There is a technique in professional kitchens that is called “mis en place”. Like most things, I learned this through a kids movie (ratatouille). It is the habit by kitchen staff and chefs to set out everything the night before. This is what I do for breakfast with the kids. Coffee machine is timed to wake up and ready, table is set, everything set for smoothie making the next morning.
Phyiscaly setting ingredients and the workspace in readyness plans the project in your head. It is easier in cooking but I beleive it works well for science projects.
Data set up.
Links to relevant papers.
Latex document with bits and pieces collated.
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What else would one set up in advance?