Houjun Liu


A zettlekasten is an atomic notetaking system.


Lit notes

  • brief: < 3 sentences
  • write it in your own words

Reference notes

  • Take reference notes?

Fleeting Notes

  • shower notes

Permanent nodes

  • Go through each notes from above, think about how it matters to your research
  • Try to explicitly add value to existing ideas
  • Try to find meaningful connection between ideas

finding connections

  • How does this fit into what I know?
  • Can this be explained?

find keywords

  • not just to store a note, but how to retrieve it
  • “in which circumstance will I need this note”
  • “when and how will I need this idea”