Resources

Plan A living is nourished by ideas and good thinking that helps us make better choices. Below you’ll find resources that can help you on your Plan A journey. Check back from time to time as we’ll update and enrich as we discover useful tips. Have a suggestion? Please share.

Cultivate Plan A Thinking

Know your why.

It’s not “follow your passion,” it’s develop your passion. Here’s how.

e.e. cummings on “To be nobody but yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else.”  From Maria Popova’s endlessly inspiring “BrainPickings.”

How to envision “Future You” so you make better decisions as “Present You.”

Get over your “ought” self. Act on your hopes and dreams, the research says.

Here’s the payoff: What Tayari Jones did with her Oprah’s Book Club $.


Here’s some pluck to push you forward.

Grow Your Grit says Angela Duckworth.

Life is a shipwreck,” wrote Voltaire, “but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”

What do people regret when the end is near? Top Five.

Why millennials are burning out.

She googled how to leave her job while leading PR at Google. 837 easy steps. A hoot.

TED Talks: Five Ways to Kill your Dreams and have the balls to follow your dreams …

Revel in the smart, inspiring work of Krista Tippett and her On Being project. A few of our faves: Brene Brown on Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart; Sharon Salzberg on Happiness is an Arm of Resilience; and Maira Kalman on Daily Things to Fall in Love With.


Wait, I haven’t got time for Plan A…

Yeah, you do. Start by not overloading your schedule with this advice from Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Make 1% changes every day. James Clear, Atomic Habits and the short course.

A quick tip on how to make the most of your downtime by planning and layering it.

Maybe it’s time to bullet journal? Here’s how to make one. Notebook and pen required.

Need an app? I’m gonna give Remember The Milk a try. You?


Prove it? The research:

Making a backup plan undermines performance as reported in Harvard Business Review