Thinking with Zettelkasten

It's also worth saying that I virtually never delete anything, even though the software (via git) would provide a record of any deletions. Instead, when I change my mind or encounter new evidence, I just append a new note to the existing one. In effect this produces a living record of my thinking.

  • zettels should generally be append-only and link to next note to show the progression of thinking on given topic
  • paraphrase and rewrite in addition to copying the text (rewriting)
  • linking new notes by hand (as opposed to some "magical" automatic system) seems beneficial:
  • zettels should be atomic - one idea (even if undefined) per zettel

Dialog Across Time

Note Titles Becoming Abstractions

  • when thinking with zettelkasten I found that after a while note titles themselves become a shortcut to the ideas noted inside - I no longer have to open the note to have a mental picture of what it's about
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