Definition of a Building Block Note

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I use the word Building Block Note to describe a unique note that I have placed into my Note-Making System.

To get into the Note-Making System, a note must be of potential Lasting Value. Ascribing Lasting Value to a note is my way of cordoning off my attention from items which are merely ‘interesting’ but are likely of no Lasting Value.

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Atomic

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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.

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Cornerstone Notes

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Cornerstone notes are the term I use to describe Andy Matushak’s Evergreen Notes

Andy suggests evergreen notes are written to:

  • evolve
  • contribute
  • accumulate, over time
  • across projects.

Principles

A simple note adheres to the same principles defined for any note that finds its way into my Note-Making System:

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Zettelkasten

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My Note-Making Nomenclature

Definition

Any Zettelkasten is based on the work of Niklas Luhmann, a sociologist. He was a prolific writer, and attributed much of his abundant creativity to his use of a slip box (see Niklas Luhmann’s Card Index: Thinking Tool, Communication Partner, Publication Machine.

His slip box (a filing cabinet of cards – hence zettle (note) kasten (cupboard)), was unique because instead of filing the cards in a typical hierarchical way, he gave each card a unique identifier (usually a date number) and then cross-referenced this note to other related ideas as they emerged.

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