Save Yourself Hours of Time While Using Obsidian

9 tips to make your workflow more efficient

Prakash Joshi Pax


I’ve been using Obsidian nearly for two years now. In these two years, I’ve experimented tremendously to meet my needs and preferences.

In this article, we’ll dive into Obsidian’s capabilities and add some tips and tricks to harness its power more efficiently.

If you are a beginner, these tips can help you streamline your workflow and automate repetitive tasks.

This way you can spend most of your time writing ideas not fidgeting with the app. These tips will help you create a frictionless workflow, and make using Obsidian 10x easier.

So, let’s dive in.

Configure Your Own Hotkeys

Hotkeys are the holy grail for setting up an efficient system in Obsidian. You can assign a hotkey for most actions in Obsidian.

This can save you a lot of time manually navigating and performing certain actions.

Writing markdown syntaxes can cost you time. Navigating files in your vault can take time.

Set a hotkey for tasks you frequently perform in Obsidian. And it will save you a ton of time.

I use hotkeys for the following functions most often:

  • Toggle checkbox/bullet
  • Hide/show sidebar
  • Reveal file in Explorer
  • Delete file
  • Insert callout
  • Toggle reading/editing view
  • Quick switcher

There are many. It will be a long list if I start writing every single one here. Check out yourself.

Go to settings> hotkeys. There you can search for different actions to assign hotkeys to.

Add Variables and Functions to Your Templates

The Templater plugin is like templates on steroids. Templater lets you insert different variables and functions into your notes. This can be used to automate a lot of writing.

For example, one templater function I use in my daily notes template is to link between the previous day’s note



Prakash Joshi Pax

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