How I Use Obsidian To Take Action On The Content I Consume

How I get even more from the content I consume

Michelle Mac


I consume a lot of articles, podcasts, and videos each week but I would never take action on this content.

I would read something that sparked an idea for me and think “this is a good idea to try out”. Then I’d finish the article, take my notes, and never go back to try out the idea.

It wasn’t until I saw this Tweet from Sam Williams that I realized I was missing something:

I realized I was missing a system for taking action. After replying to Sam’s tweet, I decided to set up a system for this in my Obsidian vault:

This article outlines the current process I’ve set up in Obsidian for taking action on the content I consume.

The Power-Ups Concept

Essentially, this system is a way for me to track initiatives I want to try based on the inspiration I get from articles I read, videos I watch, and so on.

Some examples of potential initiatives include:

  • Add a section to my weekly note for work I’ve published
  • Review/audit my Twitter lists to make sure they’re up to date
  • Try morning pages

In my current system, I use the term Power-Ups instead of Initiatives.

If you didn’t already know I’m a big video game nerd so whenever I can turn something into a game I do. I find it helps to keep me interested and motivated in what I’m doing. It’s like my kind of gamification.

In my Obsidian vault, a Power-Up is a task item with #powerup at the end.



Michelle Mac

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