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PTPL 21: Flip To-Do List Cons Into Pros, and Hiding ALL Obsidian YAML Metadata in Read View

Plus: Shifting to a new tool when needed, and new Apple Mail features you might find useful

PTPL image by Author
  • Using the tool that works for where you are today
  • New Apple Mail features (one good, one not-so)
  • Pros and Cons of keeping a to-do list, and how I turn the negatives into positives
  • How to hide all the metadata in Obsidian front matter in Read view—yes, even the tags

Productivity Inspiration

Productivity Tips

New Apple Mail Features

To do, or not to-do list?

  1. create unnecessary mental pressure that triggers stress and anxiety
  2. don’t allow you to adapt to each day’s unique challenges or demands
  3. ignore the prioritization of tasks based on their actual importance
  4. are easy to overload — which leads to more stress and overwhelm
  1. There’s no anxiety-triggering mental pressure, because I have a backlog file to off-load things I don’t need to focus on in the next week or so.
  2. I adapt to the demands of the day by rearranging the list, or temporarily ignoring it while I get myself together.
  3. Prioritising is easy; I use a keyboard shortcut to shift items up or down the list; into the Waiting section when they need someone else’s input.
  4. As a serial list-overloader, I’m well aware of this pitfall. Once again, that’s where the Backlog file comes in. It safely holds lower priority tasks when my plate is full of more important/urgent ones.

Adventures in Obsidian

Copy Obsidian text as HTML

  1. Copy your Markdown into the left side of this web page, then copy the resulting HTML from the right-hand pane and paste into a new Medium draft
  2. Open your Obsidian note in an app like iA Writer (my favourite) or Ulysses, and export directly to your Medium drafts.

How to hide metadata tags in front matter

.frontmatter-container {
display: none;
  1. Copy the code (minus the triple backticks) into a (plain text) Text Edit document
  2. Save the file as something like hide-metadata.txt
  3. Place it into the snippets folder of your Obsidian vault. (press Command + Shift + period to reveal the .obsidian folder in your vault, in the Finder; the snippets folder is inside it)
  4. Rename the file extension from .txt to .css
  5. Go to Obsidian Settings > Appearance, and scroll down to the CSS snippets section. Look for the snippet you just created, and toggle it on.
Screenshot of Obsidian settings by Author



Productive proclivities for the teacher — and learner — in us all. Look at the wall your ladder leans against and remember that productivity is a vehicle, not a destination.

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Designer and educational publisher for 30 years+. Plain-text advocate. Still using paper, but less of it.