A Step-By-Step Guide on Taking Smart Notes Using the Zettelkasten Methodology Using Obsidian

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Ilro Lee


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The Zettelkasten methodology, also known as the “slip box” method, is a note-taking system developed by German sociologist and philosopher Niklas Luhmann in the 1950s. It involves creating a network of interconnected notes, or “slips,” that can be easily accessed and linked together to form a web of knowledge. This method has recently gained popularity as a way to improve memory, organize ideas, and boost productivity.

One tool that has become popular for implementing the Zettelkasten methodology is Obsidian, a markdown-based note-taking app that allows users to create and link notes easily. This blog post will provide a step-by-step guide on using Obsidian to take smart notes using the Zettelkasten methodology.

Step 1: Set up your Obsidian vault

The first step in using Obsidian for your Zettelkasten is to set up your vault, which is essentially a folder on your computer where all your notes will be stored. To create a new vault in Obsidian, click on the “File” menu and select “New Vault.”

Step 2: Create a new note

To create a new note in Obsidian, click on the “File” menu and select “New Note.” This will open a blank markdown document where you can begin taking your notes.

Step 3: Use unique and descriptive titles for your notes

One of the key principles of the Zettelkasten methodology is to use unique and descriptive titles for your notes. This will make it easier to find and link your notes later on. For example, instead of using a vague title like “Ideas for a blog post,” you could use a more descriptive title like “5 ways to increase productivity using the Zettelkasten method.”

Step 4: Use tags to organize your notes

In Obsidian, you can use tags to organize your notes and make them easier to find. There are two main types of notes that…