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The PKM Stack Framework, a Review of the Ugmonk Gather Lineup, and More

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The Ugmonk Gather Desk System: A Comprehensive Review »

The Ugmonk Gather Desk System: A Comprehensive Review

The more folks push to work from home and the more we switch our time to working at a desk, the more important our desk workspace becomes. Every industry is like this! If you’re a carpenter, your truck, trailer, and tools matter. If you’re a painter, your brushes and paint choices matter. If you’re a developer, designer, or knowledge worker, your workspace matters.

The PKM Stack: A Simple Framework for Making More of Your Notes & Ideas »

The PKM Stack: A Simple Framework for Making More of Your Notes & Ideas

It kind of drives me nuts when people talk about “PKM apps.” I understand what they mean, but the truth is that PKM is a system, not an app.

Trying to use a single app for PKM is destined for failure. In this article, I’ll explain why and share a simple framework for thinking about personal knowledge management that can help you get more out of the notes and ideas that you put into your PKM system.

A Roundup of the Best Obsidian Plugin in 2024 »

A Roundup of the Best Obsidian Plugin in 2024

One of the things that makes Obsidian unique is the ability to extend its capabilities with third-party plugins. In this post, we share a bunch of our favorite Obsidian plugins to help you take your personal knowledge management game to the next level.

At one point, it was possible to try each and every new Obsidian plugin that was released. But with 1,566 plugins available in the Community Plugins directory and counting, it’s hard to know where to begin.

So we’ve broken down our recommendations into 3 categories:

  • Essential plugins for those just coming to Obsidian that want to build a solid foundation for their PKM workflows
  • Productivity plugins for those who want to take their PKM productivity to the next level
  • Quality of Life plugins for those looking to add a touch of delight and joy to their Obsidian experience

All of these plugins are available to install directly from the Community Plugin directory. For all plugins, I’ve used Obsidian links so clicking on a plugin link will open the directory listing directly in Obsidian on your device. Just remember you have to 1) install the plugin, then 2) enable it before you can start using it in your own Obsidian vault.

Knowing How You Work Best is a Cheat Code for Better Productivity »

Knowing How You Work Best is a Cheat Code for Better Productivity

Throughout the years and after countless experiments, I’ve discovered how I work best. This best version doesn’t involve the sexiest setup. It doesn’t involve the nicest mechanical keyboard or the most expensive camera. This version of “work best” is defined more as “more productive” than “more creative” — I’ve discovered “Creative Josh” and “Productive Josh” are two different people, complete with their own needs. In my world, these two people are separated between my work here at The Sweet Setup and my work at the office.

Finding the Right Habits »

Finding the Right Habits

We’ve been talking a lot about habits in the past few months.

Habits help us build the future we want for ourselves and accomplish our goals.

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures”
— F.M. Alexander

In the name of habits, we decided to pull an interview from our Simple Habits course (it’s half off right now btw). We love this article with Justin DiRose because he shares about how habits are helpful when real life happens and the importance of startup/shutdown routines.

Let’s Build Your Habit Tracker Together »

Let’s Build Your Habit Tracker Together

Toward the end of last year, I started a new early morning habit of writing every day.

I used a few “habit building” tricks I’ve learned over the years. And, as a result, I was able to go from a blank page to a strong outline and nearly 40,000 words written.

All in about 6 weeks.

Habits and routines are the underrated superheroes when it comes to accomplishing a goal or hitting a desired outcome of your life.

Choosing the right habit will legitimately change your life. Choosing the wrong habit can be detrimental to your goals.

One of the “habit building tricks” I use is to have a way to track my habits and progress.

When you do this right, you might even find yourself being pulled toward your goals (instead of fighting an uphill battle).

For myself, as I was writing every day, I found myself waking up earlier and earlier. The momentum of my early morning writing routine began to carry me and keep me going.

5 Ways to Show Up Everyday (March Focus Digest) »

5 Ways to Show Up Everyday (March Focus Digest)

Welcome to March!

Our monthly Focus Digest is for folks who want to create a more ideal schedule, get organized, and stay in control of the things that matter.

If you are new to the digest… here’s what to look forward to at the beginning of the month:

  • A short article on a single concept around focus
  • A couple quotes that we’ve enjoyed thinking on
  • Links to interesting or related articles from our corner of the internet
  • Upcoming events and resource spotlights for our Focus Club members

If this sparks any ideas I’d love to hear from you!

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