What would you tell a beginner?
After years of social science research and teaching high school literature, I am preparing to enter a PhD in the fall. When looking into tools for transitioning back to academia, I discovered Zettelkasten. I'm thrilled. It seems I finally have a sensible way to digitize my commonplace books -- a practice I've had for years -- and rework that thinking in the service of my academic writing.
So, for you gurus out there, what would you tell a beginner? What do you wish you had known sooner?
More directly, how did you transition to a Zettelkasten? Did you digitize all of your old notes so that you could find them (I often have to hunt for a while)? What structure notes are sensible when transitioning (i.e., would a structure note of my library make sense, with links to my copious reading notes)?
Many thanks to everyone.
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