Hello Long Espresso,
Welcome to Eve, I hope you have a long rewarding career here. That’s great to hear you’re working ‘The Plan’ and that you now have all 4 main Factions close to equal standings. Also please excuse the following wall of text.
I should mention that ‘The Plan’ was initially created for the repair of negative standings which is the reason why it states to complete all level 1 Event Agents for that Faction and it’s allied Faction. For a new character, ‘The See-Saw’ section would be more important then following the initial steps laid out in ‘Work The Plan’.
The thing to remember while working ‘The Plan’ is to keep checking your standings after completing the mission series of each Event Agent. That means each Event Agent, not all the Agents in that group classification.
For a new character starting off with the Career Agents for each Faction. While running one set of Career Agents, keep checking the Faction standings after completing each Career Agent. If the standings are fine after completing that set of 5 Career Agents, then continue on to the next set of Career Agents for that Faction. If the standings for the opposing Faction are tilting to very bad negative status, then switch over and do one set of Career Agents for that opposing Faction. Continue checking the standings and working the Career Agents by switching back and forth as needed to bring up standings for all Factions as equally as possible.
The main thing to remember is you want to always maintain access to all other Agents of the same level so you can switch over and start working the opposing Faction when their standings get down close to the point of no access.
This is very important for the level 2 and higher level Agents. Always try to maintain an equal standing with all Factions by switching back and forth when needed. Now this doesn’t really matter too much for the level 1 Agents since they can always be accessed but you definitely don’t want to create a big standing spread between the two teams of allied Factions, most importantly you don’t want the Faction standing to drop to -5.00 or lower since that will cause Faction NPC’s to attack when in their space…
You’re doing the level 2 Event Agents (Data Center) which require +1.00 standing for access. While working the Gallente Data Center Agents you see Caldari Faction standing drop down close to +1.00 standing. Even though you still have some Gallente Data Center Agents left to complete, switch over and start working the level 2 Caldari Data Center Agents. Now when the Gallente Faction drops down close to +1.00 standing, you then switch back and complete the rest of the Gallente Data Center Agents.
Now if Caldari standing is still very high and well above +1.00 standing after completing the Gallente level 2 Data Center Agents, then switch over to the Minmatar level 2 Data Center Agents. When the standings tilt back the other way, switch over to the opposing Faction Data Center Agents, Caldari if they’re not completed or if completed then Amarr.
Basically you’re doing a Tug-Of-War game between each team of Factions, you constantly switch back and forth between the Agents so that no team gains a big advantage in positive standings.
So as a new character I would work one set of Event Agents for a Faction and then do that same set for the opposing Faction, then do those Agents for their allied Factions in the same order, alternating between each allied Faction.
The order of Factions presented here is just an example.
Then I’d do that same order of Faction with the Circle Agents, then the same order with the Level 1 Data Center Agents and the same order again with the level 1 Cosmos Agents. Then go back to the same order and work the level 2 Data Center Agents followed by the same order for the level 2 Cosmos Agents. So on and so forth until all agents are completed.
Also always check the standings and switch over to the opposing Faction when needed in order to maintain access and bring them all up equally.
Along with reduced Broker Fees, high Faction standing allows access to all agents within that Faction. However Cosmos Agents will require a higher amount of Faction standing than regular Agents as listed here. The only exception to using Faction standing for access are R&D Agents which require both Corporation and Faction standing.
By the way, there’s an active thread for questions and comments pertaining to ‘The Plan’ posted here.
Anyway, I hope this clears things up. Good luck and may you have much success.