Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
This week, after a long and refreshing winter break, I've resumed working on my projects. It feels so good to be able to come back to motivating work.
During the break, I've played a lot of VR games on the PlayStation 5. I've received a PS VR 2 for Christmas, and it's quite epic. It's fun to dive into the actual game environment, and to notice how my 30+ years of gaming experience help me beat the shit out of virtual enemies 😂.
The beauty of those virtual environments also got me thinking again about what Dr Feynman said about beauty and the ability to appreciate it "fully". Some people play those games, and while they're amazed by the immersion, they fail to appreciate the graphical details, the complexity of the whole, the beauty of the artists creations, of the 3D models, of the music, of the sound effects, of the maths behind it all, etc. One thing I love about life is that the more you live, the more you experience, and the more you learn, the more forms and facets of beauty you become able to appreciate ❤️
Alright, let's gooooo 🚀
The lab 🧪
This week, I've reached inbox zero again, which has contributed to even more backlog for the Knowledge Worker Kit, as I'm regularly collecting useful resources to take inspiration from as I work on the guide. I'm still diving into the Personal Knowledge Management part.
I've also released version 2.0 of the Obsidian Starter Kit. It includes multiple new plugins and cool features. I have included the possibility to list tasks due today, display GitHub-like heat maps to track progress on different things, etc. The new plugins also contribute to improving the overall user experience.
Here's a short overview of the plugins I have decided to add:
It's hard to find the right balance between adding useful features and slowing everything down. In the next release, I'm going to focus on boosting the startup performance to counterbalance the impact of this release.
I've also updated the user guide to cover the new plugins and explain how to create/customize heat maps:
And there's a ton more coming. The more people become interested in the starter kit, the more energy I can pour into it without feeling like I'm just procrastinating. It adds value to my own knowledge base and serves spares time for my customers. Win-win! 🎉
I'm also thinking about launching a bundle with some of my Knowledge Management products, now that Gumroad has added support for those. Shoot me a mail if you want me to notify on launch!
I've published an article discussing the relationship between knowledge and time, as well as the implications for learning and knowledge management:
Quotes of the week
- The most courageous decision that you can make each day is to be in a good mood — Voltaire
- People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things — Buckminster Fuller
Thinking and learning
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.
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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