Principles of Luhmann's Zettelkasten

  • Write (small) notes, using note sequences to develop an idea or topic
  • Where possible or necessary (i.e., if an idea can be considered as “start” of a new note sequence, but does fit into the current linear argumentation), branch off a new idea-path
  • Check if similar topic or “story line” has been written down elsewhere; if yes, add manual links / references
  • Identify relevant notes that function as “starting” point and tag these notes
(from Daniel Lüdecke [2] )

[0] Overview [1] Communicating with Zettelkästchen [2]