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This beautiful, messy graph is my second 🧠 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.

Gain access to over two year's worth of obsessively learning personal knowledge management, productivity, and note-taking, all in one prebuilt vault, to start growing your own web of ideas.

I’ve spent HUNDREDS of hours experimenting on my own vault to implement countless note-taking and productivity practices.


And thanks to it, I’ve never felt so in control of my life.


But it wasn’t always like this.

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 my future was going to look like; to cope from the stress and uncertainty, I distracted myself by playing games for up to 16 hours a day.

My information organization was crippling - my binder for school notes was a mess of notes I would never revisit, and I couldn't find information when I needed it most in my unstructured Google documents.

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

But now, my second brain has become my digital assistant for high performance.

It's become an ever-growing garden of all my knowledge and experiences that will serve me for my lifetime.

It lets me achieve the things I want to.


Within my first two years of use it's helped me:

  • Self-learn web development and land my first coding internship (and another one at SAP 🤯)
  • Achieve a 4.07 GPA in my first semester of university all while studying less than my peers
  • Create content to grow my YouTube channel to 9k subscribers
  • Compound my ideas by making connected notes on over 50 books and countless resources, implementing them into my life
  • Understand and explore myself through a daily and weekly journalling habit
  • Gain clarity by aligning my tasks -> projects -> goals -> vision in my periodic reviews
  • Learn countless skills like Obsidian, creating digital products, and marketing to share my second brain system with the world ;)

Will it be useful for me?

Some of the 400+ second brain enthusiasts who obsessively use this vault are:

  • High performers needing productivity systems for managing their personal and work life
  • Knowledge workers needing organized notes and workflows for consistently delivering in their responsibilities
  • Self-learners building an interconnected web of new ideas and skills
  • Creators transforming their notes and knowledge into content and action
  • Self-improvement enthusiasts going through their own personal transformation to strive for their ideal life

If you:

  • Don’t know where and how to start learning personal knowledge management and Obsidian MD
  • 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
  • Want to have a ready-to-use vault capable of extreme customization

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
  • Let your ideas grow by turning them into conceptual notes
  • Make time and space for understanding yourself by recording memories, reflections, and musings
Input note
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
  • Freely navigate your notes 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

Get Things Done - take action on projects and tasks

  • Keep 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 project note dashboards
  • Find your tasks when you need to do them using customizable queries and kanban boards
  • Streamline your productivity with the Getting Things Done philosophy through different implemented task views and workflows
  • (Optional) Allow for better 3rd party task management integrations to Google Calendar, Notion, etc., by using Todoist as your main task database
Project note

Customizable bullet journalling

  • Plan your day using high performance prompts and seeing today's tasks
  • Remember habits by automatically generating daily tasks
  • Journal your ideas and feelings using reflective prompts
  • Measure your life by keeping track of habits and statistics
Daily note

Advanced periodic reviews + planners

  • Establish different levels of projects and goals for various timeframes (weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly)
  • Reflect and plan weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly using periodic reviews
  • Consistently seek improvement and identify obstacles through elaborate self-reflection
  • Track habits and visualize progress 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
Still not convinced?

remember... that's only one part of the vault.

Roadmap - The 4 Steps to Mastering Obsidian

To help you fully adapt, I’ve created a 4 part project in the vault using the built-in project and task system.

Each step has a kanban board with different tasks that link to notes in the vault for you to learn and take action.

The four steps are to:
  1. Learn the essentials of personal knowledge management and note-taking
  2. Learn how to use the features of Obsidian MD
  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

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, as well as links to external resources and my own personal notes from books like Building a Second Brain and How to Take Smart Notes.

2. Learn Obsidian MD

You can do anything with Obsidian MD 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 daily life.

Learn how to leverage core features like

  • Workspaces to easily transition between contexts
  • Obsidian sidebars to display and access relevant information or functionality
  • Hotkeys to quickly run commands

Learn how I use plugins to create this complex system in the first place:

  • Automate note creation using templates and one-click buttons/commands
  • Personalize different note types with unique fields and content for the different information in your life
  • Filter and retrieve relevant notes using searching methods and 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 key knowledge management concepts like the PARA method are enhanced and synthesized into one seamless system
  • Understand the different types of notes in the vault through workflows and example notes
  • Countless templates with explanations on how to use and customize them

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 be able 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?

What are you waiting for?

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

It's a no-brainer investment for the thousand-dollar ideas you’ll curate, projects you’ll finally complete, and hours saved through efficient workflows.

You have two choices right now.

Choice 1:

  • Feel overwhelmed with all the terminology and possibilities when trying to scrape together your first vault
  • Spend more time creating your system than actually using it and making progress on your goals

Choice 2:

  • Download the vault and follow a roadmap to learn the fundamentals
  • Start getting work done with preset workflows and note structures
  • After a while of use, feel confident enough to personalize your vault to add more features and perfectly complement your use cases
  • Know the essential plugins and features of Obsidian MD to use the software to its full potential
Now, which one will you make?

My second brain has taken my self-improvement and productivity to new heights, and will most likely serve me for the rest of my life.

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