Obsidian properties : How to set up a template with dynamic dates

Stéphane Sulikowski
3 min readSep 6, 2023
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Following the launch of Obsidian’s new ‘properties’ feature, I embarked on a journey to optimize my notes to capitalize on this improvement. My first area of focus was naturally my existing templates, where I faced some difficulties in establishing a dynamic date. Let me share how I solved the issue.

What are obsidian properties?

In Obsidian, properties feature as enhanced metadata for your notes, serving a role comparable to that of tags yet equipped with extended functionalities. These properties facilitate the contextualization and categorization of your notes and enable the execution of advanced queries with Dataview. Moreover, Obsidian’s ‘Properties’ feature seamlessly interprets YAML frontmatter, rendering it in a manner that enhances user experience.

It brings a Notion-like experience into the metadata of your notes. Imagine being able to sort your notes by due date, or quickly find all notes related to a specific project. The possibilities are endless, and the control is in your hands.

Default Date in Properties

Now, let’s address the issue I faced: incorporating default dates into templates.



Stéphane Sulikowski

Digital Product/Project Manager, I write about productivity, knowledge management, code and no code | www.suliworld.com | mastodon: @stephane@pkm.social