16 Obsidian Templates For Zettelkasten To Start With

Thank you.

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All my templates are based on a common structure:

Front Matter - Obsidian Properties

  • Date
  • Tags


  • Title
  • Lead
  • Sketchnote (optional)
  • Details (optional)

Back Matter

  • Source
  • Tasks (optional)
  • Questions (optional)
  • Terms (optional)
  • References (optional)

What are your ideas for improvement?

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Hello, I created a canvas with detailed information from notes but I don’t know how to connect them together to keep the zettelkasten system. Please add connections so I can understand it better.
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Hi Edmund, I’ve been diving into Markdown apps for writing since last spring (currently using Ulysses heavily, although I’m having to work around its funky Markdown variant), and in the process I bumped into Zettelkasten. The system intuitively appeals to me–I currently work in IT support and worked previously for almost a decade in graphic design (I was the geek in the studio), which may explain some of that.

I’ve been working on a memoir/personal think piece and have been doing a lot of reading as part of that. My plan is to start taking notes on my reading in a Zettelkasten, either in Obsidian or Zettlr as a primary tool. I’ve also found some mobile apps that can access the same vault/repository to make it easier to take notes while reading in the Nook app or other reference apps I use–I do most of my reading on either an iPad or Android tablet.

Can you recommend a template to use for book citations and accompanying notes? I’ve been reading Introduction to the Zettelkasten Method • Zettelkasten Method, and they stress taking notes on thoughts, not simply information, so I’ll likely use BibDesk for straight citations. I’d like to design a workflow that includes creating a citation in BibDesk or other citation manager, then adding that citation and my thoughts surrounding it to a Zettelkasten note.

Another note type would simply be a thought I had on a given topic, which may or may not be related to something I’m reading. I’m looking at tools like Apple Notes and Drafts to enable capturing spontaneous thoughts quickly and moving them into my Zettelkasten–that will come after I’ve gotten more comfortable with the overall method.

Any thoughts?

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Thank you for sharing your canvas with notes and their elements in a Zettelkasten workflow. As I would explain it: You need to connect the notes, not the elements of the notes. And, between the folders (e.g. Literature Notes and Permanent Notes) there is a workflow, not a link. If you want to read more about Zettelkasten, I recommend Sönke Ahrens „How to take smart notes“. It‘s a great book.

I read or rather try to because English is not my native language. I wanted to understand where the notes should be connected. Overall The permanent note is linked to a bibliography. In your template I have sections Source, Terms, Resource. I can’t understand what is what. Whether the Source is linked to the bibliographic note or perhaps to the URL from which the permanent note was created, etc.
On my canva it marked this workflow as thinking. not as a connection. I was hoping to indicate where the connections are and where the information flows are.

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I import all my stuff into Obsidian as a single source of truth. Thank @Edmund you for all the stuff on GitHub. The concept of using sketch notes is amazing. At the moment, I have more sketches notes in Excalidraw than .md. :slight_smile:

I have for you bellow questions:
#1 How does the refactoring of the vault look in your case?
Once a week, I browse through all the notes from the past two weeks that don’t have any tags or links to other notes. I then proceed to edit, merge, or delete them as needed. Additionally, I update my MOC (Map of Content) in the Structure Note once a month. What are your thoughts on this process?

#2 Do you use indent bullet points in notes?
Last week, I resigned from nested bullet points because all the notes appeared to lose readability. What is your point of view?

#3 Good Practices for a Big Second Brain
Have you heard of any good techniques for managing a large number of notes, tags, etc.?


  • a Project Note is linked to one or more Permanent Notes,
  • a Permanent Note is linked to a Reference Note (e.g. a Bibliographical Note)
  • a Reference Note is linked to a book, a source from Internet et. al.


  • Links to definition pages (glossary items). They belong to the group of Reference Notes.


  • Links to pages not referenced in the content (e.g. other Permanent Notes)

Does it answer your questions?

@Edmund can you response me in free time :slight_smile: ?