What is my pressing question or research problem?
Why do I care about this question or solving this problem?
Who else cares about this question or solving this problem?
What is the potential "cost" to myself and/or others (the world) if this problem is not solved?
What is the potential contribution to myself and/or others if headway is made toward solving this problem?
What resources could I use to work on this problem and/or present my findings?
Learning Consultant (Teacher)
People who have asked this question or worked on this problem before
Cool projects I could emulate or follow after
My previous knowledge/experiences
Who is my audience?
Which medium or style would be most appropriate for my audience?
How might I communicate what I have learned or am learning?
What are my learning objectives and how will I evaluate my own success?
What new skills, habits, or personal characteristics might I improve or gain by working on this question?
What end project would I like to produce that would demonstrate "fluency"?
What end goal(s) would inspire me to learn?
Who will I report to at the end of this learning cycle or project?
What new questions does this learning cycle bring up?
How much time will I need to work on this project?
Do I have a limit? What would I consider TOO much time? When would I call it quits and move on to another question?
How will I keep track of time spent?
How will I keep track of tasks accomplished?
Will I need to coordinate with other schedules?
Is there a budget? How will I manage money or other allocated resources?