Create Your Own Delicious Slice of Text-Based Productivity in Obsidian—A Step-By-Step Guide
I’ve regained control of my data and my life with a new, more efficient way to capture and find the text that matters
Last month I wrote about how to open channels of communication between Drafts and Obsidian, the two darlings of my digital workflow. While my solution worked, it required some fiddling about and a $40 piece of software to get it up and running. Even with all that in place, it was far from perfect.
You know the type of person who, when visiting a foreign country, uses a phrase book for essential communication rather than learning the language? That’s how I am with coding. I may never be fluent, but I’m happy for my native-speaking friends to teach me how to say dignity-preserving things like, “où sont les toilettes”, and goal-setting phrases such as, “je ne dois pas parler français comme une vache espagnole.”
So I was delighted when Matt Edwards reached out to me on Twitter after reading my jerry-rigged solution for getting Drafts and the Obsidian mobile app to play nicely. His suggestions have caused me to completely changed my approach, giving me the workflow I’d been looking for all along – hooray!
Matt is a freelance Front End Web Developer based in Adelaide, Australia. He knows what he’s doing, and I’m ecstatic with the solution he’s helped me to craft! It works almost exactly the way it used to when Dropbox housed my Obsidian vault.
What Matt suggested looked scary at first, but he helped me through the setup and now my daily note entry machine is purring along smoothly once again.
Step-by-step instructions are coming, but bear with me while I zoom out for a few seconds and look at the big picture.
The Aim: Capture and Find
The crux of an effective notes and productivity system is to make text quick to capture and easy to find. If those were the only two criteria I was interested in, Evernote, Roam, Notejoy or even Apple Notes — all excellent at what they do — would have been enough.