Track your progress

Once you have broken down the main, complex task into smaller ones, it is important to plan your time and keep track of your progress.

Since disruptions are inevitable and some tasks may take longer than anticipated, you should plan to review and adjust your timeline based on your circumstances.

A simple Gantt Chart can help you stay on track. A Gantt Chart is a visual timeline that helps you to set a deadline for the specific tasks/steps towards your main submission deadline.

Another option is a Kanban board. This can be as simple as an A3 piece of paper with three columns and some sticky notes.

The process is simple, but effective:

  • Create a card for each stage/step of the research project.
  • Put those in the 'to do' column.
  • On each card:
    • Write a brief description
    • Include a deadline for each step to make it easy to judge if you are on-track or not.
  • When you start a step, move that card into the 'doing' column. You may need to work on multiple steps at a time, but try not to have more than two cards in this column at a time.
  • When you complete a step, move its card into the 'done' column.
  • Adjust backwards, not forwards! When you anticipate a setback or delay in advance, get in the habit of bringing your timeline backward to an earlier date, instead of pushing it to a later date.

For more information on managing your time per teaching period, per week and per day, see Manage your time.

Note

Google Jamboard is an effective way to create an online version.

Adjust backwards, not forwards! When you anticipate a setback or delay in advance, get in the habit of bringing your timeline backward to an earlier date, instead of pushing it to a later date.

Watch the following video for tips on breaking down the task and tracking your progress.