Start Small

Does that research project seem too large? Maybe it is. Pick a smaller task or research goal to start on and go from there. 

Don’t think about building the whole house in one day. Worry about the first brick, digging that first bit for the basement, etc. 
Then maybe you will at least get SOMETHING done–even if it isn’t EVERYTHING. Your descendants will appreciate something small that got completed versus some grand plan you never got started.