What is it?
Zettelkasten is German for ‘slip box’ or ‘card index’.
- plural: Zettelkästen
- plural: Zettel
- The Zettelkasten method enables users to store and organize knowledge, extend their memory, and generate new connections and ideas.
- The original system that we refer to was developed by the prolific German social theorist, Niklas Luhmann, who viewed it as a “partner” in his writing process. 1
- Luhmann’s Zettelkasten consisted of wooden boxes containing over 60,000 notes written on small slips of paper.
- In the modern age, we can use digital tools to emulate this system.
- Why is it different from taking regular notes? - The difference between regular note-taking and the Zettelkasten system.
- How to implement - How you can use digital tools to create your own Zettelkasten.
- Examples of Zettelkasten/ Wikis/ Digital Gardens - Explore what others are doing with their Zettelkasten.
- Discussion Forums - Discuss and ask questions about the method.