How do you integrate small/atomic notes into larger thought units (using Zettlr)?
I am still in the process of wrapping my head around how to work with a Zettelkasten properly. Specifically, Zettelkasten theorists recommend that your notes revolve around a single idea only. The guys at zettelkasten.de refer to this as "atomicity" 1.
The idea is that recombining atomic notes into new "strings of thought" is much easier when a note contains only a single idea rather than a list of different ideas, some of which may be irrelevant for a new "strong of thought". I find the idea very nicely illustrated in this blog post 2. But while the idea appeals to me theoretically, I am still unsure how to actually integrate it in my workflow and, more specifically, how to implement it in Zettlr.
Say I am taking notes on a 20-page review article, and this article presents 10 interesting ideas, plus it triggers 3 thoughts of my own . With my old "workflow", I would just dump all these ideas and thoughts into a single note. But according to the atomicity principle, they should all end up in separate notes. Fine, I can do that. But how do you recombine them back into a "string of thought"? Suppose one day I want to know "what was that review article about?". Sure, I could search for notes containing the corresponding literature reference and then read through these 13 separate notes one by one, but that sounds quite tedious to me. Likewise, suppose one day I want to compose an entirely new "string of thought" by searching for notes that could potentially emerge from different sources (i.e. from different articles). Again, I can read through these notes revealed by the search one by one. But there must be a better way to do that, right?
I am not sure what my dream solution would be, but probably some kinda function that combines a set of notes (e.g. those revealed by a search) into a single document, or just a virtual view, so that you can see all the content at a single glance (the way my "old workflow" singular dump-note would have done it).
So I guess my questions to all Zettlr users and of course to @hendrik in particular are:
1. Do you follow the atomicity principle?
2. How do you (re)combine atomic notes into bigger units?
3. Which Zettlr features can help in this process?