Use your bedroom floor to make piles of all the papers, dividing them into different segments or chapters.
Some of them will overlap into multiple segments and that can also be taken care of. After the segmentation, kindly assign a number to each paper.
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Create a topic of your research assignment along with the subtopics labeled as A, B, C, D etc. Each topic can now be a different pile, separated with the help of sticky notes.
Now sort all your papers according to the piles, and when they are complete, start to label each piece of research with a letter and a number. So Your papers would be labeled like A1, A2, B1, B3 and so on.
Place your piles into separate folders labeled like the subtopics, stapling the sticky notes on the outside of it’s matching folder.
Now you can start writing your paper as you have chronological, topic-wise segregation of all your notes. While writing the paper, do check if the notes are appropriate or can also fit somewhere else. Notes can later be replaced by citations.
Divide your paper into three sections: a 2.5” margin to the left, a 2” summary section on the bottom, and a main 6” section.
The advantages of this method are notes that are neatly organized and summarized.
Spend 5 minutes each morning preparing your task list to have only accomplishable tasks that fit the time you have available. Keep other tasks on a holding list for another day.
An idea is a connection between two concepts.
Steve Jobs said that creativity is just connecting things. When you understand that and think of ideas in that way, the process of generating ideas will seem a lot less intimidating.
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