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.
Andy suggests evergreen notes are written to:
- accumulate, over time
- across projects.
A simple note adheres to the same principles defined for any note that finds its way into my Note-Making System:
- a note should be Atomic
- a note should be Concept Oriented
- the combination of an Atomic note and the fact that it is Concept Oriented means it becomes more than an Item of Knowledge – it begins to communicate Actionable Information and transforms into an Item of Information
- a note should be Densely Linked
- a note should be organised using Associative Ontologies rather than hierarchical taxonomies.
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.