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Surfing Structure Notes

This video demonstrates navigating ideas using a structure note as a reference traversing the structure without becoming lost.

Mousing around, clicking incessantly on links, constantly losing focus, and backtracking is so painful.

A structure note is far more than a list of other notes. It places ideas in a connecting context. The value of structure is enhanced with writing. Surround the ideas with context. A structure note is not atomic, growing, and growing as idea momentum grows.

In this short video, I demonstrate a "Two Window Workflow" with the structure note on the right. I click on the links in the structure note and the target note launch in the second window. I don't lose context as the structure note remains in view. I can review and refactor either note.

Notice that the structure note includes Grouped links and many of those links are annotated. The annotations are for context, which helps steer connectivity.

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Will Simpson
“Read Poetry, Listen to Good Music, and Get Exercise”
kestrelcreek.com

Comments

  • Thanks for posting a new video that everyone can point to when it comes to 2-window-workflows and applying structure notes! :) (Mine are always so technical, it's really boring)

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

  • @will your videos are absolutely useful!!! @ctietze @Sasha "The Archive" is a great program and I look for new upgrades every single day like a child :) . So thank you all!!!
    Side but important question to @will. How do you automatically go from a link in the structure note (right window) to the linked note (in the left)? Do you use a Keyboard Maestro macro? Sorry for being such a noob :(

    Last but not least - about to leave for the beautiful Cefalù B) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cefalù)

    back to Genoa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genoa) in two weeks

    Have a nice day :)

  • ehm @ctietze could you consider to put in a contextual menu an open link in a new tab and an open link in a new window command ? In this way @will 's workflow could be easily implemented. What do you think?

  • @Ubaldo_Passamonti Context menu, good idea!

    ⌘-Click and ⌘⇧-Click do this already, by the way

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

  • thank you @ctietze - I didn't know of this options!

  • @ctietze said:
    @Ubaldo_Passamonti Context menu, good idea!

    ⌘-Click and ⌘⇧-Click do this already, by the way

    These shortcuts work clumsily, and I prefer to reuse a correctly positioned open window rather than create multiple new ones, which gets messy quickly, especially with Link in New Window - ⌘⇧-Click, which seems to place windows randomly on the screen.

    Keyboard Maestro to the rescue!

    Will Simpson
    “Read Poetry, Listen to Good Music, and Get Exercise”
    kestrelcreek.com

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