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This beautiful, messy graph is my second ūü߆ in Obsidian.

My 5000+ notes in Obsidian

Each dot is a note, and there are 5000 of them, containing a total of 1.4 million words.

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To get here, I’ve spent THOUSANDS of hours experimenting on my own vault to implement countless books, resources, and thought leaders like:

  • Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte
  • How to Take Smart Notes by Sonke Ahrens
  • Linking Your Thinking by Nick Milo
  • Feel-Good Productivity by Ali¬†Abdaal
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
  • Slow Productivity by Cal Newport

And thanks to it, I’ve been able to synthesize their ideas into an life operating system that lets me freely follow my passions, explore my curiosities, and cultivate my ideal life.

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But it wasn’t always like this.

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Prior to having my second brain, I was a 17 year old that felt overwhelmed by all the responsibilities and information when transitioning into adult life.

I was uncertain about who I was and what I wanted to do in the future.

To cope from the stress and uncertainty, I distracted myself by playing games for up to 16 hours a day with no direction in life.

Sure I finished my assignments on time and got good grades, but it wasn't coming from a place of purpose or passion.

My information organization techniques became a source of overwhelming frustration, hindering rather than aiding my progress.

My binder for school notes was a mess of wasted efforts I would never revisit.

I couldn't find information when I needed it most for upcoming projects or essays in my unstructured Google documents.

Crucial takeaways and insights from content I¬†consumed were eventually forgotten, resulting in shallow learning‚ÄĒI¬†was starting at square one every time, with no foundation to compound my knowledge and apply it.

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This was until I started building my second brain in Obsidian.

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As I learned from my own experimentations, I began sharing my setups on Youtube.

Receiving feedback from my own experimentations, comments on my videos, and customers, I refined them for practicality.

Slowly but surely, my feelings of uncertainty and chaos turned into clarity.

Now, my ever-evolving galaxy of knowledge and experiences will continue to grow and serve me for my lifetime.

No matter the new challenge or goal, I found a way for Obsidian to turn the overwhelming amount of information online into a playground for exploring my diverse endeavors.

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Within my first two years of use I've used it to:

  • Self-learn web development to land my first coding internship within my first year of university and another one at a Global 500 company, years before my peers
  • Create content and systems to grow my YouTube channel to 9k subscribers and share my learnings in a weekly newsletter
  • Achieve a 4.07 GPA in my first semester of university across different subjects despite worrying and studying less than my classmates
  • Compound my ideas and discover unique insights by making connected notes on over 50 books and countless resources, implementing them into my life to escape "tutorial hell"
  • Understand my emotions and grow my collection of stories through my daily and periodic journaling habits
  • Feel purposeful by aligning my everyday tasks ->¬†weekly projects ->¬†monthly/quarterly goals -> yearly vision -> personal values during my periodic reviews
  • Learn countless skills like Obsidian, building an online brand, and creating digital products to share my Obsidian setup with others who want to set up similar systems ;)

From my personal to professional life, it's been the foundation for accelerating my learning and growth.

But of course, this is my own personal story, and you have your own reasons for being interested in mastering Obsidian.

The real question is...

Will it be useful for you?

The 700+ second brain enthusiasts who use this vault include:

  • High performers needing productivity systems for managing their busy personal and work life
  • Knowledge workers needing accessible notes and practical workflows for consistently delivering in their responsibilities
  • Multi-passionate self-learners building an interconnected web of new ideas and skills that will compound throughout their life
  • Creators transforming their knowledge into unique insights to share their ideas and express their inner world
  • Self-improvement enthusiasts needing clarity during their own personal journey to discover their full potential

If you:

  • Don‚Äôt know where and how to start learning personal knowledge management and Obsidian
  • Feel overwhelmed trying to organize all the information in your life
  • Want to effectively use your notes and make progress on projects or creative outputs
  • Align your daily actions to systematically work towards a long-term vision or desired life
  • Want to have a ready-to-use vault capable of extreme customization

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Then the starter vault is for you.

What can you use it for?

Capture ideas and resources

  • Quickly take notes using templates for different kinds of content (articles, books, etc)
  • Remember what you consume by integrating highlighting apps like Readwise or Fleeting Notes
  • Grow your ideas from sources by taking conceptual notes in your own words
  • Make time for understanding yourself by recording memories, reflections, and musings
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Area note

Organize information

  • Store notes based on actionability using Tiago Forte's PARA method
  • Build a connected web of ideas by connecting them using the Zettelkasten method
  • Overcome information overwhelm using maps of content
  • Have specific note types for anything (people, meetings, and more)
  • Systematize your information processing using note-type specific status tags and evergreen notes

Based on strategies from Tiago Forte, Nick Milo, and Niklas Luhmann

Get things done

  • Have your projects and task management systems seamlessly integrated with your knowledge inside Obsidian
  • Plan your goals and keep track of related notes or information using dashboards
  • See your tasks when you need to do them using context-specific to-do lists and kanban boards
  • Streamline your productivity with the Getting Things Done philosophy with the master tasks list and practical flow charts
  • (Optional) Integrate with 3rd party apps like¬†Google Calendar, Notion, etc., by using Todoist as your main task database

Based on strategies from Getting Things Done, Cal Newport, and Ali Abdaal

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Customizable bullet journaling

  • Stay aligned with your long-term goals by reviewing your vision board
  • Plan your day using high performance prompts and seeing today's tasks
  • Remember habits by automatically generating recurring tasks
  • Record your ideas and feelings using reflective journaling prompts
  • Measure your life by keeping track of habits and statistics
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Advanced periodic reviews + planners

  • Break down your ideal for clarity across timeframes through goal and project notes
  • Reflect and plan weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly using periodic reviews
  • Consistently improve and identify bottlenecks through elaborate self-reflection
  • Celebrate progress visually using graphs, summary, and calendar views
Periodic reviews

BONUS: Integrate AI into your Second Brain

  • Turn the internet into your personal assistant by adding ChatGPT¬†inside Obsidian
  • Ask your notes anything to retrieve the most relevant information in your vault no matter how old using Smart Chat
  • Make connections beyond human capability by letting AI¬†categorize and compare your notes across 1536 dimensions
If you want to learn more about any of these features, you can check out the ever-growing documentation over at https://notes.johnmavrick.com/My+Areas/Ultimate+Starter+Vault
I'll admit it. If you're coming from a background of only using Google Docs and a basic to-do list, it can be a lot to learn and get used to.
So to help you slowly adopt this new system, I’ve created a 4 module roadmap in the vault to help you understand and practice.

Each step has different tasks that link to notes for you to learn and take action.

Roadmap - The 4 Steps to Mastering Obsidian

‚ÄćThe four steps are to:
  1. Learn the essentials of personal knowledge management and life management
  2. Learn how to use the features of Obsidian
  3. Learn the countless workflows in the vault
  4. Try all the features and workflows yourself and personalize them to your liking

1. Learn personal knowledge management, productivity, and life management

When I first started learning about PKM, I was drowning in foreign terms like Zettelkasten, PARA, Maps of Content, and evergreen notes.

I’ve provided brief summaries to give you the TL;DR and show how they are integrated into the vault. These principles are inspired from resources like:

  • Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte
  • How to Take Smart Notes by Sonke Ahrens
  • Linking Your Thinking by Nick Milo
  • Feel-Good Productivity by Ali¬†Abdaal
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
  • Slow Productivity by Cal Newport

The goal of this step is to help you understand the philosophy and best practices of the vault.

2. Learn Obsidian

You have immense creative freedom with Obsidian to create your desired systems as long as you know how to leverage its features.

In this second step, I share the essential features and plugins I use in my vault.

Learn how I leverage core features like:

  • Obsidian sidebars to display and access relevant information or functionality
  • Hotkeys to save time running important commands

Learn how I use plugins to create and customize this system:

  • Easily create notes anywhere using the command palette and templates
  • Personalize different note types with unique fields and content to accommodate for different information in your life
  • Filter and retrieve relevant notes using searching methods and powerful queries

3. Learn vault features and workflows

Once you understand the theory and the capabilities of Obsidian, it’s time to integrate the plugins and features into daily use.

In this step, you learn about the workflows and use cases of the vault:

  • See how these knowledge management concepts like the PARA¬†method are enhanced and synthesized into one seamless system
  • Understand the different types of notes and workflows in the vault through documentation, example notes, and videos

4. Use the vault

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty.

The vault is feature-rich, so there are a lot of things to try for the first time.

On top of the explanations, I also have example notes you can reference.

By now, you should have the knowledge to create any workflow or structure you need.

Otherwise, what's the point of having a second brain if you can't make it truly yours?

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The price of this will only increase as I continue to learn more about Obsidian and add more powerful features and higher-quality resources.

With life-time updates, you can secure the current price and gain access to all future content, even if I end up changing the lifetime guarantee.

Obsidian was made in mind to last a life-time. This should follow suit.

If the system works for you, it will pay itself back with the creative ideas you’ll curate, projects you’ll finally complete, and hours saved through efficient workflows.

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