This sounds like the problem of hoarding, only with digital/text things. I struggle with this also, and i see the value in being able to break away from it.
i am interested in NOT being a knowledge hoarder. I want to be a practical, productive individual.
I'd rather have actual growth in knowledge in myself than be comforted by all the notes i physically have. hmmm.....I think that some of the key zettel principles for this are:-
- That you have a single integrated workflow, that you become expert in using
- That notes have to sustain repeated iterative processing, potentially with new notes for new thoughts. If information/thoughts/notes aren't worth this degree of processing, then they don't deserve to be in the zettel.
- The processing should produce growth in your understanding, but will also duplicate that understanding in the zettel
- Which means that you can go away from that part of the zettel for ten years and still pick up from where you left off, long after you will have forgotten most of the detail of what you had learned
The problem I see in what you are suggesting is that you will be following multiple workflows.
I can't see why you couldn't use ConnectedText, OneNote or The Journal for all your writing and a zettel
thanks for this, this is very thought provoking for me, and helpful.
this is all very interesting to me, not so much from the which-tool? standpoint, and more so about the benefits of the methodology.
after 20+ years of using notetaking software, one thing i am absolutely certain of is that i am not doing it in a good way as far as productivity. and what the zettel talks about, like the progression of an idea, and being able to continue where you left off, etc...this is all very much what i want.
now, onenote has the bracket feature, and the other features necessary to do it, but overall, i dont think it is very conducive to it. more of a GUI thing than anything else.
Connectedtext...not happy to hear about development ending. But it seems more purpose built for this sort of thing.
Journal, it may do it, but I would not use the journal for notetaking. i like it for writing big projects like screenplays or books.
INFOQUBE! hey Pierre. I just read that you implemented brackets in yoru software. I should give this another try as well. the thing with IQ is that it is VERY structured. But maybe that is perfect for this sort of thing. I'd imagine most software would not have the linking capabilities IQ has.