Writing is, without dispute, the best facilitator for thinking, reading, learning, understanding and generating ideas we have.

  • This is a quote from Anke Sören in Book - How to Take Smart NotesBook - How to Take Smart Notes


    author: Sönke Ahrens
    title: How to take smart notes: one simple technique to boost writing, learning and thinking: for students, academics and nonfiction book writers
    , which really highlights the importance of writing for any kind of intellectual work.
  • Reading with the zettels in mind already makes you a lot more attentive and encourages you to think. Writing your ideas down forces you to think about them.
  • “Notes on paper, or on a computer screen […] do not make contemporary physics or other kinds of intellectual endeavour easier, they make it possible … no matter how internal processes are implemented […you…] need to understand the extent to which the mind is reliant upon external scaffolding.”
    • Levy, Neil. 2011. “Neuroethics and the Extended Mind.” In Judy Illes and B. J. Sahakian (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics, 285-94, Oxford University Press.
    • This quote with an interesting twist at the end can be used to emphasize the importance of notetaking for anyone still sceptical, especially as it stems from the field of physics, a topic that most people would not associate with a lot of writing.
  • (Matt D'avella, Tiago Forte and Ali Abdaal all mentioned that "starting a blog" will be the best course of action for improving at any knowledge based skill)
  • Journaling, blogging and the Zettelkasten are all incredible tools for helping you bring your thoughts into a cohesive whole and reflect on them.
  • If you think about it, every hugely successful person tends to write in one way or another.
  • It is also the reason nearly all universities make students write a high volume of essays.