Ambitious (or probably Stupid) baby ideas and the Slip-Box
Since I am well within the 3rd year of my PhD I have the following issue. As I read something, new ideas pop into my brain. I write them at a piece of paper which holds my fleeting notes. On retrospection, the most of these research thoughts look somewhat too ambitious or not good at all, so I almost immediately discard them. However, they often spark interesting conversations with my advisors and they provide them with new ideas sometimes. Do you think that I should keep such initial and poorly - developed notes on my slip-box (Zettelkasten) ? I have a fear that this process is going to result in a slip-box that is a graveyard of many bad ideas. I have become very strict on what goes in my slip-box and thus I end up having many days or even months passing by without any new notes.
I am quite unfamiliar with this method since I always end up abandoning it. However, I had a success story with it since it helped me at some point to organize rather easily some experimental results and develop a stream of thoughts that eventually ended up being published as a manuscript in a very prestigious journal. That's why I decided to persevere.
What do you fellow researchers and long time learners suggest ?
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