# Zettelkasten enables constant focus on interesting materials

Luhmann always worked on something easier and interesting, and that is made possible because Effective workflow forms positive feedback loop. The zettelkasten consists of a well-defined workflow, therefore allowing the practitioners to focus on interesting and easier things. This is good to keep yourselves motivated.

Focusing just on the interesting things at the moment may sound like a risky approach, where there is a risk to not produce any output. Counterintuitively, the top down approach (where you'll start with a hypotheses and find relevant materials) will pose a greater risk due to the heavy reliance on willpower (Workflow trumps willpower). Pursuing anything that you'll find interesting at the moment doesn't mean that you'll not produce any output, but you'll have multiple things that are going on in parallel. Producing the output will also be a lot easier that you have collected a lot of materials.

# References

Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes (p. 25).

After a while, you will have developed ideas far enough to decide on a topic to write about. Your topic is now based on what you have, not based on an unfounded idea about what the literature you are about to read might provide.

Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes (p. 26).

In reality, you never work on just one idea, but many ideas in different stages at the same time. And that is where the system plays out its real strength. We cannot help but think about more than one question at a time and the chances are that you will think and write in the future as well.

Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes (pp. 50-51).

But those who have already developed their thinking through writing can keep the focus on what is interesting for them at the moment and accumulate substantial material just by doing what they most feel like doing.