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How I Use Obsidian To Take Action On The Content I Consume

I consume a lot of articles, podcasts, and videos each week but I would never take action on this content.

I would read something that sparked an idea for me and think "this is a good idea to try out". Then I'd finish the article, take my notes, and never go back to try out the idea.

It wasn't until I saw this Tweet from Sam Williams that I realized I was missing something:

https://twitter.com/iamsam_williams/status/1520799214086799363

I realized I was missing a system for taking action. After replying to Sam's tweet, I decided to set up a system for this in my Obsidian vault:

https://twitter.com/MishaCreatrix/status/1521086152031281155

This article outlines the current process I've set up in Obsidian for taking action on the content I consume.


The Power-Ups Concept

Essentially, this system is a way for me to track initiatives I want to try based on the inspiration I get from articles I read, videos I watch, and so on.

Some examples of potential initiatives include:

  • Add a section to my weekly note for work I've published
  • Review/audit my Twitter lists to make sure they're up to date
  • Try morning pages

In my current system, I use the term Power-Ups instead of Initiatives.

If you didn't already know I'm a big video game nerd so whenever I can turn something into a game I do. I find it helps to keep me interested and motivated in what I'm doing. It's like my kind of gamification.

In my Obsidian vault, a Power-Up is a task item with #powerup at the end.

Here's what it looks like:

Power Up Item


Power-Ups Note

As I have Power-Ups spread out across my notes, I wanted a way to collect them in one place to view them.

To do this, I created a Power-Ups note that lives in my Life OS directory.

Within this note I have 2 sections:

  1. To Do - For items I want to do
  2. Done - For items I've done

As it turns out, I didn't need any fancy plugins or complicated code snippets to achieve what I wanted. All I needed was an Obsidian query.

Here's the query I used for the To Do items:

tag:#powerup task-todo: "#powerup"
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Here's the query I used for the Done items:

tag:#powerup task-done: "#powerup"
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Here's the end result:

Power Ups Note

You might notice that each query embed is missing the heading section. I used the following CSS code snippet to remove it:

/* Hide the query text */
.internal-query-header-title, .internal-query-header-icon {
    display: none !important;
}
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Weekly Template Power-Up Embed

To keep this list of Power-Ups top of mind, I needed to resurface them on a regular basis.

Checking in with this daily would be too much so I settled for a weekly basis and added a new section to my weekly note.

The Power-Ups section in my weekly note is simply an embed that links to the To Do section of the Power-Ups note.

Here's the code:

Weekly Note Code

Here's the end result:

Weekly Note

Each week I review this list and see which Power-Ups I will try out in the next week or so.


My Key Take Aways

  • If you don't have a system, you're relying on your own mind to remember things. This is a recipe for failure as our minds can only remember so much.
  • Basic Obsidian queries are more powerful than you think. Give it a try before you jump into Dataview or something more complex.
  • Having a habit of regular reflection allows you to check in with yourself, see where you are, and course-correct if you need to.
  • Take time to check in with your systems and tweak them. I honestly had a lot of fun implementing this system and learned a lot about Obsidian in the process.

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This article was originally published over on my website: How I Use Obsidian To Take Action On The Content I Consume

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Andrew Baisden

Cool workflow love using Obsidian.

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