Obsidian Starter Kit and community

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Who is this for?

  • You are just getting started with note-taking or you've recently switched to Obsidian
  • You wonder how to take smart notes
  • You want to know how to properly organize your notes and avoid creating an overwhelming mess
  • You want a solid system that scales
  • You wonder what Zettelkasten, the PARA method, and the Johnny decimal system are

Getting 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.

Note that this product is included in the Knowledge Worker Kit.

What is this?

This is NOT just a template. It's a complete system with a detailed user guide.

I've been passionate about information, knowledge management, and PKM for more than 20 years. As an author, blogger, knowledge worker, and entrepreneur, I needed solutions to store and organize an enormous amount of information.

Over the years, I've explored, used, and advocated many tools but have been using Obsidian extensively since 2020. With the Obsidian Starter Kit, I offer you the result of my own research and experimentation. It's like a cheat code to jump straight to stress-free note-making.

I've spent months refining and perfecting my Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) system, and have spent countless hours tweaking my system. I've published a few articles to share some ideas about this. My system combines the Zettelkasten approach, the PARA method, the Johnny decimal system, and other ideas to create a solid basis for my work as an author, blogger, and content creator.

The Obsidian Starter Kit is a ready-made Obsidian vault that includes my recommended organization system and plugins, as well as example notes to help you get started. It also comes along with a user-friendly guide.

What's included?

If you buy access to the Obsidian Starter Kit, you'll get:

  • The Obsidian vault
    • A comprehensive and solid structure with support for Journaling and Zettelkasten
      • Leveraging the PARA method and the Johnny Decimal system
    • Many recommended plugins to boost productivity and automate actions
    • A clear system for Journaling, Meeting Notes, Periodic reviews, etc
    • Many templates to improve consistency and productivity
    • A powerful dashboard
    • Maintenance notes (e.g., find duplicate and orphaned notes)
    • Automation rules
    • Various examples
  • The user guide
  • Lifetime access to the Personal Knowledge Management community for support and knowledge sharing

In addition, you'll also get free access to all future updates. Over time, I'll expand it step by step to include tutorials about the various aspects; from exploration/curation to summarization and reuse.

What's in the user guide?

The user guide is a growing and evergreen knowledge base about how to take smart notes. It includes:

  • Installation instructions.
  • Details about the contents of the Obsidian Starter Kit (i.e., Obsidian vault structure, key design principles, included plugins, etc.)
  • A clear overview of Obsidian and its core concepts (everything you should know and care about)
  • Clear explanations about...
    • The Zettelkasten method
    • Atomic notes
    • Progressive summarization
    • The PARA method
    • The LIFT principle
    • The Johnny Decimal system
    • Journaling
    • Maps of Content (MoCs)
    • Periodic reviews
    • Why and how to tag notes
    • Templating
    • The Markdown syntax
    • Why you need a single source of truth for everything
    • The collector's fallacy
    • The Inbox Zero principle
    • How to capture information
    • How to capture quotes
    • How to capture information about persons of interest
    • How to extract knowledge from daily notes
    • How to save mental contexts
  • Obsidian tips and tricks

What's in the video course?

The Obsidian Starter Course is a video course (~2h20) of content covering:

Evergreen content

The user guide of the Obsidian Starter Kit is expanding day after day, week after week. It will soon include:

  • More theory
  • Detailed processes (e.g. when to take notes, how to use Zettelkasten in practice, daily notes, periodic reviews, ...)
  • Additional how-to guides
  • More tips and tricks
  • ...

The Obsidian vault also evolves over time:

  • The structure improves
  • New templates are added
  • New plugins are added
  • etc

Refunds policy

If 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.


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"Off and running w/ @obsdmd. I've installed the app & have @dSebastien Starter Kit & my own fresh start Vault open. Learning from former & putting into practice w/ real content in latter. So far, so good"

Raymond D Sims (@rsims)

"Great content - got me up to speed with what I was looking for fast ! Sébastien answered some questions by mail also which was much appreciated ! Thanks"

Sam Gonzales

"As someone who has bounced around trying to find the right Knowledge tool, I’ve realized that many of my issues have been related to the complexity of the tools and the processes. The structure, design and explanations provided in the Obsidian Starter Kit have finally given me the foundation I’ve needed. 100% worth it"

— Michael Aaron (via e-mail)

"I absolutely love your kit and it has been so immensely helpful"

— Ashwin Appiah (via e-mail)

"Thanks for making the product. I'm making efforts to start using Obsidian more in my daily workflow and having a place to start makes the task much less daunting!"

— Liam Weight (via Twitter DM)

"I'm very new to PKM, but the Obsidian Starter Kit has been a tremendous help in getting me started"

— Fredrik Nordström (via the PKM community Slack)

"Sebastien's Obsidian Starter Kit is a powerful tool for those looking to dive into the world of Obsidian without being overwhelmed. It's a comprehensive solution that significantly shortens the learning curve, providing an impressively structured way to start capturing notes and facilitating daily journaling. The kit's integration of automated tasks and pre-designed templates are a boon to beginners, alleviating the initial intimidation of starting from scratch. If you're new to Obsidian and need a solid starting point, this starter kit comes highly recommended. It doesn't just help you navigate Obsidian, but also empowers you to harness its full potential right from the get-go."

— Lubos KolouchFredrik (via the PKM community Slack)

"Just to thank the work and content that allowed me to discover the background of a custom vault. It was a real boost for me and given the price, it was a real investment of time and learning."

— Trobrillant

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