What made the Zettelkasten Method stick for you?
In another thread, we have Robert Minto telling his story of how a Zettelkasten ultimately didn't help with his PhD.
For those of us around here that kept their Zettelkasten for a project or two, I wonder what you think makes the difference.
So I'm programming every day. Before that, I was at Uni and, well, did stuff there. Here's a couple things that would've kept my Zettelkasten from growing, and maybe the method from growing to me:
- I spend all day in front of a computer. I can switch to my Zettelkasten app (The Archive) in no time (tab to it or use the "bring to front" shortcut). The app is never closed. So there's no friction to browsing notes and taking notes.
- I can type rather quickly.
- I like to play around with text. If I was bored, I'd play around with my ZK. I could process browser tabs to notes to clean up.
- I like to fiddle around with software. Before Markdown, my notes were RTF. Figuring out how to transform plain text Markdown notes to a PDF that I can hand in for University seminars took some time, but I'm glad I invested that.
- I found a format to store small pieces of program code for reuse (and discussion) so even when I'm not writing, I'm using my ZK.
If I wouldn't have my Zettelkasten with me most of the day, it wouldn't be part of my trusted system (in GTD parlance). And if I don't trust it, I don't feed it, and if I don't feed it, I don't benefit from it in the long run. Closing the app is akin to "not having it with me". Then I cannot work properly.
What do you think was crucial to make the habit of using a Zettelkasten stick?
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