# External Information

Books, articles, videos, etc. that I consumed and applied minimal to no processing to.

• The notes in this hierarchy are notes I took while reading a book, an article, watching a video, etc.
• Essentially all media and resources in the external world that I have decided to actively consume and record the essence of.
• The content of the notes are either exact copies of the information I got from the source (for easier lookup), minimally processed or summarized.
• Excluding the subconscious effect of recording only what is important to me, all notes will not contain thoughts of my own.

## Rules

### 1. Don't categorize primarily by content type.

• This means no deep hierarchy going into what the source is.
• It doesn't matter if it was a book or a video. What matters is that I have actively consumed it, and is recorded here to be potentially queried in other places.
• If the category is important (it rarely is), lightly note it within the note content.
• Good:
• ext.deep-work
• ext.dr-k-two-solutions-to-anxiety
• ext.book.nonfiction.productivity.deep-work
• ext.video.youtube.mental-health.drk.two-solutions-to-anxitey

### 2. There should be one entry point to one source of information.

• A source of information should have a single entry point that you can reliably look up.
• If the length of the note becomes too unwieldy, divide it up into children notes (sparingly).
• Good:
• Notes for the book Deep Work in ext.deep-work
• Notes for the book Deep Work in ext.deep-work, your daily journal, and some other note.

### 3. Don't be compelled to divide everything into chapters and ideas.

• The primary goal of this hierarchy is to record.
• Being atomic with your notes has values, but I claim that the overhead is high in the context of this hierarchy.
• You are spending time ahead trying to come up with a sensible hierarhcy before knowing how the content will be used elsewhere.
• If there is already a very well defined hierarchy within the source of information, feel free to take that structure and apply it to the notes if necessary.
• The single reason you would spend time to create a deep structure in these notes, is to make looking up more easy.
• Good:
• Dividing ext.deep-work into ext.deep-work.rule-1 ~ ext.deep-work.rule-4 because the book already does it and the content is long enough to deserve it's own page.
• Dividing ext.some-random-article into ext.some-random-article.ideas.stuff because you identified multiple ideas within the source that deserves some separation.