I see the value of a Zettelkasten for academic pursuits, and I have begun to implement one for such.
At the same time, I have a number of non-academic notes that I could see fitting into a Zettelkasten, but I'm not sure how. I can't tell if that's because they don't belong in a Zettelkasten or because I haven't thought through or seen a good example of what that would look like. Here are two examples, I'd love your input!
Example 1: Interesting info found on the web
I ran across this link about the 40 Best Google Fonts. From what I've read, the value of what I put into a Zettelkasten is what I can put in my own words. I haven't the foggiest what that would look like for this article. Do I look through this post now and decide what I like from it? Do I create a note about potential font choices and suggest that this might be a helpful resource? Or does this simply not belong in a Zettlekasten that I intend to have ... thirty years from now? I'm leaning towards that later, but then what do I do with this bit of information?
Example 2: Someday/Maybe Ideas
I'm a pastor and have long managed a someday/maybe list of things I'd like to do in the future. These range from ideas related to rebuilding our website to leading a Bible study on a particular topic. Since I have not committed to these ideas, the "bottom up" up approach of organization found in a Zettlekasten seems like the appropriate approach to managing them.
For the past several years and before I even knew about Zettlekasten, I've managed them in my notes app, one note per idea. I can see the value that networking these ideas together might have, but once again, I can't tell if this is a brilliant non-academic application of the Zettlekasten or if they don't belong because they are potential, future actions instead of knowledge.
Summing it up
I realize that a Zettlekasten is ultimately what an individual makes of it. What works for one person might not work for another, but I would love your input in thinking through this. Thanks so much!
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