How I organize my notes in Obsidian - the Jellyfish Vault

Today, I'm sharing my minimal Obsidian starter vault meant to help you organize your notes primarily by metadata (Properties).

After trying to wrangle my notes to keep them all in the correct folder, I'm giving up and using file metadata and the Dataview plugin to organize my notes in Obsidian.

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  1. All notes go into one folder, known as the "Jellyfish".
  2. All notes have metadata in the YAML frontmatter that is used for organization. As of Obsidian 1.4, this is known as "Properties".
  3. The vault contains "Dashboard" notes to aggregate and organize notes so you can easily find them and work with them.

Using Properties for organizing your vault

I've loosely adopted some concepts from the PARA and Zettelkasten methods of notetaking, along with an original idea or two.

Notes in this vault contain the following properties:

What's included?

Get Started

  1. Clone the GitHub repository and open it in Obsidian as a vault.
  2. Edit the "Note" template to update the options for "context", "type", and "status" to fit your workflow.
  3. Edit the 'Project Note' template to update metadata and content as needed. Remove the explanatory text.
  4. Create three new notes - a standard permanent note, a project, and a fleeting note. See how it prompts you to add a template right away? Choose the correct templates and update the file metadata before writing your notes.
  5. Go through the Dashboard notes. You'll see your new notes listed, as well as the sample notes I added in the vault.
  6. Remove sample / test notes and start actually using it!