Notes from Crashcourse Zettelkaste for Beginners
Comment: Why does it matter to have a separate Literature note and a permanent note?
- to capture where a thought came from
Further note types beside Literature notes and permanent notes
- throw away notes/thoughts that just came on the fly
- difference to literature notes is more that they are more our own thoughts
- and they are note yet permanent notes because they are note yet phrased in high quality
- also for notes that just act as reminders…
- the can be thrown away after processing
- Notes connected with projects.
- Later on one can recheck and extract further permanent notes
- used to not pollute my permanent notes
Map of Content
- write the note for yourself
- write for long term usage
- be consistent in processing
- make notes atomic
- extract the common concept
- comment: makes the note more compatible with other notes (but might also dilute the note)
- use sentences as titles
- forces to bring key insight to the surface and enforces concept of atomic notes
- makes it better embeddable in floating text
- use links inside the text (so my chapter with Linking is not yet the best approach)
- think of connections with other notes
- ensure each notes is easily reachable
Templates, tags, folders
- to distinguish private and public areas
- to bundle topics
- to have project related topics
- see PARA Method Notes
- for note type (Fleeting, Permanent, Literature,…)
- for status
- work with nested tags eg. note type/status
- When working with tags I can better visualize that in the graph view of Obsidian (vs. working with folders)
- to further improve that beside using tags on can also add something like }b for book note to the notes title
- Developing a Zettelkasten
- Zettelkasten - Taking Smart Notes - Notes from a video by Joshua Meyer
- How to take Smart Notes - Key Insights
- MOC Building a 2nd brain
Notes from Beginners
- the drive to pick up new skills wanes in adulthood
Chapter 1: Life-long learning keeps your mind engaged, whatever your age. Source
- He challenged himself to learn a few completely new things
- Life-long learning keeps your mind engaged, whatever your age.
- procedural knowledge. It helps us actually do something: speak a language, play an instrument
- As we grow older, we tend to learn fewer and fewer procedural things
- society doesn’t expect children to be experts at anything
- continuing to learn new skills as you age is fantastic for your mental health
Chapter 2: Singing is a skill that can be learned with practice. Source
- hitting the right notes and carrying a melody is merely a matter of coordinating your muscles and breathing correctly
- most vocal lessons begin with exercises designed to help students reconsider their bodies
- you, too, want a voice that really resonates, you’ll have to give it your all.
Chapter 3: Developing new skills works best as a social practice. Source
- Developing new skills works best as a social practice.
- When people work together to harmonize and breathe in unison, their stress levels drop. And they also benefit from an increase in the production of oxytocin, a hormone connected to happiness.
- Practicing in front of others, or in a group, can also boost your performance. Humans learn best by observing others and getting feedback.
- The increase in ability that comes from working in a group is called social facilitation.
- professional cyclists always achieved their best times when riding together with others
Chapter 4: Learning the basic rules is just the first step in a long journey. Source
- People start as novices and then progress through the stages. First, you’re an advanced beginner, then come competence, proficiency, and finally, expertise.
- novice, all you need to do is get the basic rules right.
- beginner, you must begin to use your new skills in the complex and messy real world.
- people learning any new skill often become frustrated by their sudden lack of progress and give up early
Chapter 5: To master a skill, practice it until the movements become automatic. Source
- To master a skill, practice it until the movements become automatic.
- over-thinking can be a strong barrier to acquiring skills
- the best way to learn? The answer is, observing and doing. They are so much more beneficial than simply receiving instruction.
- Watching someone else fulfill a task, and then trying it out for yourself, engages the brain in a special way
- muscle memory.
Chapter 6: Learning to draw is all about learning how to see the world with fresh eyes. Source
- Learning to draw is all about learning how to see the world with fresh eyes.
- novices often draw their idea of a face rather than how it actually looks
- They overemphasize features to which the human brain pays more attention.
Chapter 7: It’s never too late to try something new. Source
- As we age, it’s important to remain a beginner at something.
Chapter 8: Final summary Source
- However, there’s a certain value in learning something just because it brings you joy. Never feel guilty if you spend time on a hobby even if it’s not professional.
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