My top 10 articles about Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)

Discover my 10 most popular articles about note-taking and Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)

My top 10 articles about Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)

In this article, I want to showcase my most popular articles about Personal Knowledge Management (PKM). Whether you're just getting started or not, these can help you improve your own system.

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Obsidian

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

This article is a comprehensive tutorial for newcomers to Obsidian, a popular note-taking and personal knowledge management tool. This guide covers the fundamental concepts of Obsidian, including how to set up and organize notes, utilize Markdown for note creation, and the significance of features like vaults and plugins. It is designed to help beginners quickly grasp the essential aspects of using Obsidian efficiently.

Note that I have also created the Obsidian Starter Course, which is a deep dive course:

Obsidian Starter Course
Who is this for?You are just getting started with note-taking or you’ve recently switched to ObsidianYou want to discover Obsidian and its key featuresYou wonder how to take smart notesYou want to know how to properly organize your notes and avoid creating an overwhelming messYou want a solid system that scalesYou wonder what Zettelkasten, the PARA method, and the Johnny decimal system areYou have bought the Obsidian Starter Kit and want a full video course to help you get startedGetting started with Obsidian is not the hardest thing in the world, but it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out how to structure and organize your knowledge base. You have a busy life, and you don’t want to spend weeks or even months figuring out the “right” approach.What is this?The Obsidian Starter Course is a video course containing 2h20 of content. It’s a hands-on guide into the world of Obsidian, Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), and the Obsidian Starter Kit.Many of the explanations use the Obsidian Starter Kit’s vault/structure/plugins, but the explanations about Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), Markdown, YAML and recommendations can be applied to many other tools. Moreover, if you’re using Obsidian but don’t yet have a copy of the Obsidian Starter Kit, then this course is still incredibly useful. It will show you how you can organize your knowledge base, how to take smart notes, and much more!What’s in the video course?The Obsidian Starter Course covers the following topics:Obsidian: installation, user interface, key features, plugins, automation, tips and tricks, etcThe Markdown syntaxYAML metadataPersonal Knowledge Management techniques and principles: the Johnny Decimal system, the PARA method (e.g., the Zettelkasten method, the LIFT principle, Atomic notes, Maps of Content, knowledge capture & extraction, etc)JournalingPeriodic reviewsTemplatesAutomationTask managementBest practices and recommendationsHands-on explanationsand more!Refunds policyIf you’re not 100% satisfied, then just let me know, and I’ll issue a full refund. I’ll only ask you a single question: How can I improve the product?If you think about asking for a refund, then consider reaching out to me with your issues, questions, and remarks. I’m always available and happy to help. My goal is to help you succeed.

The Must-Have Obsidian plugins

The Must-Have Obsidian plugins
An overview of the best Obsidian plugins. Make sure to read this and try these out!

This article offers an extensive overview of various essential plugins for the Obsidian note-taking application. It introduces readers to a range of plugins, detailing their functions and benefits. These plugins enhance the functionality of Obsidian, addressing different aspects such as task management, note organization, data visualization, and more. The post is designed to help users navigate the extensive library of available Obsidian plugins and select those that best suit their personal knowledge management needs.

Ten Personal Knowledge Management Practices to Explore and Master

Ten Personal Knowledge Management Practices to Explore and Master
Ten practices that you should explore to improve your Personal Knowledge Management skills

This article outlines essential practices for effective Personal Knowledge Management.

Note-taking vs Note-making

Note-taking vs Note-making
Taking notes and making notes are different but complementary. Learn about the difference and why you should care

This article distinguishes between these two different practices. On one end capturing external information (often condensed), and on the other, expressing thoughts and ideas, fostering self-expression and creativity.

The Value of Atomic Notes

The value of atomic notes
Atomic notes are a key element of PKM success. Here’s why

This article discusses the benefits of creating concise, and focused notes in Personal Knowledge Management (PKM). Atomic notes, limited to a single idea or concept, enhance linkability, tagging accuracy, and ease of search within a knowledge base. This approach aids in better understanding, recall, and exploration of ideas, making atomic notes valuable for efficient learning and knowledge accumulation.

The PARA Method

The PARA method
The PARA method is a great way to organize your digital information. Here’s a quick introduction

This article covers the PARA method, a system for organizing digital information. It stands for Projects, Areas, Resources, and Archives, each storing specific types of information. This method helps to categorize and prioritize tasks and information, streamlining the organization process for enhanced productivity and clarity.

The Johnny Decimal System

The Johnny Decimal system
Discover the Johnny Decimal system and organize anything with grace

This article explores a popular method for organizing digital information. It describes how to organize any kind of information efficiently. The Johnny Decimal is a versatile tool adaptable across various platforms and tools, enhancing personal knowledge management practices.

Maps of Content (MoCs)

Maps of Content (MoCs) for better Knowledge Graphs
Understand what Maps of Content (MoCs) are in the PKM ecosystem. Discover why they are useful and how they can help strengthen your knowledge graph

This article dives into the concept of Map of Content (MoC). It explains how MoCs act as meta notes, linking to other notes and serving as a dynamic index on various topics. The article highlights the benefits of MoCs in organizing and connecting ideas, enhancing the navigability and scalability of a knowledge base. It also touches on the idea of creating a "MoC of MoCs" to further structure and relate various topics.

How I use Daily Notes

How I use daily notes
An overview of how I use daily notes and how I extract knowledge from those.

This article explores my own journaling approach. It outlines my process for capturing ideas, and later organizing those during weekly reviews.

My Daily Note template in Obsidian

My daily note template in Obsidian
In this article, I want to share the template I use in Obsidian for my daily notes. Introduction As journaling is part of my habits, I use my daily note template every single day. That’s why I like to keep it simple and usable. My daily note template Let me

This article provides an insightful look into how he uses Obsidian for daily journaling and note-taking. In it, I share the Daily Note template I currently use. I also explain its structure and components. The article emphasizes how this structured approach aids in productivity, learning, and personal development.

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.

Knowledge Worker Kit and community (BETA)
Who is this for?You are a Knowledge Worker or Lifelong LearnerYou feel disorganized, unproductive, or overwhelmedYou don’t know how to go to the next levelYou want to learn from someone who’s always on top of thingsI have a proven track record of delivering at work and with my side projects. I have worked as a software developer, team leader, project manager, IT architect, information management specialist, CTO, founder, coach, and solopreneur. I have also written and published 3 books, 300+ articles, courses, YouTube videos, digital products, manage communities, and more! And I did it all with a busy life and kids. My personal system works and helps me achieve my goals consistently.You want a solid system that scalesBeing a Knowledge Worker today is much more challenging than it ever was. Getting started ain’t easy, and there are many traps to fall into. Spare yourself some time and benefit from my experience and battle-tested system. I’ll share everything I know with you: my approach, my systems, my routines, templates, guidance, and more! My mission is to help you avoid the pitfalls of Knowledge Work and empower you through technology.After you finish exploring the guide, you’ll have:Clarity in your life and an obvious path forwardSolid habits, routines, and systemsClear ideas about how to “manage” your careerAn effective approach to learning new thingsSolid knowledge management and personal organization systemsKnowledge about how to organize, plan, control, and manage projects (large and small!)A toolkit to prioritize workA system to manage your tasks at scaleEffective means to focus your attention and manage your timeWork methods that will propel your career forwardWhat is this?I’ve been passionate about information, knowledge management, learning, personal organization, PKM, and productivity for more than 20 years. As an author, blogger, knowledge worker, entrepreneur, coach, and father of 3 kids, I needed effective solutions to be and stay organized, focused, and productive. The Knowledge Worker Kit includes everything I know about these topics, and more!What’s included?WARNING: The Knowledge Worker Kit is in BETA. The content will be added and expanded over time. If you buy access now, you’ll benefit from a lower price. The product is already available so that I can find early adopters and get as much feedback as possible in order to make it great for everyone.If you buy access to the Knowledge Worker Kit, you’ll get:The user guideAll the templates and guidanceLifetime access to the private community for support and knowledge sharingLifetime access to all community events (meetups, workshops, knowledge-sharing sessions, invited talks, etc)Ask Me Anything (AMA) Q&As with meIn addition, you’ll also get free access to all future updates. Over time, I’ll continue expanding the kit with new ideas, techniques, systems, templates, and more!What’s in the user guide?The user guide is a growing and evergreen knowledge base. It includes detailed explanations covering a wide range of topics that all Knowledge workers should explore:01. Clarity: values, behaviors, goals, non-goals, priorities, and intentions02. Habits, routines, systems, processes and methods03. Career Management and Anticipation04. Learning05. Projects Knowledge Management and Journaling06. Projects Organization07. Planning and Prioritization08. Task Management09. Focus, Attention, Time Management and Action10. Personal Development11. Control: periodic reviews, progress tracking, course-adjustment12. Personal Organization13. WorkThe user guide is a Notion space including tons of articles, how-to guides, guidance, and links to useful templates and resources.You will get to explore the content at your own pace, and to focus on what is useful to you right now, as each section is actionable on its own.Evergreen ContentThe Knowledge Worker Toolkit is going to expand over time. Day after day, week after week. Buy it once, and you will have access to all future updates.Overview of the main topics01. ClarityThis part explores key elements that help bring clarity to one’s life:NeedsValuesPrinciplesGoalsPrioritiesEach of those is important to know what matters, what has value, and what to focus on.02. Habits, routines, systems, processes and methodsThis part explores the base elements of productivity systems:Habits and routinesSystems, processes, and methodsThose are key to building an “effortless” life, requiring as little willpower/motivation as possible to make things happen.03. Career Management and AnticipationThis part focuses on career management: its importance, your responsibility, the mindset you need to acquire, and all the related ideas.04. LearningThis part shares ideas about how to…Learn how you best learnLearn more effectivelyExplore new topicsResearchFilter informationLeverage AI and LLMs…05. Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) and JournalingThis part explores how to collect, organize, and link all your knowledge and information. It explores the main concepts of PKM, note-taking, note-making, tools of the trade, and structures/tips to help you keep everything useful, manageable, and maintainable as your knowledge base grows.It also introduces journaling and how to approach it to support your whole life.06. Projects OrganizationThis part focuses on how to organize projects and their information in a way that enables you and your teams to make focused progress.It shares ideas about how to organize project information, how to document projects, how to organize backlogs, etc.07. Planning and PrioritizationThis part focuses on how to plan projects and tasks, how to deal with deadlines, and how to prioritize work using various methods.08. Task ManagementThis part focuses on task management for personal and professional projects. It explores ways to keep tasks under control, how to organize personal work, and how to make the link between your different backlogs and your day-to-day life.09. Focus, Attention, Time Management and ActionThis part focuses on how to make things happen every single day, regardless of whatever is going on in your life. It’s all about techniques, tips & tricks, and tools to help you better manage your time, focus, and attention in order to ACT.10. Personal DevelopmentThis part explores important aspects of Personal Development that can make a big difference in a Knowledge Worker’s life. A sane mind in a sane body.11. ControlThis part is dedicated to control. How to control your progress, your trajectory, your projects, etc. And also, how to adjust course when things don’t go as expected.12. Personal OrganizationThis part helps better organize yourself and your information. It shares “zen” techniques you can use to remain organized, independently of how much information you have to juggle with.13. WorkThis part is all about WORK. How to do the work, how to improve your attitude, your results, and your recognition. It also dives into how to better collaborate with others to achieve your goals and those of your company/group.

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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