How to structure notes to better align with Obsidian?

How should we take notes with Obsidian? Here are some patterns I’ve thought of, but not sure if I should structure my notes like this.

  • a few big files with lots of headings
  • a few big files with lots of bullets, but few headings
  • lots of tiny files with only 1 heading, per file
  • every topic in its own folder
  • everything top level, no folders
  • what should I do with tags?

I’m trying to figure out the idiomatic Obsidian way to do things. I’d love to know how other people structure things.

I’m a programmer and want to keep notes on books I’m reading, side projects ideas, code snippets, todos.

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Obviously, everyone has their own opinion, but this is important: Obsidian is non-opinionated.

That means you do whatever you want. Obsidian just allows you to do it.

That said, my rule of thumb is: one note = one page or less*

*Just like the English language, there are about a million exceptions to this rule


This is what’s been working for me thus far:

But this video is making me rethink a few things:

EDIT = (in ref to the video above) but I’ll be honest, I’m also in the humanities and in my subfield, scholars are citing others out of context. I think it’s somewhat accepted, but personally I find this unethical and just intellectual appropriation. So while I see the efficiency of atomized notes, I don’t think I can get myself to do that. So I’ll probably keep my current method.

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