Zettelksten now or never

Connect ideas now

Writing every day for 365 days, I’ve learned that Information hoarding is too easy.

If you don’t make an effort in connecting thoughts to grow your network of knowledge, you are just moving things from a container to another.

Writing does good to you, but it’s not enough. If you dump your brain to paper and then digitize it into a Note-Taking App, If you don’t curate your thoughts, it is just moving things around with a lot of extra logistical work to do, additional time, more stress, and very little added value.

Instead, you should focus on the real value of the piece of information you’ve produced, and you should connect it now, not tomorrow or in 10 years. If you do it now, you will have a fresh memory of it, you’ll be motivated to find connections, and you will have given a positive contribution to your network of ideas.

Fluid Networked Thinking requires the willpower to do the entire workflow at once: capture new ideas, connect them with existing ones, construct new knowledge.

If you save-it-to-read-later, you will risk contributing to the cognitive mess you are trying to fight with your Personal Knowledge Management system.

Capture and connect your new ideas now. There’s no other time to do it.


This is Essay 07 of 30 in the my challenge One Year Writing: 30 Lessons Learned in 30 Days


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Senior Experience Designer. 25 years designing, developing, writing, speaking, facilitating and teaching.

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