A coming-together of ideas. Ideas represented as individual notes. Notes that link ideas to one another, not bound by categorical boundaries. Over time, clusters of ideas emerge into bigger topics.
- A place to hold references or links to sources such as books, articles, links, media, etc.
- Notes derived directly from a source. Can be a dump.
- Atomic ideas derived from Literature Notes, thoughts, or directly from sources.
- Links should always have context. No dumping of links allowed.
- Topics that emerge from multiple Zettels over time. A portal with context. Zettels may belong to 0 or many Topic Notes.
I came across the Zettelkasten method back in the spring of 2019. Unfortunately, there weren’t many resources around (although Christian and Sascha over at zettelkasten.de have been a huge help!), so I decided to start the subreddit r/Zettelkasten to provide a place to gather resources and find like-minded people.
The activity was slow to non-existent at the start, but fast-forward one year, and you will find that the activity levels have skyrocketed1
One year ago, I read almost every article I could possibly find on the internet on the Zettelkasten method.
Now, I can hardly keep up with the output!
In order to make sense of all this information, I am currently part of a team maintaining a public Zettelkasten on the Zettelkasten method itself. It’s not perfect and progress is slow-going, but it’s a start, and I hope to keep the momentum going for as long as possible.
- My first introduction to the method.
https://zettelkasten.de/introduction/ - A simple primer explaining some key concepts.