How I Capture Fleeting Notes In Obsidian

Obsidian is not good for taking fleeting notes. Here’s my workflow

Prakash Joshi Pax
4 min readSep 22, 2022


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Obsidian is a game-changer when it comes to note-taking. But one thing that it lacks is the ability to quickly jot down ideas.

You have to switch from what you are doing, open the app, create a new note, and then write your idea. A lot of friction, right?

I’ve tried many methods to take fleeting notes in obsidian. And this is by far the fastest and easiest method to take your fleeting notes.

What are fleeting Notes?

Fleeting notes are the quick ideas that pop up in your head while you are walking or working on your computer or just sitting. They can be simple tasks that you want to remember to do in the future. In simple words, they are everyday thoughts that may help you in some way.

If you don’t capture these ideas, they will go away. And oftentimes, good ideas come at the most unexpected time. Therefore having a system to capture those thoughts and ideas can do magic in your life.

In this article, I’m going to share my workflow that I have finally decided to stick to after a lot of iterations.

Capturing when I’m on Computer

For most of the day, I’m on the computer. I’m working, reading, and writing. Ideas come at the most unexpected moments and to capture those ideas, I use TickTick.

Yes, the to-do app, TickTick. I’ve used almost all productivity tools and settled with TickTick.

One feature that I love about TickTick is the quick add feature.

This allows me to use the keyboard shortcut and quickly capture ideas and tasks. Yes, I don’t have to use my mouse to search for the app, aunch it and then capture my idea.

Use the shortcut and jot down the idea. The idea is stored as a task in TickTick.

At the end of the day when I’m reviewing my day and before planning my next day, I sort out all the ideas.



Prakash Joshi Pax

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