My Zettelkasten Workflow

Marisa Mohi
5 min readOct 25, 2023

I shared this with my newsletter crew a few months ago, but it’s time to make an official entry on the internet about my Zettelkasten workflow. And before we get much further, I need to state for the record that this is how I’m using the Zettelkasten system. It definitely will not be the way other people use it.

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To me, that’s the point, though. Sure, you could take tons of time to learn a special system, and then mold your thinking around it. You could focus more on the structure of what worked for someone else instead of what you need.

BUT WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

Instead, consider this post a permission slip to do whatever the hell you want and to modify existing methods and systems to work for you. Plus, until you have one metric fuckton of slips or cards, the full-on Zettelkasten system won’t really apply to you.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Before I get into showing my workflow or a Zettelkasten method example, we need to talk about what the system is.

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What is the Zettelkasten Method?

On the surface, the Zettelkasten method is a fun way to hoard bits of paper.

But it’s a lot more than that.

Think about all the information you take in. For me, a lot of that information comes from reading fiction. (I’m a fiction writer, so this makes sense.) But my brain is also creating information in the form of random thoughts and also, thoughts about the information I’m taking in.

Wouldn’t it be great to organize all that information?

The Zettelkasten method of note-taking is how you organize that information. For a more formal introduction, you can read about the Zettelkasten system here.

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Marisa Mohi

Writer and Tarot Reader. Fueled by black coffee and notebooks with thick paper. https://marisamohi.com