Obsidian: Daily Usage Habits

I will share my daily use of Obsidian.

Current configuration:

  • Theme: minimal
  • Plugins: Dataview, etc. It is not meaningful to list them, and I will elaborate on their usage later.

The purpose of installing plugins is mainly to improve efficiency rather than aesthetics, which has gradually become a basic principle. Another principle is to minimize the disruption of Markdown formatting, otherwise the migration cost will be too high.

Over the past year of use, I have inevitably opened Obsidian every day. What do I use it for? You can first take a look at the folder structure:


  • Inbox: Create first, then classify
    • Inbox
  • Diary and Weekly Journal: Daily records and planning
    • Daily
    • Weekly
  • Books, Movies, Podcasts: Input
    • Reading
    • Film
    • Podcast
  • Drawing: Sketches, mind maps, flowcharts
    • Excalidraw
    • MindMap
  • Articles: Output
    • Essay
  • Knowledge Cards: Worthwhile knowledge to record
    • Card
  • Excerpts: Excerpts from articles, quotes
    • Excerpt
    • Dialogue

As you can see, my daily input, output, and even schedule planning can all be done in Obsidian.

  1. Page organization structure of Obsidian: The left side is for folders and recently viewed files, making it easy to switch files quickly. The middle is the editing and viewing area. The right side is for calendars, schedules, and partial relationship diagrams, making it easy to switch logs, browse schedules, and understand the relationship between the current document and other documents.
  2. Every night, I usually create a Daily document for the next day to make a simple plan for tomorrow. The next day, I can implement the plan and record intermittent diaries in the corresponding document. Intermittent diaries are the focus of my daily records, which will link time and events together. This has been introduced in previous articles and will be elaborated on later, so I won't go into detail here.
  3. When recording daily activities, I may have some inputs, such as starting to read a book titled "Book Title". At this time, a double-linked file [[Book Title]] will appear in my Daily document, and I can quickly create a file in Inbox using the Hover Editor plugin and archive it to Reading at the appropriate time. The same goes for movies, podcasts, excerpts, and so on.
  4. For more specific dimensions, I use tags for management. For example, if I have an idea, I will add the idea tag in my intermittent diaries. I use tags like to read and to watch a lot, as well as tags that categorize content. This allows me to quickly locate content in a certain category later. For example, if I want to retrieve recent reading lists, I can use the to read tag.
  5. Regarding output, in addition to the flow-style outputs like intermittent diaries, there are also theme-based outputs. One type is knowledge cards. I use a fixed template, including my own summary, knowledge consensus, and sources. Finally, they are presented in the form of cards for easy review. Another type is thematic articles. For fragmented ideas, I will mark them with the to write tag, and for more complete ideas, I will record them in a writing board. There is also an extension of excerpted content, which can be imported through plugins. I use the callout tag to mark them while reading, and output them as cards for easy review of my own thoughts.

This is the overall usage habit. I will elaborate on specific scenarios in the future, including how to use it and what plugins or shortcuts are used.

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