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My workflow for creating notes in Obsidian consists of different techniques and systems that I use simultaneously. This article is intended to give you an overview of my system. If you are interested in a particular aspect in more detail, click on the links to other articles of mine that explain that part of the system in more detail.

Note Creation

As soon as I create a new note in Obsidian, it is automatically stored in the inbox folder. From there, I can move it to its correct location either immediately or during my weekly overview. My weekly overview is a ritual in which I go through and organize my digital world, for example my diary, calendar and to-do list.

I organize the content of my notes using various templates. For example, I have special templates for my daily, weekly and yearly overviews. These templates not only save a lot of time, but also ensure that my notes are more structured and look similar. This is particularly helpful with my diary as I can look months and years into the past without having to understand the structure of the note first.

To make note creation as quick as possible, I use shortcuts, which simplify note creation from anywhere. Whether I'm working on another project on my laptop or typing a note into my phone on the bus, I can create a note with a simple key combination or gesture.

Note Organization

I organize my notes in Obsidian in different folders. These folders are based on Tiago Forte's PARA system. I have folders for my projects, work areas and topics of interest (resources) as well as an archive. This organization makes my notes easier to find and gives me the feeling that my digital world is orderly and organized.

I have some guidelines for the content of my notes to ensure that my notes are of good quality. This is particularly helpful for literature notes on books and other media, so that I can still understand years later what I meant with my notes at the time.

For example, I use my notes to create website articles like this one or to write down ideas for projects. I save my literature notes in Obsidian, which expand my general knowledge and can also be used for specific projects. I no longer have to memorize everything, but can extract my knowledge into digital notes so that it is searchable and always available.