Note-Making Nomenclature

Notes Should Be Atomic

The nature of a Note-Taking System is that it is an interconnected network of your ideas, concepts, thoughts or feelings.


Feelings are not normally mentioned, but because I want to test how a Note-Making System can help with Creativity Activation, I am also including feelings in the sorts of items that I collect.

I think it is quite likely that a piece of poetry or prose will engender a similar feeling when I see a great piece of art or when I hear or see something that evokes the same feeling.

We will see.

In order for the Note-Making System to work well, each note is an island, a single thought, concept, idea, thought or feeling.

However the Note-Making System builds bridges between these islands and connects these items together over time.

In time, if enough of these coalesce, you’ll have a landmass, full of inter-connected goodliness.

If that metaphor doesn’t work for you, try this instead.

Each simple note is a building block. If you put enough of these together, you’ll have a bank, a library or supermarket.

The Basics

  • a note should be about one thing — but your aim over time is to capture as much as possible, the entirety of that thing
  • so a simple note has just one idea, but overtime you will add further connections to it
  • these connections will in due course allow you to distill, or squeeze, the goodness out all of that information to form a Cornerstone Note.
  • that way it’s easier to form connections across topics and concepts.
  • they should be Densely Linked to make this easier to happen.

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