How do I plan my research?

How do I plan my research?

Once you have settled on your research question(s) you should identify the key tasks that need to be completed.  These might be, for example, interviews that you intend to conduct, books and articles that you plan to read, questionnaires that you intend to distribute, data that you want to collect, and so on.  Some of these tasks might be quite complex, and you should also spend time thinking about the different things that you will need to do in order to successfully carry out those tasks.  For example, if you want to interview people, you may need to spend time in advance applying for ethical approval, reading up on interview techniques, preparing your questions, contacting your interviewees and arranging interview times.

Once you have a rough idea about your key tasks, then you should plan out how and when you are going to carry them out.  You may find it helpful to illustrate your research plan with a Gantt chart.  When planning your research schedule, don’t forget to factor in time for revisions, for breaks, and for your other commitments (such as exams).