How to Take Smart Notes: A Conversation with Sonkhe Ahrens

  • How Sonkhe Ahrens Discovered the Zettelkasten
  • The Limitations of Planning and Execution
  • Why you need to Accumulate a critical mass of knowledge
  • Why Storing Information Doesn’t Require Cognitive Effort

How Sonkhe Ahrens Learned to Take Smart Notes

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  • Your brain is a network, not a hierarchy.
  • None of our thoughts or ideas exist in isolation.
  • Instead of a knowledge management system, you build a Personal network of knowledge.
  • You can capture, connect, create and turn what you read into something new.

The Limitations of Planning and Execution

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Storing Information Doesn’t Require Cognitive Effort

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Accumulate a Critical Mass of Knowledge

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  • School is a perfect example. The path from kindergarten to high school graduation is linear. And for many people, so is the path from high school to college. But, out in the real world, you realize that life isn’t linear. It rarely goes according to plan.
  • The linear structure of other note-taking tools makes them think, “how do I organize information inside this thing?”You don’t need to organize Information because Mem does that for you and gives you the freedom to take notes, capture ideas, and Organize IInformationthe way you think.
  • It feels effortless to turn what you read into something new
  • You frequently make connections between your ideas and generate new ones.
  • The note-taking app you use evolves into a Personal network of knowledge.

The Utility Paradox

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  • When I first discovered Twitter, I thought it was the dumbest thing in the world because it’s not intuitive at first glance. But met my most influential mentor because of Twitter and have discovered hundreds of podcast guests because of it.
  • With apps like Mem that help you take smart notes, it’s hard to see what makes them useful until you’ve used them enough.

The Biggest Benefit of Learning How to Take Smart Notes

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