Zettelkasten Method With Obsidian- How to Take Smart Notes(With Examples)

A system to improve your knowledge, thinking, and productivity

Prakash Joshi Pax
9 min readOct 5, 2021


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Zettelkasten system of note-taking is the best thing I have learned this year. It has completely changed how I think and how I read. It took me quite a long time to learn because there are not many resources available online for this.

I’m taking smart notes in obsidian with the Zettelkasten method for almost 2 months now. It clearly has made me a better reader and a better thinker. In this article, I will try to explain in detail the principles of the Zettelkasten system and how you can take smart notes in obsidian.

It doesn’t matter if you are a non-fiction writer, researcher, or just a curious learner, this note-taking system will help you improve how you learn in life.

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What is Zettelkasten System

Zettelkasten, also known as the slip-box system is an open-ended process of writing, learning, and thinking invented by Niklas Luhmann. He read a lot of books, papers, and articles just like you and me and collected many notes.

He soon realized that his notes were not taking him anywhere. So, he developed a system to collect all of them in one place called a slip-box.

He found out that one idea or one note was only as valuable as its context, which was not necessarily the context it was taken from. He thought about how one idea could relate and contribute to different contexts.

He collected his notes in a slip-box in such a way that, it became his partner, main idea generator, and productivity engine.

In the span of 30 years, Luhmann published 58 books and hundreds of articles. Even after his death, about a dozen more books on different…



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