2. Write a “personal compass” life/work view (1 hour, yearly).
  3. Keep a “good time journal” (3 weeks).
  4. Mindmap different life visions (15 minutes).
  5. Write “odyssey plans” for life visions (15 minutes).
  6. Prototype odyssey plans for validation.
  7. Learn from failures (ongoing).


Each artifact rolls up into a higher level of analysis.

  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.)