I have a bit of a soft spot for Niklas Luhmann ever since David Seidl introduced me to his ideas. I think it was at an EGOS conference in the early 2000s.

    So when I read about Luhmann's approach to note taking, the Zettelkasten, I thought I'd give it a go. Now, whilst I love paper-based systems I thought I'd do some kind to computer-based system. Since I keep my to-do list using Org mode, I cobbled together some elisp to glue it together with Deft mode and Org-capture to get a working system.

    When I say 'working', I used it successfully to complete the six-course Google Project Management: Professional Certificate. At that point my Zettelkasten had about 176 cross-linked entries.

    Now, I've just finished reading Chris Aldrich's essay Reframing and simplifying the idea of how to keep a Zettelkasten where he suggests using a commonplace book as a step towards having a Zettelkasten. Indeed, the way he writes it sounds like a big step. And, I pretty much agree with all he says.

    But, I'm left wondering if I need a separate Zettelkasten, or should I integrate it to this, my work-in-progress of a commonplace book.

    If you webmention this page, please let me know the URL of your page.

    BTW: Your webmention won't show up until I next "build" my site.

    Word count: 200 (about 1 minutes)


    Updated: 10 Dec '22 07:42

    Author: Peter Smith


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