It is important to Write permanent notes about what you read to test understanding. However, it is distracting to switch back and forth between reading a book and writing evergreens.
- For physical books, write notes directly on a note in Zotero or draw a dot or line in the margin of interesting passages. You will have to set a reminder to look into these markings when processing the book.
- For web articles, copy+paste interesting excerpts into a note in Zotero.
- For digital books and PDFs, export highlights and annotations in Zotero.
When you are ready to work on a note, create a working note in your writing inbox where you start to play around with these literature notes.
These notes shall remain in the writing inbox until processed iteratively via a Spaced repetition writing system. Use the process in how to convert literature notes to permanent notes to create permanent notes.
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Matuschak, A. (n.d.). How to collect observations while reading. Andyʼs Working Notes. Retrieved September 3, 2021, from https://notes.andymatuschak.org/How_to_collect_observations_while_reading
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