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What are the best articles on this page an why?

As the title says. It is part of my preparation

Many thanks in advance.

I am a Zettler


  • Or, this is way better, in the whole internet. :)

    I am currently working on a set of templates that I will deploy. So, I will really analyse what is in the inventory of those useful (or even just popular) texts and videos.

    I am a Zettler

  • @Sascha said:
    Or, this is way better, in the whole internet. :)

    The whole internet is very broad. Do you really mean anything, or something tangentially related the the Zettelkasten?

    There are a lot of great articles on the site. I just took a quick look at the ones I took notes from.


    This recent article was powerful. There were a number of critical ideas presented. One is that it discusses how we should distill down to the idea. The same idea is likely presented in multiple works in multiple ways. We should move past the presentation of the idea to its key form. We can note the provenance of the idea to us, but the knowledge is separate from any one presentation. Another critical idea was this quote, "Don’t create tasks but resources for your future self." That was like a punch in the face for me. I immediately realized my default behavior is to create future tasks for myself. Now I try to ask how that would become a tool or resource for my future self.


    "Information is just an opportunity." This was important for me. It gives me permission to read at different levels. That is hard for me because I am a completionist. How can I add it to Goodreads and get credit for the full page count unless I really read each page closely? It sounds like a silly problem, but it is one I struggle with. Trying to internalize this article has helped. As an aside, it has also changed my opinion of ebooks. Many popular nonfiction books have interesting nuggets of wisdom, but are filled with fluff that is easy to skim through. Skimming on an e-reader like a kindle is not that easy. It is much faster to have a physical copy to jump around in.


    Highly related to the last article. Now I stop and ask myself why I am going to read a book. What am I hoping to get out of it? Once I know that, then I know the level I will likely process it and what I am searching for. When I read Team of Rivals, I got so caught up in the minutiae and the stories that it took me months to read and process a book that is not key to my work. Plus my wife is sick of me relating everything to some story from Lincoln's life.


    The three levels of evidence, interpretation, and synthesis provide a guide to working in the Zettelkasten. Often we see new users struggle with atomicity or what should actually be in a note. This highlights that the bare information or fact is just the first layer. We have to move beyond.


    Very short post, but it does highlight an important issue. Intentions are meaningless without actions. Reading and highlighting passages might be a necessary step, but until you integrate and process that information, you have not created knowledge.

    These are not articles, but I noticed I created notes out of a few comments from the blog as well. A couple examples are below. Both I think capture important ideas.


    Relevancy is, btw., one of the key elements in transforming information into knowledge.


    The Zettelkasten Method allows to concentrate on the local and ignoring the global.

  • @boxcariii Thanks a lot!

    What would you like me to post about first?

    I am a Zettler

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