This is a quick note on how I use Obsidian.
Big caveat, I want to use Obsidian more, but I still find a pen and paper todo list more practical for me personally.
- The cool graph that it provides is actually not helpful. It just looks cool.
- It's easy to go crazy on customization and plugins. Explore but don't weigh down the core experience too much
- Get the mobile app if you haven't already
- Vim mode is always a good idea 😄
- If you like Obsidian and want to see it stick around, buy a license and/or use their sync engine. I do both and am happy with the results.
- Obsidian Publish seems cool, but a little pricey
Problems I'm Having
- Input speed is slow compared to something like Neovim
- Bogs down with a lot plugins or a bad behaving theme
- Currently debugging my own setup
Atomic Notes (When Possible)
When I say atomic notes, what I mean is to have notes with as singular focus as possible. Let linking, tags and folders organize your notes instead of having multi-level headers in one document. Obsidian was built on the idea of Zettelkasten. While not a requirement to use Obsidian I recommend at least reading about it.
Notes for each day, week, month, etc. are really great for organizing your thoughts. I do this in both Obsidian and my paper notebook. Something like the Periodic Notes plugin is a must for me.
I like todo checkboxes (
- [ ] and
- [x]). WIth the right set of plugins, Obsidian can be handy todo list.
Link! Link! Link!
Obsidian is best as a linked database of notes. Link out to things with double brackets as much as possible.
Don't go ham on plugins. Just use what you need. I went ham and it really slowed down the editor. It's still not as fast as I would want it to be, but I've got it in a working state for now.