One of the core principles of Zettelkasten is the idea of atomic notes.
The benefits of atomicity are:
- Better mobility and reusability of a note
- More specificity in your references to that note
But the question the becomes, “What are the boundaries of an atomic note?” Is an atomic note a single sentence? A proposition? A collection of propositions? A paragraph? Or anything related to some topic?
There probably is no right answer, but I would love to get people’s take on this fundamental question.
My personal opinion is that the atomic note depends on the usage and domain of the note. I prefer smaller, more granular notes, and the bullet-level granularity of Roam is one of it’s unique features. You can get really specific with your references. But the downside is that you make many notes (thousands?) and titling them can become a bear.
Can we come up with any guidelines or principles for creating atomic notes?