Make fleeting notes (write random ideas that come into your head)
Make literature notes
store those in bibliography
be selective (esp. with quotes). don’t skip thinking about what your read
Make permanent notes
use it to develop ideas, not collect them → Zettelkasten is about developing ideas, not collecting them
Link it to other notes, add it to index cards (Structure Zettel)
Trust the process.
don’t cling to topics
the slip box will naturally accumulate what interests you
build topics bottom-up
Take all the relevant notes on the topic together. Look for what’s missing or redundant
Don’t wait for a finished topic—give yourself time to do more reading and note-taking.
Translate your notes into argument (don’t copy)
Edit and proofread