[Journal, Q&A, AMA] Writing a Book with my Zettelkasten
I am writing a book on habit. I know, finally somebody is making an effort on writing about that topic. Here are my reasons:
- The inspiration for writing the book was Atomic Habits. It is a very well written book. Written so well and concise that I didn't even need to barbell-methoding it. I just could process it right away. On the flip side, I can't recommend to read the book if you already read another of the popular books on habit, because the content was almost identical. This is one of the most critiques of the one-star-ratings: "Read X instead, same content but better". But I can't come up with a book that does what the current state of the collective knowledge requires: A book that actually makes an effort to give a complete picture. This is the gap I want to fill.
- A book that gives you a complete picture. Books like Atomic Habits, The Power of Habit or Tiny Habits belong in one category: They are built around a single model of habit and use it to give you a clear set of rules, a method or at least a set of principles to change habits, personal or on the level of a company. However, they lack the scientific rigour I require from a good book. Wendy Wood's Good Habits, Bad Habits has this scientific rigour which is no wonder: She is one of the world's leading researchers on this phenomenon. Then there are the works of William James (like Principles of Psychology and Habit or Felix Ravaisson's Of Habit) that still are written in this wonderful free and broad way the books back then were written. But there seems nobody to try to harmonise all of these approaches. One of the reasons is, that it is very hard on the mind. But luckily, I have a Zettelkasten.
- A demonstration of the power of the Zettelkasten Method. The power of the Zettelkasten develops in a similar fashion of a vampire or an Asgardian. I am lucky to have started my Zettelkasten in my mid 20s and worked with it and on it both quite extensively (during some years, I worked in my Zettelkasten for 6-8h per day and still I work roughly 15-20h per week in my Zettelkasten most of the weeks) and intensively (after some Zettelkasten sessions I was actually sweating disgustingly -- not only because of the amount but because the sweat of cognitive intensity is extra yucky). If you think of your Zettelkasten as stored cognition, which you can then use in a similar way that chess players extend their working memory, I feel the obligation to actually show what is possible with a Zettelkasten. So, this book will back up my claim that the Zettelkasten Method is the foundation for some really revolutionary knowledge work technology.
- Furthering my core project. I am writing a book series on the question How to live a good life in modern times?. This book is one of important books. See this post on the scope of the series.
This thread is for:
- Some public journaling for the project. I am neither a good nor a motivated journaleer. So, you can give me a poke when you feel that a new entry is warranted.
- Asking questions on how to use the Zettelkasten to write a book.
Live long and prosper
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