Simple Addition to My Structure Notes
I've been working over the last week to read and process for my ZK a particular book. It contains about 40 short articles by different authors with "inspirational" messages and discussions of life experiences. I created a zettel for each article (these were fairly short, mostly one- or two-idea articles). After a while, I created a structure note for the book, grouping and linking to each zettel/article.
So far, so good - normal use of a structure note. The little "aha" moment came as follows...
At the end of each zettel, (because the zettel contained an inspirational idea), I added a "What will I do?" question. I didn't want to just capture the idea, I wanted to see if I could incorporate it into my life in some useful manner. The "aha" thought was to copy that question and its short answer from each zettel and paste that after the reference to the corresponding zettel on the structure note. That way, I can simply scan down the structure note occasionally to remind myself of what I wanted to do, check my progress, pick out one item on which to focus for a few days, etc.
So the structure note became a way of reviewing my follow-up actions. This is a simple addition that I've made to one structure note, and perhaps in retrospect, it is so evident as to be painfully obvious. But it both simplifies and enhances the way that I interact with my ZK. I have previously written zettels about various philosophies (regarding ethical behaviour) and have a few structure notes related to those. If time permits, I may give them the same treatment.
As an aside, I did ask a question about this process before (of acting on ideas we bring into our ZK), which received a few interesting comments. You can find the previous post here: