Friendly "Hello!" from a scholar of social science, photographer and university teacher
As I am roaming through this forum for some months now and benefitted from the various posts, insights, workflows, concepts and interpretations of the ZK method as a "silent reader", I thought it might be time to take the opportunity to wave a friendly "hello!". Sorry for putting it off for so long.
My name's Chris and I am a scholar in Social and Political Science as well as a (graduated) photographer and currently work at a university as researcher and teacher. My main topics (as for now) are political participation, diversity and urban and social movements. However, my interests are certainly not limited to these fields and span interdisciplinary across multiple areas. My mind is a messy place where I keep (and keep to forget) so many things. I hope to load some of that mess off into my ZK some day.
I mainly use my digital ZK1 to gather knowledge I stumble across my (nonfictional as well as fictional and cineatic) readings and link these ideas to other Zettels (I think that's the main idea of the process).2 For example, as I am also reading on postcolonialism and imagery, I think I can also use it to develop my photographic projects. In practice, I am currently working on my dissertation (or its preparation), the preparation of my seminars and other outputs.
What currently strikes me most when working with my ZK is that I can dump a quote from, let's say, StarTrek and take it as an (geeky) example for Classic Intercultural Education and integrate it into my seminar presentation. One day I hope I can even develop my own thoughts out of this knowledge.
As I made the same rookie mistake as many other before (and after) me, I first saw the ZK method as something fixed and "has to be" while I realised too late that I had to start small and focus on my own workflow first. I am currently in a stage where I review my first Zettels and rewrite and relink them into Structure Zettel/Notes (which, in fact, grow in numbers the more I progress) and force me to think about the introduction of Hub Notes. I think you can say: Progression is pain and key to your workflow and routine.
What I actually want to say is: I am glad to have found this dynamic and active forum/community and I hope that soon I can contribute to your discussions as well, as I have already gained so much from your interactions among each other.
The Archive on steroids (Keyboard Maestro macros). ↩︎
The plain text world is nothing new to me, though. Since my M.A. thesis, I was diving into this whole world of GTD, task management, organisation, going paperless (I guess everyone here went that path and most of you are still walking it). For some time now I am using TaskPaper for my Task Management and a modified version of the Eisenhower-Matrix macro. I am coming to realise that I need to tweek my workflow a bit but that's another story for 2021. ↩︎
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