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Notes should be atomic


A note should be about a single concept, but contain the entirety of it (as much as possible). Much like each separation of concerns in software engineering.

It’s hard to define a good granularity level. Broad notes are an indication of unclear thinking, and links to these notes will be noisy. Too fragmented notes mean fragmented linking, making it harder to see connections.

Don’t worry about too many notes: Luhmann had 90,000 notes in his Zettelkasten, that’s around 6 notes every day for 40 years, and he had no search functionality for them.


  1. Zettelkasten — How One German Scholar Was So Freakishly Productive
  2. Living with a Zettelkasten
  3. Communicating with Slip Boxes

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