After you finish writing down what you'll need to know, it's time to head to the library or your laptop. Search engines will be crucial for efficiently researching your goal. A simple trick is to write "How to [apply for college, lose weight, etc.]..." in quotation marks in the search box and see what kinds of information turns up. If you have a specific product in mind, say for losing weight or for quitting smoking, find the website or the phone number and ask for information or prices.
Magazines available at the library for free can offer quick, reader-friendly information and almost every issue in any niche has articles especially for beginners just starting out and has fresh, new advice that you won't find in older books. However, for the most information in one place, books on your general area will be invaluable.
If you have Rs.100-200 to spend you can find a great book for beginners on your topic at a bookstore or on internet make sure you thoroughly read the reviews or skim through the book to make sure it will be a smart buy, but a recent book published within the last few years is your best bet. Beginner books series specializes on introducing new topics for beginners and have step by step plans and advice. If you are totally lost on how to start realizing your goal, find a book specially targeted for beginners.
If you need a support group, search for forums where people interested in similar goals and hobbies join to talk in one place. These forums, such as the Weight Watchers forums, are a great way to find people who are farther along in their journey and can offer guidance, advice, and help for people just like you starting out. There are also hotlines you can call for anonymous counseling on quitting smoking or finding professional help for substance and alcohol abuse.
When researching, keep a pad of paper near your workspace so you can take notes. This information will be used to help you flesh out your plan later. Depending on the goal, researching can take 1-2 hours so set aside a few blocks of time during the week if you have a tight deadline to search online or visit the library. If you have decided to purchase a book, you can highlight key points and write down the steps they outline.