3 Ways to Reduce Distraction in Obsidian

Customisability can be a double-edged sword when you just want to sit and write…

Theo Stowell
Obsidian Observer
Published in
4 min readJul 15, 2023

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Sometimes, I find myself tinkering with my Obsidian system and plugins just for the sake of things.

Procrastinating like this means I’m just as ineffective as I would be if I was just watching YouTube or scrolling somewhere else.

However, it’s easy to block distracting websites. It’s less easy to remove yourself from the distracting elements of Obsidian, because they’re right there, in the app that you have to work in.

There are some techniques that I use to make sure that I’m focused on my work when I’m writing in the app, and I’m going to share them in this article. Most of it boils down to being minimal, mindful and intentional when you’re using the app.

Let’s get started…

Simplify your system

It’s nice to have a solution for every eventuality in Obsidian, but this just gives you more to maintain to make sure that your vault is in working order.

It’s hard to focus on your work when your plugins need updating, and then there are new features for you to try out, and now you need to install this companion plugin, and so on.

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Theo Stowell
Obsidian Observer

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