Toying with the idea of a Zettelkasten
I’m fascinated by the idea of making my work (and maybe my learning) more effective and efficient.
I’ve been taking a lot of notes over the course of my life. Mostly on random papers. Each time I moved place I threw away a few kilograms of paper notes. I just thought: “that’s part of my past development, by writing them something has already happened.”
Now I’m seeing how with the proper attitude and approach one can create something valuable from his notes (with some tweaks to how I make notes I suppose).
Currently I’m writing in physical notebooks when I read books. All other notes regarding my personal or professional projects go in Apple Notes (I have a folder structure there). I can theoretically add tags there, but I can’t comfortably link files.
I also like to make MindMaps to get an overview of information. My problem is that I often take way too detailed notes and have difficulty structuring them.
My goal is to use a Zettelkasten for:
1) a tool in my work with content marketing. There’s a lot of research and writing happening (on various topics) and I plan on putting all that into a Zettelkasten so that I can pull out “building blocks”/Zettels? for future projects. Which should save me a lot of time.
2) organically growing projects, like an online course I am planning, where I can work on it in small increments. With parts of my research integrated into the system: properly formulated notes which are my own “interpretations” and thoughts/inspiration on subjects or key building blocks.
For 3) building a big hierarchical structure of all the things I am learning I am on the fence. I quite like visuals and am a visually aided thinker. I also prefer to write with my hand as it gives me a more “tactile experience” of “grasping the information”.
So my question:
Do you think it would be good to start making a Zettelkasten with the mere focus on using it for my professional projects, while keeping my main notes in Apple Notes? I’d probably be using TA as it seems very suitable for that purpose.
I know it has been pointed out one should ideally have just ONE big Zettelkasten, and I get why that is the case.
Any pointers will be helpful! I know about the “curated article overview” and will be reading more about this topic henceforth.
I am happy for any advice and wish everyone a great day!
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