Taking notes: it’s hard to do well.

Obsidian Rocks is devoted to learning how to learn using one of the best note taking apps of the 21st century: Obsidian.

Note taking is a powerful force multiplier. No matter what you’re doing, taking great notes will make it better!

So let’s make some notes!

  • Five ways to improve your memory without memorization

    Five ways to improve your memory without memorization

    One of the problems with the modern age is that we all have too much information at our fingertips. We are inundated with so much information every day, it makes it challenging to improve your memory. Right at this moment you could be learning how to hula hoop, speak Greek, or build a bookshelf. Heck,…

  • Getting Started with Obsidian Notes: A Beginner’s Guide

    Getting Started with Obsidian Notes: A Beginner’s Guide

    Obsidian is a wonderful and potentially life-changing app. But it’s also a complicated app, and getting started with Obsidian notes can be a challenge. If you’re new to Obsidian and not sure where to start, then this is the article for you. Table of Contents What is Obsidian? Obsidian is a beautiful and versatile app created by Shida…

  • Maps of Content: Effortless organization for notes

    Maps of Content: Effortless organization for notes

    One of the biggest hurdles that you must overcome in order to take good notes is organization. The more notes you take, the harder it is to find things when you need them. A good organization structure will free your mind. Creating notes will become as easy as breathing, and as a result your creativity…

  • Five Title Ideas for Notes

    Five Title Ideas for Notes

    Do you ever have trouble with title ideas for notes? Or worse, do you struggle to find your notes after writing them? You aren’t alone. It’s a common axiom in the programming world that there are only two hard things in computer science, and one of them is naming things. Here’s a few title ideas…

  • Dataview in Obsidian: A Beginner’s Guide

    Dataview in Obsidian: A Beginner’s Guide

    Obsidian is a great notetaking app. The built-in features are excellent and more than enough for basic notetaking purposes. However, if you want to get more out of Obsidian—if you want to give Obsidian superpowers, per se—then you have to check out Dataview. Out of all the great community plugins, Dataview is my favorite. Dataview…

  • Obsidian Search: Five Hidden Features

    Obsidian Search: Five Hidden Features

    Both beginners and experts often have something in common when it comes to PKM: they both lean heavily on search. As your stockpile of notes grows, search becomes more and more important in your workflow. No matter how well you organize your notes, there will be times when the easiest way to find a note…

  • Creating Dynamic Graphs in Obsidian

    Creating Dynamic Graphs in Obsidian

    Obsidian has an incredible plugin ecosystem. Not only are the plugins individually impressive, but sometimes they integrate with each other in unexpected and wonderful ways. One of my favorites gives us the ability to create graphs in Obsidian. This trick involves two community plugins: Dataview and Obsidian Charts. Dataview gives you ability to query almost…

  • Building Systems in Obsidian

    Building Systems in Obsidian

    Building systems in Obsidian is one of the best things I’ve done in the last two years. Let me explain why. If there’s one thing you can say about the 21st century that is true for everyone, it’s that life is busy. We’re all busy. Some of us are busy with school, some with work, some with…

  • How to Take Book Notes in Obsidian

    How to Take Book Notes in Obsidian

    Taking notes is like eating: everyone does it, but not everyone does it well. For many years, taking notes was like eating fast food for me. I only took notes when I needed to, and it never helped me. If I was afraid of my forgetfulness, I would make a note. But this didn’t cure my forgetfulness, and…

  • Obsidian and GTD

    Obsidian and GTD

    Obsidian and GTD. At first glance, it may seem like these two systems have nothing in common. One is a tool for taking notes, the other is a system for tracking and completing tasks. Two different things, right? GTD is a controversial subject in its own right. For some GTD is too complex, for others,…