I had asked a similar question after six months into my current PhD. Then, the question was too dependent on individual factors and hence the question was closed. I will briefly explain the situation now after almost a year and a half.
I managed to do a detailed literature review and found my research questions. I passed my one year review.
A lot of reading just before the review helped me improve both professionally and personally. I moved through to formulate the narrow scope of research by myself.
I have a simplified boiled down model of the questions in hand. Two other researchers also like the idea of the narrow scope and they are positive that I can solve it.
Discouraging environment. Supervisor doesn't know the topic more. Not supportive of creative ideas. Always wants me to remain under his shoes.
The research is so isolated. Buying other researchers' time is not feasible always.
Supervisor's history is also bad. More than 60% of the students had left under him. Rest had inter-department projects.
Lack of motivation because the research area is deliberately redirected towards something that I don't enjoy.
The reason I asked this is because I want to finish my PhD in time (within two and a half years more). I see the research areas and videos of other places (that interest me) and I feel like I should do those things. At the same time, I feel like I should by hook or by crook finish this PhD and get a very good profile and get to the domain I want after two and a half years. This is because I don't have any publications yet. I do have one very good journal paper in the process, which was from my master thesis (Not related to my PhD).