When I first started my PhD, the enormity of what I had to do would often overwhelm me. I knew that I had to break my research project down into smaller steps, so I did that early on. Yet I still get overwhelmed every now and then.
I have found that a small phrase or quote can often help put my project in perspective and get me researching again. Here’s one that worked well for me:
Research is doing small, manageable steps:
- Pose a question,
- Collect data to answer the question, and
- Present an answer to the question (Creswell, 2008, p. 3).
This helps me to see that no matter how big I imagine my research project to be, it really is just a set of basic steps. Now I see my research as doable.
How do you deal with feeling overwhelmed? What works for you?
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Creswell, J. W. (2008). Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. (3rd ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.