What do you do with notes that are just difficult to make complete / autonomous?
I am still trying to find my way with Zettelkasten and just love it when I manage to produce a relatively small atomic and autonomous note that I know my future self will have easy way reading, but.. there is a kind of notes that I struggle to make complete just because they are difficult and possibly even beyond my learning abilities within short time frame.
Context: studying a difficult topic
If I get it correctly many of this forum participants are from academia, so hopefully this example will resonate with your experiences.
I am studying the ways for improving multi-comparision tests analysis in software (say, A/B/C/D tests when you show random users original/blue/green/red button and see if they manage to notice it more and click on it more). As with every non-trivial topic there are nuances and I am studying the pros and cons of different correction methods, Dunnett's correction being most promising.
Ideal autonomous note on Dunnett's test for my future self to get back to topic easily would include at least the following:
- context or link to context (why on earth it's needed at all) - easy part
- plain words description on how it is applied in general and why exactly this one is the best for many of my cases - okay part and probably the main point of the note
- math - difficult part probably to be expanded into other notes for different sub-methods and software tools
- applicability - the most difficult part. Test was developed not exactly for the web experiments and studying applicability part for this or that type of the experiment may very well need a week or maybe a month more of research (that I am eager to invest, though maybe getting to the "most probably it's okay" point first and full proof later)
Very long in progress state(s)
All of the things above I am eager to invest time in, but.. does it mean that for long-long time I'd be working on just making this one autonomous zettel great? And when I get deeper into the topic, quite possibly there will be more tough to complete zettels with the difficult corner cases needing more research (e.g. maybe math part will dig me into studying on whether different variants of online test have same/similar variance).
What do you do in this kind of situation?
- Do you keep one zettel in progress for a long-long time (as a #draft in your ZK?)?
- Or do you record your best current understanding of the idea and add more "correcting" zettles over time and/or adjust the original one?
- Or do you not write such grande zettels at all, collect smaller ideas and then maybe just add a starting zettel (structure zettel?) as an entry point some time later?
- Or something very different?