The Zettelkasten Principles

Things to remember when writing notes with the Zettelkasten method (shamelessly taken from here):

  • Atomicity: each note should contain one idea and one idea only.
  • Autonomy: each note should be self-contained and comprehensivle on its own.
  • Always link: “each note is just an element that derives its quality from the network of links in the system. A note that is not connected to the network will be lostm will be forgotten by the Zettelkasten.”
  • Explain why you’re linking notes
  • Use your own words
  • Keep references
  • Add your own thughts
  • Don’t worry about structure: “there are no privileged positions.”
  • Add connection notes
  • Add outline notes
  • Never Delete
  • Add notes without fear

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