Mixing physical and digital zettels: so far so not terrible -- my workflow
I'm curious if anyone has experience with a dual-zettelkasten format. So far, it hasn't caused any (major) problems.
If I write a "good" zettle diligently and feel too lazy to rewrite the full note in digital form, particularly a note with lots of diagrams (mathematics, etc) I'll resort to the following...
Workflow: Physical to Digital
- Scan the zettle making sure its readable
- Create a zettle with the same id and title in digital form
- Insert the scan as a large image
- Write the header in digital form (using a physical-scan-template) this is quick
- Write any links in digital form
- Write a one-sentence summary in digital form.
- Liberally use NON-hashed tags for keywords in the scanned text for easy searching.
- Keep the physical copy and add to physical slipbox
At some point, if I get around to it, I will slowly convert notes that have been post-semi-digitized per the above into purely digital form.
I find the above most helpful when doing mathematics: the diagrams of category theory can take lots of time to write in latex. So if you have a particularly well-formed note with lots of notation, then I've found this method can work out fine in the short-term. The most important items -- by trial and error -- from above are 5 6 and 7 so as to preserve the ability to search, link, and see a short summary.
Workflow: Digital to Physical (perhaps this is a bit obsessive)
- At the end of each day collect the digitally created zettels from that day (easy with timestamp ID)
- Print them out 2-per page and cut in half
- Add to physical slipbox
- Always maintain a printed copy of any index or structure notes.
Now you have a synchronized digital and physical slipbox. Its not perfect but sometimes the good enough, is.
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