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5/30/22

Todoist+Obsidian = best task & note system

If you have read any of my past posts, you'd know I was a big fan of Amplenote. However just recently I found myself getting very frustrated with it, and ultimately decided to leave Amplenote, blog post explaining why here. This was not easy, as I really enjoyed my time researching and using Amplenote, and thought it was the all in one solution where my tasks and notes could live. This is actually a clue to why I am leaving.

If you notice in a previous post, I said Amplenote is the best task+note system. However this post title, I make the distinction to say that Todoist plus Obsidian makes the best task AND note system. Amplenote, while admirable for trying, just couldn't cut it when it came to being both. I realized I needed a dedicated knowledge management system AND a dedicated task management system.

This current post is going to detail why I am using Todoist and Obsidian instead.

Overall benefits

I realized after testing this new system out for a week, I actually enjoy having my tasks and notes separated. I thought I needed them together, but the separation actually helps me focus just on getting just tasks done, or conversely just writing.

Benefits to Todoist

UI is fantastic! The icons of the buttons when adding or editing a tasks are very easy to visualize or pick out, enabling you to quickly move through this UI without any friction. Easy to understand where you are at in the app, whether it be you Inbox, a project, or a subtask. Speaking of subtasks, they are done very well! Also, you can make comments on a task, and it notifies the other user if commented or assigned. Really powerful. Here are some screenshots to illustrate the functionality of the app:

Desktop app is really well done!

Quickly add a task from this really nice widget
Schedule it

Move it to a project
Or if adding to a shared project, assign it to someone


Benefits to Obsidian

  • You can either search for note titles (shortcut Ctrl+O), or an exact and comprehensive search (Ctrl+F), which means you can ingest a lot of information and dump all your files in a massive folder without trying to organize, as the search or backlinking will enable you to quickly find what you need. This also enables atomizing subjects and notes.
  • Fantastic for longform writing, researching, backlinking and knowledge management. 
  • Local file control
  • The heavy focus on backlinks and and mentions means the graph view enables you to visualize connections and trends. This leads to greater connections and at the top level, MOCs.
  • Easy to sync to your devices via Syncthing
  • Able to modify to your liking with plugins
  • Full featured mobile app
I have seen Logseq recommended instead of Obsidian, and maybe I will play around with it. But for now I know how to use Obsidian, plus I haven't ever been a fan of outliner apps like Workflowy or Dynalist, and that is what Logseq is. Plus they're in beta and their Android app is a hideous green. 

Conclusion

I am not fighting the apps to do something they're not good at. Having a task app that is fantastic at what it's designed for, plus very well executed collaboration functionality, and having my valuable notes in an app targeted for knowledge management under my control and backup has made my job interfacing with both parts of my life a lot more seamless and relaxing.

I might eventually make a separate blog post about my Obsidian setup, but I am still tweaking it.

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