How to Make a Habit of Reading for a Zettelkasten
This is a little insight that came to that I think might be helpful for some. Please let me know what you think.
If you have a Zettelkasten, you need to constantly create Zettels so it grows to give you richer connections. A day in a Zettler usually looks like this:
- Create Zettels and make connections.
- Read sources.
- Proofread Zettels.
However, you need to manage the overall process so working with a Zettelkasten doesn't become all you do everyday. E.g.: In the worst case scenario, you'd spend the entire morning, afternoon, and evening creating Zettels, reading, and proofreading respectively. That gives you no time for anything else!
The part of the process to manage is reading time because everything else depends on it. E.g.: If you don't read, you can't create Zettels, and without Zettels, there's nothing to proofread.
I think that we can manage reading time in the same way that we adapt the routine of short knowledge cycles:
- Start with 1 hour of reading.
- Read, create Zettels, and proofread. Keep track of the time spent on each activity.
- Reflect on the overall process.
- Based on your reflection, change the time alloted for reading.
- Repeat steps 2 through 4 until you reach a point where you are satisfied with the work you do for your Zettelkasten, and don't lose time for other things in your day.
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