Two extensions that turn Obsidian into a task management powerhouse

My Obsidian App with the Tasks Dashboard in the lower right

I’ve been using Obsidian to take all sorts of notes for work daily. I’ve been using it for a few months now. In creating a solid system for myself, I’ve created an excellent process for handling all my tasks for work.

First, What is Obsidian?

Obsidian is a lightweight note-taking app that markets itself as “Your Second Brain.” And it lives up to the hype. It’s built using Electron, a lightweight app framework that combines Chromium and NodeJs, resulting in a lightning-fast, cross-platform app. What makes the app appealing to many, besides its speed and features, is that you can keep the notes you…

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A rundown of the official Obsidian plugin from Readwise

Example Readwise Note in Obsidian
Example Readwise Note in Obsidian

Readwise has released an official plugin to import your Readwise data into Obsidian. If you’re not using Readwise yet, it’s worth a look. Readwise is one of my favorite iOS apps to come out in a long time. I use it every day. So the possibility of automating the importing of that data into my daily note-taking regimen is big.

What is Readwise?

Simply put, it aggregates all your highlights from your Kindle library, Pocket, Medium, Instapaper, tweets, or even the web, then feeds them back to you in a daily email digest or you can cycle through random highlights…

I created an Obsidian Dataview query to view my latest Readwise highlights daily.

it's been a great week for the Readwise/Obsidian community. Readwise released its official plugin for Obsidian just a couple of days ago, and it has had a great response from users.

I have been thinking about ways I can integrate all this newly available data in my vault into my everyday Obsidian workflow. What better place to do that but in my daily note.

If you are not aware of Readwise or the Readwise Plugin for Obsidian yet, take a quick look at my article, giving a rundown of all the features.

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How I use Obsidian to track my day-to-day.

Screenshot of my daily note
My Daily Note

I’ve spent the last few weeks using Obsidian as my daily note-taking app. With the addition of a mobile app this month, I am now all in on Obsidian. My work notes have centered around my daily notes. They are the home base of each day, and from there, I link out to other notes. In addition, I have some dynamic sections showing past due tasks from previous days and what’s due today. By doing this, I will quickly build out a library of thoughts, documentation, and historical data for my work.

Obsidian Website

I’ve been using Obsidian for a little while now as my daily note-taking app. Over the years, I have used everything from a paper notebook to Evernote to Apple Notes. Obsidian is the first solution that has allowed me to approach my notes as I do anything else on my computer, as a developer.

Obsidian is a new-ish app for note-taking and your notes are simply saved as markdown files. So unlike, Evernote and Apple Notes, it’s just text, not rich text or some arbitrary file format. And the notes are yours. They live on your local drive. …

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I only recently started using Gatsby for my website and as is usually the case, I immediately wanted to make modifications. I used Gatsby Material Starter as my starter site and it includes a folder where you can store markdown files for your blog posts, but I needed to showcase my work as well, as that’s the main purpose of my site. I could have just kept the static HTML of my recent clients from my old site, cut and paste it into the home page template and been done, but since I wanted to learn…

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