Critical to sticking to a project plan and setting your research pace is knowing what needs to get done day by day.
A weekly plan can include any level of detail that is appropriate, but the plan must leave space for errors and distractions. A good plan will likely lead to a single completed task in an overall project, as well as preparation for the next week’s main task and smaller administrative requirements. This pace of work will likely provide enough time to deal with unforeseen setbacks and produce concrete results.
Consider sitting down on a Friday afternoon with other Lab mates, assisting each other in reviewing the week’s progress and in preparing for the next week’s work.