Disillusioned with Zettelkasten method; am I doing something wrong?
Sorry to make my first post here a negative one.
Last year I read Sönke Ahrens' 'How To Take Smart Notes' and studied the information on this website. The productivity gains, easier writing, better thinking, and new idea generation seemed so great. That would really help me in my learning and blogging!
But now, around 10 months later, I'm disappointed with my Zettelkasten. Don't get me wrong, learning new things and taking notes is a quite pleasant experience. So it's a great tool for that. But for generating valuable output? Not so much in my case.
I don't know what I do wrong. I make atomic notes. Craft index notes that create an overview of the topic. Add links between notes. Connect new notes with old notes. Create higher level index notes to show an overview of topics. Add tags to notes so I can find interesting relationships. Made a 'home' note that lists all the topics. And work on my Zettelkasten daily.
And yet the productivity gains aren't there. For one topic in particular, quite an easy one in terms of complexity, I've time logged about 55 hours since December 15. I estimate around 15 hours was reading the material. All the other time went into note crafting. So far all that work has not produced a single blog post.
Ahrens discusses how Luhmann describes how working with the Zettelkasten was 'almost no effort at all'. That is not the case for me; I struggle tremendously with creating good index notes. They are either too small to give a good overview, or I get lost in all the fine details my notes present. The same problem applies to outlining potential blog posts.
Ahrens also mentions how Luhmann's roughly 90,000 notes helped him write 58 books and hundreds of articles. My Zettelkasten has close to 10,000 notes and over a million words. But helped me generate 0 blog posts and of course no book at all.
So I must be doing something very wrong. Because the productivity gains aren't there. And I 'waste' a lot of time working with the Zettelkasten without getting output.
Part of my problem in the past was the Collector's Fallacy, as discussed on this site. But now that I'm focused on that topic since December 15, and work with the information already in the Zettelkasten, there's still so much time spend interacting, merging, correcting, improving, and structuring note overviews that it's quite discouraging.
Any idea what I could try?
Thanks so much in advance for suggestions.
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