DeveloPassion's Newsletter #147 - The KISS Principle

DeveloPassion's Newsletter #147 - The KISS Principle


Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩

This week, I've continued focusing my energy on the Black Friday sale. I needed to regularly make noise, as that's the only way to raise awareness. I've also added new articles to the Knowledge Worker Kit.

The end of the year period is always tiresome, and I won't have much time, but I'll use whatever I can "steal" wisely!

Alright, let's gooooo 🚀

The lab 🧪

The Black Friday period is over, so the results are in. I've made ~$2.7K this year, mainly from the Obsidian Starter Kit, the Obsidian Starter Course and the Knowledge Worker Kit 🎉. Now, the challenge is keeping the sales going ;-)

This week, I'm going to go all-in on the Knowledge Worker Kit. There's so much I want to write that it's somewhat overwhelming. For now, I'm mainly regrouping ideas, and I'll order/prioritize those as I go along. I've already written a good chunk of the Personal Organization part (although there's a lot more to come). Next up, I'm going to dive into the Personal Knowledge Management part, as many members of the community are interested in that. I want to share tons of ideas about why it's important and how to approach it in a productive way. As usual, I'll share insights as I build that part.

New articles

I've finally published my article dedicated to Obsidian beginners. In this article, I've tried to cover the main elements that a newcomer should know about and focus on (UI, information management, shortcuts, plugins, and more!)

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Obsidian
Discover Obsidian with this ultimate guide for beginners. Don’t waste time, and learn what really matters.

Quotes of the week

  • There's zero point in climbing a mountain if you forget to enjoy the view — Kieran Drew
  • Trade money for time, not time for money. You’re going to run out of time first — Naval Ravikant
  • The greatest trap is telling yourself that you’ll do something important tomorrow. Procrastination creates negative momentum. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes to start. Telling yourself you'll do it tomorrow is how dreams die — Shane Parrish

Thinking and learning

A taxonomy of notes
Taking smart notes is one of the most efficient ways to increase your productivity and your creativity. But what kind of notes? Once you start considering all the mediums, techniques, strategies, and formats available to you when taking notes, the combinations are almost infinite. This attempt at a…
4 science-backed ways to build your own mental gym
Your mental gym should include activities that challenge cognitive and emotional skills. You need to balance those activities across four pillars: curiosity, creativity, mindfulness, and rest.
Writing to Think
Writing is the process by which you realize that you do not understand what you are talking about. It’s also how you discover new ideas.
Make Time Workshop Replay
Today’s live workshop reminded us of the joy we find when sharing the Make Time philosophy. We believe in focusing on what truly matters rather than productivity for productivity’s sake. Get the br…

Ready to get to the next level?

If so, then check out the Knowledge Worker Kit, the Obsidian Starter Kit, the Obsidian Starter Course, the PKM Library, a PKM coaching session with me, my collection of books about software development and the IT Concepts Wall 🔥.

If you want to discuss, then don't hesitate to join the Personal Knowledge Management community or the Software Crafters community.

About Sébastien

Hello everyone! I'm Sébastien Dubois (you can follow me on Twitter 🐦).

I'm an author, founder, and CTO. I write books and articles about software development & IT, personal knowledge management, personal organization, and productivity. I also craft lovely digital products 🚀

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