Hey all, so I wanted to share a workflow I have adopted relatively quickly after a few iterations of my obsidian based pkm system, and though it might inspire some to follow me down the rabbit hole.
I started using obsidian like everyone through creating a vault in my documents. As notes started growing, and with them the desire to start linking to more of my university content, I moved the .obsidian one directory up and started opening my vault a level higher, to encapsulate my courses folders into the linking scope. This worked wonders. I could link to every lecture slides, pdf, or video I was given during my studies.
As a small side note, I should say that I got in the habbit very early on to download everything I could during my studies for future reference. I however realised that I just had no effective mean of accessing this information properly, and it as a result simply was left mostly dormant. Allowing for linking through obsidian simply unclocked all this knowledge.
As I further embraced the obsidian ways, I found myself wanting to also use it to manage other things, such as my administrative stuff, or finances. The issue was, this was in a other folder yet again (my folder organisation being structured around a few big folders, such as knowledge, adminstrative etc…). As a result, I moved my .obsidian folder yet again another directory up, at which point I basically found myself at the top of my entire folder structure (moving further up means starting to include computer program files in the vault).
And this is when it clicked. Obsidian doesn’t only work as a note taking app, it can also be what I didn’t realize the file explorer needed all this time: a file explorer user interface. An interface that not only lets you refer to different documents, but lets you anotate, link, and put into context as needed.
With this newfound knowledge in mind I started what to this day is the longest standing organisation scheme standing to date. I find that I nowadays almost never add something to my files without refering to it in some ways in my pkm system, and finally feel like I have truly unlocked access to my information.
As such if this post’s content is new to you, and you find yourself intrigued by this approach, I am happy to provide any extra needed information and tips or tricks I found over the last few months of living with this system (Vault structure, CSS snipets to hide folders from the vault file explorer etc…)