What is the boundary between your ZK and other notes?
What goes in your ZK and what goes elsewhere?
I've been thinking about the different kinds of notes I take.
For my academic work, I'm maintaining a ZK in ST3 that has mostly extracts from publications as well as some topical overview notes I make related to academic science.
But there are many other kinds of notes I make that are knowledge work, but not directly related to the main theme of my academic work. Such notes include:
- Ideas (scientific, medical, inventions, etc.)
- Code snippets
- Logs/records of events and meetings (personal or job)
- Planning notes (where I do some planning of some project)
- Brainstorming notes
- Random thoughts (thinking in writing)
- Lists of useful resources for something (say, learning Python)
- Records of miscellaneous things (addresses, directions, etc.)
- Reflections (journaling)
Right now, all these other kinds of notes go into nvALT, which is my dumping bucket for everything because it's just so fast.
My desire to keep them separate is so that the signal/noise ratio in my academic ZK stays high. With that said, there is stuff in my nvALT repository that could conceivably interact with the think I keep in my ZK. Like code snippets or ideas or brainstorming.
What do you think are best practices? Strict boundaries? Or should a ZK be just an externalization of thinking, no matter how formal or germane to a particular topic?
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