I have an undisciplined note taking fixation. Sometimes I think I might have a minor case of graphomania – but I like to think of it as graphophilia – a love of writing.
At any rate I need to tame the scribbling, discipline it into true tool. Something useful. Something that includes a zettelkasten!
The Road to a Note Taking as a Useful Habit
I’ve been thinking about scrap books, commonplace books, diaries, journals, zettelkastens, notebooks, bullet journals, and the like.
What will I do about these thoughts? First I think I’ll gather definitions.
- commonplace books
- bullet journals
A quick fix to turn overthinking into something useful is note taking.
“You’re an important person. You should have a scrapbook.” ~Marge (Mr. Monk & The Lady Next Door – S7:E12)
Four Books that I find helpful
How to Take Smart Notes by Sonke Ahrens is all about starting and maintaining a Zettelkasten.
Sketchnotes are visual notes. The originator of this method, Doug Neill shares a wealth of information about how to sketchnote and why.
Thinking on Paper is not about note taking per se but about the larger process of going from idea to a written product of some kind.
Surely you know about bullet journaling. If not get over to the official BulletJournal site and get started. BTW – they sell the most perfect journals even if you don’t follow the method. Their journal are numbered, made of great paper, have pages for a table of contents at the front, and they come in nice colors.