Second Edition of the book: How comprehensive do you want the integration into life?
Dear Zettlers and Zettelnauts.
The draft is growing. Next week I shall finish the chapter named "Lift treasures out of your Zettelkasten" which is dedicated to pulling ideas and texts out of your Zettelkasten. Then I'll have the following chapters left:
- Choosing Software
- The Zettelkasten and the life of a knowledge worker
- Zettelkastens Theory
Choosing software is simple to write. Zettelkastens Theory will be blown out of proportion during the first drafting phase just to be victim to heavy editing with severe shrinkage as a result.
But: I am not sure what is the right amount for the chapter about the integration of the Zettelkasten. Keep in mind, that I wrote a short book on that topic already. Topics like Deep Work (as coined by Cal Newport), habit building (based on my own work), attention management (based on my own work) and overall controlling (based on my own work) are part of this chapter. But also: Extensive use cases on how to use the Zettelkasten Method as a student, a researcher, a fiction writer, for personal usage (timely example: Use it as an assistance for martial arts practice) etc.
With that in mind, what are your suggestions? What do you wish and what don't you want to be part of the chapter? (Just say it. I don't have this fragile artist's soul that can't handle different opinions. )
I am asking because as I observe this topic unfolding in the internet I rarely see a holistic perspective on knowledge work. Mostly, it is theory on how a Zettelkasten works, sometimes it is complains about the lack of practical manuals to the method and rarely it is integration into the general workflow and lifestyle.
I am asking because I was thinking about GTD and why it resonated with so many people. I think the exact reason is that David Allan made the same decision: It is not the why which is so important but the how.
Concrete example: I have quite some material on how to apply the concepts of deep work to the Zettelkasten Method but also borrow from GTDesque workflows. But does anybody wants it to be part of such a book?
I am a Zettler
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