How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers

Author: Sönke Ahrens
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by iLemming   2021-03-08
> it just didn't click for me

ISBN-13: 978-1542866507 ISBN-10: 1542866502

Read that book. Or at least skim through it. I tried learning Org-Roam and started making notes while reading it. Even before I reached the end of it, I was sold on Zettelkasten. Even if I end-up using some other tool (I hope I wouldn't have to), my life will never be the same as before.

by coolswan   2020-01-21
How to take Smart Notes is a very good book that explains this technique well. Highly recommend.

by agbell   2020-01-13
I like plain text backed in google drive. I use The Archive [0] but Notational Velocity [1] is popular as well. I don't have a bookmark system though. This book is an excellent explanation of a plain text knowledge base system [2].


by gw666   2019-06-01
I am beginning to use a zettelkasten. I think it's an excellent method for doing deep thinking, especially over a long period of time. See

I'm committed to text-only information. No matter how many notes I'm writing, I can always use grep or write my own programs to find what I want.

If you're on a Mac, The Archive is great ( It's what I'm using has lots of good reading (thanks, Sascha and Christian!), but look to the other sources I've listed to get a more thorough idea of what a zettelkasten is (I call mine a thinking-box) and how to use one.