It takes a brave man to so publicly admit to what some would call an error. It would take a coward to remain silent when you feel that your advice has gone astray.

I applaud your courage and hasten to add that your experience does not demonstrate any sort of erroneous thinking, but a well designed experiment. Unfortunately, the experiment did not turn out the way you and your readers wanted. Life is too often that way. Better to know the bitter truth, than the sweet taste of illusion.

I, too, have experienced great friction in using Zettlekasten for current writing. Your post has led me to think that perhaps the difficulty lies in time expectation. By that I mean maybe this system is best used to create the framework for next year's book, not this year's book. Going down to the "atomic" level of permanent notes is time consuming. It is, for me at least, anti-flow.

Creating a current book, OTOH, is easier in a flow state, where we know almost all of the puzzle & we are just allowing our brain to assemble the pieces on the fly.

So I am not giving up on zettlekasten, just reframing my expectations of its best use.

Thanks for your insights.

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Mar 26, 2022Liked by Josh Duffney

I love the way you write! I've fallen into a rabbit hole reading your articles... Not complaining!

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Jan 23, 2022Liked by Josh Duffney

Great article thanks! Small typo "No daily quote for notes"

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Jan 20, 2022Liked by Josh Duffney

This really hits the nail on the head! You have distilled the feelings I've had ever since I discovered Obsidian. Thanks for putting this out there, and I look forward to seeing where you go with it.

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Dec 21, 2021Liked by Josh Duffney

Love this Josh. You obviously poured a lot of time and research into this topic and it shows. Keep up the good work and good luck on your book.

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Dec 18, 2021Liked by Josh Duffney

Nicely done. Agree with everything Oran Kangas wrote. Very refreshing to see someone asses their own methods honestly than dig in and double down. Excited to see where you go next. Respect.

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Really great read. Even though the destination isn’t what you were determined it was, it sounds like the journey was worth it for these lessons and you are much better off for them. Can’t wait to hear more from you!

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Thanks for the authentic post, Josh. At this point in your journey, would agree with this article? (pkm is bs) https://www.otherlife.co/pkm/?utm_source=convertkit&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Saying+goodbye+to+the+%22deferred+life+plan%22%20-%208312227

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