I'm an undergraduate doing research and I have some friends in a similar field who also started in a close timeframe. While my friends have very detailed and concrete tasks (e.g. watch X lecture, do X assignment, read X book to build up to X project/X paper) I don't get quite as much support and feel a bit overwhelmed with having to complete a single large task at a time (e.g. read X paper, do X project).
I would communicate how I feel; however I recently started and I don't know if it would make sense to communicate with my (grad student) advisor about this since of course I should be familiar with content for courses I already took (which for the most part I am but I still feel a bit lost) and it appears that my advisor wants me to learn any new content on the spot.
How can I get over this feeling of being overwhelmed by a large task? It feels rather difficult to break into small tasks, and I can just feel myself falling behind day by day and feeling less motivated to work on my project.