Consider your assignment, goals, and situation
What does the assignment require you to do? If you aren’t sure, get clarification.
When is it due?
How much work do you think it will require? See Create a Project Plan below for help estimating this.
How much leeway does it give you in choosing a topic or approach?
Will it help you achieve your goals?
If it would help to modify the assignment in some way, consider negotiating with your instructor or employer.
Think carefully about your goals before you decide to take on an assignment.
Educational goals -- what do you wish to learn?
Answer this question: Do I really want to do this assignment?
“What if I’m not excited about this assignment, but it is required for achieving a long-term goal I really want to accomplish?”
Consider the perspective of Victor Frankl (1984), who believed that a person who has a meaningful purpose can cope with almost any situation. Keep your eye on your long-term goal, and you can do whatever it takes to get there.
A project plan can be very informal. The purpose is not to impress anyone but to help yourself. By writing down some sort of plan, you give yourself some guidelines.
It is usually impossible to anticipate all the tasks that will need to be done or exactly how long they will take. But a plan helps you get started.