A novel has a lot of moving parts. When you factor in research, articles saved with Web Clipper, and random jottings about who did what to whom, you'll probably find you have a lot of notes for your writing project. Consider adding a couple more to keep it all straight: a dashboard where you can manage the whole thing, and a checklist for bringing your completed opus to the world.
Choose an appropriate goal and clearly define your objective. Take into consideration not only the importance of your goal, but also how reachable it is considering the time frame and resources you have to work with. Use a team to create your plan. This won't be appropriate in certain cases, but brainstorming with team members can help create a stronger plan of . And in the course of creating a plan, you may find that you need input from others outside the team as well. Choose steps that are concrete, measurable and attainable. These steps should be clearly defined, not vague ideas.