5 Tips for Long-Term Use of Obsidian

Esteban Thilliez
The Obsidianist
Published in
5 min readSep 27, 2023

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I’ve been using Obsidian for over two years now, and I have to admit that there have been some ups and downs along the way (which isn’t over yet!). In particular, big changes in the way I work, or new features integrated into Obsidian that have made me rethink the structure of my Obsidian Vault and the content of my notes. And it’s bound to happen to you too, because I don’t think it’s possible to have something that will work perfectly for you for years at a time.

With thousands of notes now, I’ve had to find some tricks so that I don’t have to change everything overnight if I ever want to do things differently. That’s what I’m going to share with you today.

Don’t be a perfectionist

First thing, and one of the most important: don’t be a perfectionist. I tend to be one too often, and I think it’s a bad character trait, even more so when it’s linked to Obsidian.

There’s no point in always wanting to have perfect notes, with the same structure, the same properties, etc… It’s not tenable in the long term, unless you find the right templates for your notes at the first attempt that you’re going to keep all the time.

In the beginning, as soon as I changed a note template, I modified all my old notes so that they corresponded to that template. Now I’ve got too many…

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Esteban Thilliez
The Obsidianist

I’m Esteban, and I enjoy writing about programming, trading, productivity, knowledge management, books, etc! esteban-thilliez.com / contact@esteban-thilliez.com