Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
This week, I've continued working on the Knowledge Worker Kit's part about Personal Knowledge Management. That part is so important to me that I really want to nail it. First, it needs to really be convincing. It needs to highlight its value for personal and professional development as well as its compounding effects. Second, it needs to be practical enough so that people who are not familiar with the topic understand what it means and how it works, so that they can get started without feeling lost.
The interesting aspect of explaining PKM from the ground up is that it forces me to go step by step and chain the topics in a thoughtful way. As such, it creates a mini-course on the topic, that should be valuable to the community, but also potentially to others. For instance, I could repurpose that content to create a free 7-day e-mail course (anyone interested??).
Alright, let's gooooo 🚀
The lab 🧪
As I've mentioned, I've continued working on the Knowledge Worker Kit. I've added the following articles recently:
There's still quite a lot to cover, but this is already quite useful for our community members.
I feel far behind on the marketing side. I've lost my momentum on X, and don't publish nearly enough. It's a real grind, and it feels so tiresome sometimes. Meh! I wish more readers would help me share the word about what I'm spending so much time and efforts on 😂
Why I chose Obsidian
Obsidian is my favorite note-taking and Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) tool.
I like it because:
- It stores everything locally in an Open Data format (Markdown), meaning that the data will always remain mine, and in a format that I will always be able to edit and maintain. This is great for vendor independence, privacy, security, etc
- It is very performant compared to Web-based alternatives. It starts quickly, and all operations are lightning-fast
- It has been audited by an independent security firm, meaning that it is secure and safe to use. It also means that they truly care about security
- It has awesome built-in features such as local and global graphs, note metadata, canvas (diagrams), browser-like tabs, powerful search capabilities, bookmarks, support for links and backlinks, tags, theming, and much more
- It has a huge and very welcoming community
- It has a large collection of plugins (1000+). I listed my favorite ones a while ago
- It is free
There are more reasons, but those are the most important ones for me.
Curious about Obsidian? Then check out my beginner's guide.
And if you want to take the fast lane, then check out the Obsidian Starter Kit. I've been working on it for the last two years, and it made hundreds of customers happy:
No new articles this week, but I'm preparing a guide about how to name notes thoughtfully.
Quotes of the week
- You don't have to be brilliant, only a little bit wiser than the other guys, on average, for a long, long time — Charlie Munger
- The formula for failure is a few small errors consistently repeated — Shane Parrish
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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