Planning how you go about your research is vital. Check with your department at the beginning of each year what internal due dates they have put in place for proposal approval submissions, ethics clearance processes, and thesis/dissertation examination submission due dates, for example, and then plan according to them (in collaboration with your supervisor or promoter). Use the plan.it project manager resource provided below to map out your time-line and to set yourself personal goals. Take note of other research support services available to you as postgraduate. Find a self-help guide to working with Microsoft Excel for data management here.