Go through your scrapbook, Moleskine, Evernote every once in a while and cross patterns and connect the dots. Instead of doing more research, review the notes you’ve taken to date.
The big idea exists not in the next article you read but in how you tie together everything you’ve collected to date. What are the major themes and takeaways? More importantly, what are you going to do with that information to make it useful?
Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever, make. – Joss Whedon
Learning depends on your ability to synthesize information but also depends on your ability to recast information into something novel.