# Massimo's Writing Streak

• @Massimo_Curatella That is a very gratifying and pleasant graphic - it appeals to me at deeper levels than the conscious. Very "cool" (as my teenage compatriots would say).

• @GeoEng51, it's so satisfying having you as a reader.
You deserve the truth:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compasso_d'Oro

• Stop. And reflect.
https://curatella.com/stop-and-reflect/
You cannot always be in the flow. Take periodic breaks to evaluate your achievements in retrospective to plan the next move.

• @Massimo_Curatella said:
@GeoEng51, it's so satisfying having you as a reader.
You deserve the truth:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compasso_d'Oro

Haha! Good one It's still beautiful - and it takes talent to recognize and use it in a new setting.

• Solve problems better: bottom-up and top-down
https://curatella.com/solve-problems-bottom-up-top-down/
Combine the direct problem-solving approach with creative exploration to find novel and useful solutions.

Merry Solstice everyone!

• edited December 2020

Edit. (Sascha)

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• Creative technique: list ideas following a prompt
https://curatella.com/creative-technique-list-ideas/
When you’re stuck and don’t know where to start from, take a partner and play to list their ideas following a clear and concise starting question.

• Creative technique: 1-2-3
https://curatella.com/creative-technique-1-2-3/
Simplify: make your process a 1-2-3. First: set the context and prepare to work; second: develop your idea; third: package the final deliverable.

• SKipped posting some but... I didn't stop.
I am at 46 now. Shall I continue?

It seems like I am writing my own answers.

Grow exponentially by compounding incrementally
https://curatella.com/exponential-compound/
Exploit exponentials in anything that you do, every single day of your life. The compounded effect will lead you to unthinkable achievements.

Do you compound incrementally to grow exponentially?
Is this thing barely close to reality?

• @Massimo_Curatella said:
Do you compound incrementally to grow exponentially?
Is this thing barely close to reality?

I like the graphic and the concept, but I'm not sure how to maintain something like this in a practical sense. I could see it working for a few days, but then how would I keep up the incremental changes (in behaviour or thinking or whatever)? Maybe I just need to use a low interest rate and apply it say once a month or every couple of months

• @GeoEng51 said:
I like the graphic and the concept, but I'm not sure how to maintain something like this in a practical sense. I could see it working for a few days, but then how would I keep up the incremental changes (in behaviour or thinking or whatever)? Maybe I just need to use a low interest rate and apply it say once a month or every couple of months

It's a hyperbolic simplification, of course. The idea is to experiment with consistency, learning something new every day to discover the benefits after a while. It's a simple concept difficult to live in an intentional way.

• they were supposed to be 30 but this is my 50th!

Still, my Zettelkasten grows but it's too fragmented. I can more easily put something together with my brain only. I need to connect better my notes. I need threads and access points.

In the meanwhile, how do you use your Zettelkasten to publish new blog posts?

https://curatella.com/zettelkasten-tool-for-thinking/

• Keep on writing
https://curatella.com/keep-on-writing/
50 daily blog posts published. Let's do another 50.

It becomes harder and harder to keep the streak.
Is it worth it?
In the previous article, I am sharing my reflections.

• Zettelkasten is Systems Thinking applied to Personal Knowledge Management. What are its unintended consequences?

In my 52nd Atomic Essay, I introduce the topic.

Minimize unintended consequences by thinking in systems
https://curatella.com/minimize-unintended-consequences/
Systems Thinking is our best chance to survive as a species.

• Wouldn't systems thinking move the dominoes further apart?

• as far as only imagination can tell.

• How to be a Systems Thinker: simple steps
https://curatella.com/systems-thinker-simple-steps/
Being a better Systems Thinker is all nice and good but how do you manage to do it in our chaotic lives?

• Rebranding the obvious
https://curatella.com/rebranding-the-obvious/
Why calling something already existing, known, and named with another name?

• Find your answers, build on top of what others have already learned, and experiment by minimizing risks while maximizing the learning.
https://curatella.com/find-and-give-meaning/

• edited January 2021

@Massimo_Curatella It might be interesting to continue this project until you hit a critical mass of shipped notes (30? 50? 100?) than start remixing the ideas. Where you label in the shipped idea their origination. In remixing framework, you could do luhmann Style offshoots for transforming (Variations on an idea) and new numbers with references for combination of ideas.

For example if you did a variation on Atom 13 of 30, you'd call it (13a) when you post it next. If you did a combination of atom 13 & 6, you'd just call it Atom 31 but when you post a link to it say (Combination of Atom 13 & 06).

• @Nick said:
@Massimo_Curatella It might be interesting to continue this project until you hit a critical mass of shipped notes (30? 50? 100?) than start remixing the ideas.

Hi @Nick, I think you've read my mind. That is exactly my idea.
I am experiencing two creative forces

1. Bottom-up. I'm seeing what emerges from the commitment to publish every day. Not always as good as I expected. For instance: although I am aiming at providing value for an audience I can't help but talking about myself and keeping a conversational style aimed first at myself. Maybe I needed to do this experience to just reaffirm what it could have been easy to deduce but that's what emerges. So, it's not really compatible with establishing a coherent flow or a thematic continuity. I write about what I like to write about. That's it.
2. Top-Down. I am satisfied with the outcome in point no.1 but not completely. I dont' want it to be like that in an absolute way. If writing and publishing should serve several purposes, one of them is to develop my knowledge and exercise my creativity. That is why, in addition to "just being in the flow", I want to have objectives and threads.

So, while I will keep a part of me "writing in the flow", I am struggling to connect concepts to build something more elaborated than just "atomic notes/essays".

And that is where the ZK method comes in...

Where you label in the shipped idea their origination. In remixing framework, you could do luhmann Style offshoots for transforming (Variations on an idea) and new numbers with references for combination of ideas.

Exactly! That's what I see and what I envisioned before starting!
Who cares about he many pieces sometimes coherent, sometime disjointed? Our old dear Zettelkasten is here to help: just connect!

Originally this was supposed to happen here:
http://curatella.com/notes

a potential "Digital Garden", a "live Second Brain", a "Public Zettelkasten", but Wordpress is not the right tool to do that, there's too much friction. So I am kind of doing it by linking among blog posts, the atomic essasys.

As you are correctly imagining, the more I publish the more "occasions to link" are appearing, and I am taking them!

For example if you did a variation on Atom 13 of 30, you'd call it (13a) when you post it next. If you did a combination of atom 13 & 6, you'd just call it Atom 31 but when you post a link to it say (Combination of Atom 13 & 06).

I really don't care about sequential numbers or those unreadable datatimebased_id. Web pages have URLs, and to have a page to be live on the web it MUST be unique. That's enough to have unique nodes/notes to link from and to.

Nick, thanks for this occasion to reason aloud.

• Thanks to @Sascha / @ctietze for renaming this thread to something more meaningful. I feel privileged for not having kicked-out as a spammer.

• Creativity preparation rituals: infallible!
https://curatella.com/creativity-preparation-rituals/
Prime your brain with the ritual of preparation. Nothing can stop you when you’re cleaning up your mind and your environment to start doing creative work.

• Artificial Intelligences are children to be educated
https://curatella.com/ai-are-kids/
What’s the boundary between the usefulness of the suggestions that you receive and the information you have to provide to get them?

• The Note-Taking Nouvelle Vague
https://curatella.com/the-note-taking-nouvelle-vague/
In the world of PKM tools, there is a tsunami of new software applications to manage note-taking and note-making.

• 60 Times 60. Refining my daily publishing strategy
https://curatella.com/60-times-60/
I am happy to celebrate with this post my 60th daily publishing in a row, but I am not satisfied with my long-term publishing strategy, and this is my attempt at refining it.

• Like sand piling up on the shore
https://curatella.com/like-sand-piling-up-on-the-shore/
Get your hands dirty. Sometimes is the cleanest thing you could do.

I've got the inspiration for this post during an exchange with a fellow writer. The recurring questions are: what should I write? Much similar to "what should I create"? I think the Zettelkasten approach translated to any creative field is one of the best ways to face those questions.

What do you think?

• The 1-2-3 Feynman Technique of learning
https://curatella.com/1-2-3-feynman-technique/
The best way to learn is to teach. One of the best ways to teach is to follow the Feynman Technique of learning.

• Networked Thinking: an update on my Second Brain / Zettelkasten / Mental Garden
https://curatella.com/networked-thinking-more-connections/
Metaphorically speaking, a person’s ideas must be the building he lives in – otherwise, there is something terribly wrong.

• edited January 2021

@Massimo_Curatella said:

The 1-2-3 Feynman Technique of learning
https://curatella.com/1-2-3-feynman-technique/
The best way to learn is to teach. One of the best ways to teach is to follow the Feynman Technique of learning.

Teaching elementary things are easy for an experienced teacher.
It's trivial for the teacher to think about them again.

But I think the best part of teaching the old things is you can think
with new perspectives with relatively lower effort when you try to
think about the old question. As Feynman mentioned in chapter The
Dignified Professor in the book surely you are joking.

Feynman also mentioned in this chapter that teaching and the students
keep life going, and he would never accept any position in which
somebody has invented a happy situation for him where he doesn't have to
teach. Never.