Sticky notes, lot and lots of sticky notes. But seriously, everyone thinks and organizes their ideas in different ways, especially when dealing with a subject like the Plan Process. The best advice I can give is to ask “why?” about everything you write. For example: I want to study the presentation of history. Why? Because the presentation (especially in museums) is very passive. Why? Because the non-specialist audience has no way to relate or converse with the expert. Why? STOP ASKING THAT.
This is actually what happened during a meeting between me and my adviser when I was in the process of writing my Plan and it really, really helped. It was awful and painful and really annoying but after, I had a much clearer idea not only of what I am studying but why I am studying it.
Don’t know if this helps at all, but that’s how I would go about it.
Arden J. ‘16