What is Zettelkasten
- We all deal with learning and sharing ideas.
- Zettelkasten is a framework to help organize your ideas, thoughts, and information.
- Store your ideas.
- Find your ideas.
- Retrieve your ideas.
- Link your ideas together.
- Store your fleeting notes in the inbox.
- Store your long-term durable notes in the Permanent folder.
- Store your primary source of information in the Reference folder.
- Store your notes related to a single project in the Projects folder.
What Makes a Good Zettelkasten Notes
- The note should be in your own words.
- The note should connect to your existing knowledge.
- Don’t let yourself fall into the collector fallacy, where you simply collect a bunch of notes without any connection.
Types of Zettelkasten Notes
- They are your ideas that just as you come across things in life.
- The ideas come up, and you want to relate it to something.
- These are notes you take from books, videos, blogs etc.
- You take notes about what the resource is saying.
- You can later connect them to your existing notes.
- These are notes that come from your literature and fleeting notes and begins to form your second brain.
- These are notes you collect, retrieve from your durable notes to produce an outcome.
- Is this something that deserves moving from your literature/fleeting notes into your durable notes.
- Is this a unique note?
- Does this actually contain your own thoughts on the subject?
- Does this note stand on its own?
- Is it atomic and self-contained?
- Does this note help to build your knowledge base?
- A good tool should increase the complexity of the system.
- Make sure you own the data, or you can easily download your data in a structured format.
- Choose a tool that is available on all the operating system and devices you use.
- Choose a tool that can create backlinks/WikiLinks.
- Obsidian which stores your files in Markdown is a good option.
Basic Zettelkasten Organization
- Inbox: Stores your fleeting notes.
- Permanent: Stores your durable notes.
- Projects: Stores your project related notes.
- References: Stores your literature notes.
- Resources: Stores assets like images, audio, pdfs etc.
- Templates: Stores predefined obsidian templates.
- We will see how to take smart notes using the Zettlekasten method in the next article.