The Zettlekasten method is a note taking and organizational method that
aims to help one to express ideas and connect them to create a knowledge
base. It is comprised of the following base:
Three kinds of notes
The method suggests three kind of notes:
Notes that hold fleeting information that you do
not want to forget and that might lead into more deep insights.
Notes that are directly related to a given piece of literature
(book, article, video), they should explain and correlate to the given
piece of literature without having to look at the reference for complete
understanding, i.e. the note must be self contained and understandable.
The permanent notes are collections of more abstract and
direct thoughts and ideas, they should link to other resources such as
literature notes, but the understanding of a given Permanent Note should
be in and of itself.
Should function as entry points on given
subjects, an index should hold links to other notes regarding the given
subject. For example one could create an index for subjects such as
Programming, Music, Productivity.
Fleeting notes should
be (as by the name) temporary, one should not collect fleeting notes,
instead they should evolve into Literature Notes or Permanent Notes.