Zettelkasten by Tomas Vikfleeting
- External reference: https://blog.viktomas.com/posts/slip-box-after-a-year/
- External reference: https://blog.viktomas.com/posts/slip-box/
Zettelkasten note-taking in 10 minutes · Tomas Vik
This article should be enough of the introduction to get you started.
improve the value of your notes as you create more of them
The advanced practices are useful only when you’ve got close to 1000 notes
You write notes with a clear purpose: your future self is going to be reorganizing them and using them to produce articles or books
Always use your own words. Copying doesn’t give you feedback on your understanding.
The main unit of information within the method is a permanent note. This note is:
atomic: always focused on a single topic, that makes linking notes easier self-contained: you will forget the context in a few weeks, the note needs to explain itself in separation from the fleeting context permanent: you are never going to delete the note, it might just fade into the background if there aren’t many links to it concise: few paragraphs maximum, restricting the size helps you get the gist and keep the note atomic
Advice #1: Don’t try to get this method perfect from the get go. The advanced practices are useful only when you’ve got close to 1000 notes.
premise is that you’ll understand something once, and then you’ll always have this understanding stored in your Slip-box as a note. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
- Short - Short note is easier to read and keep it on a single topic. I try to keep my notes about four paragraphs or less.
- Atomic - The note contains one idea or fact, making the notes easier to link and deduplicate.
- Densely-linked - When the note uses another thought or fact, you don’t repeat it but refer (link) to it.
- Optimised for reading - You spend more time writing and polishing the note because you expect to read it over and over again as opposed to the write-and-forget style.
spent more time writing them because you explain the topic with low context to your future self who already forgot all about it.