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Mind mapping with Excalidraw in Obsidian

Mind-mapping is a powerful tool. In this post I will show you how and when I mindmap with Excalidraw in Obsidian and why mindmapping is such a good tool for Personal Knowledge Management. Like this post? Show your support.
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Random Daily Journal Prompts in Obsidian

You can spice up your daily journaling practice by using random prompts. The good news is that it is very easy to implement it in your Obsidian vault. In this article, I will share my approach. My solution is inspired by Journal Prompts in Roam Research by Daniel Wirtz. The list of journal prompts I share is based on the 1000 Daily Prompts recommended in Daniel's article. If you are interested in my collection of journaling approaches check out my Evergreen Note on Note-taking Strategies and Their Practical Implementations . This is where I am collecting a growing list of different personal journaling strategies.

Sketchnoting a Book in Obsidian

Yesterday I completed my first "Book on a Page" sketchnote for Storyworthy  by Matthew Dicks. This article will summarize the workflow I followed.  My approach borrows heavily from Tiago Forte's Progressive Summarization method and Doug Neil's wonderful video How to Sketchnote a Book .

Book Summary: Storyworthy

Storyworthy  is a book by Matthew Dicks about the craft of telling stories. This post is an experiment created over the course of three days. My ultimate goal was to create a single-page sketch note summary of Storyworthy. To achieve this, I first wrote a summary of the book using Tiago Forte's  Progressive Summarization  approach. I then created three one-page sketches for each of the main sections in the book. I finally distilled the three one-pagers into a single summary sketch - you'll find the single-page overview at the very end. Introduction Stories are personal narratives of change that others can relate to, and are shared with the purpose of connecting to other people. The book covers three topics: Finding stories to share. Crafting these to be engaging and entertaining with a long-lasting impact. Telling them to family, friends, or larger audiences.

Sketchnoting for PKM

I'm exploring ways to take Personal Knowledge Management to the next level. I'm learning to think more visually, integrating Excalidraw into my Obsidian knowledge graph. My drawings have become more than just illustrations. They are self-standing documents, interlinked with everything else in my PKM system.

Obsidian Performance Test - Take 1

Imagine a database containing the full text of all the books and publications you have ever read, plus all your reading notes with links to the source paragraphs and your text highlights in the source. It also has everything you have ever written: your journal, all the articles, books, documents, and reports. Such a database would be a powerful source of knowledge. With persistence, it is possible to build this in Obsidian . But can Obsidian handle this volume of information? This post is about my attempt to understand Obsidian's performance limits. I will present my approach and findings.

Addicted to Block References
MS Office vs. Roam vs. Obsidian

Setting the stage I am leading a project to review my company’s business strategy. I want to identify projects for next year’s business plan and to create a strong link between the strategy and our projects. This will help in storytelling with the people delivering these projects and to the executives governing the strategy. This exercise has put the gap between information and knowledge management tools I use in private and available at work in the spotlight. There are four capabilities I miss most at work: backlinks, block references, tags, and a query language to work with the information.