Do you have a systematic way of cleaning up your ZK?
I'm thinking of Ross Ashby, who admitted that the thinking in his earliest notebooks was rough and unpolished.
I'm also thinking of my own work. I'm about a year into using a ZK seriously, and finishing my third term in an MS program (I began in May of 2020). I keep finding notes that were either left empty but not flagged for completion, or I find notes that are dismally poor in what they explain. I want to improve this. And frankly, I need to, with my thesis process starting in two months.
Yes, I know this is a process -- I can see my thinking and my notes getting better over time. But I also know that I need to make sure my ZK (the mainstay of my PKM system) is robust and accurate. What solutions do people have for a "spring cleaning" of their notes?
Here are specific problems I want to address:
1. Having structure notes that are too massive and thereby not used. I've shifted to relying more on searches.
2. Having notes that are empty or incomplete (and no good system for regular review)
3. Having notes that need to be merged or split and appropriately retitled.
4. Having missing links between ideas.
To be clear, I know I could do something like add a link between notes. I'm more interested if there are strategies for combing through an entire ZK to find these cases. Though more nebulous, I'm also trying to find places where there is a gap in my ZK that new notes might fill in.
Observations logged here: write.as/via-poetica
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