Bottom up notes structure
I've just been browsing the Discord forum that @ctietze linked to and something clicked about the bottom up nature of zettelkasten.. I think this is why I cognitively struggle - I'm very naturally a 'top down' thinker - I work best starting from a simple but structured top level and working down.
I recognise the limitations in that though - I have to do a lot of reading to get the top level into my head before I can then build down from that, and that usually leads to reading with no tangible output and the need to start over once I'm in a position to start taking notes.
On the other hand, I find taking notes at the zettel level incredibly hard without the top level already in place. I find it hard to know whether something is relevant or not, and hard to know how much information to note down that will be sufficient and meaningful to my future self.
Have any of you found the same cognitive dissonance with this method, and how did you work through that? I read the book on smart notes and on paper it all makes sense, it just trips me up at the doing stage...
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