I would like to quickly capture an idea without any overhead. That means, I do not want to think about a title or so, just key in a snippet. This note should go either to root or a dedicated folder. At home on the PC, I could add Title and any structural information.
Do you have any hint/workflow to use Obsidian on my mobile that way?
For me this is a huge one!
Like many others, I was switching from Logseq only because of mobile app and this stumbling step annoys the hell out of me every time I use it.
I want to swipe something out of my mind as quickly as possible, and I will have to follow up for a moment anyway next time at the PC.
Please give us a share-ObsidianINBOX target and I will
The Lumberjack plugin was created for this purpose.
Install it and enable it. Then, create a shortcut on your homescreen to the url obsidian://timber. Tap that shortcut to create a new blank note with a UUID title and with the cursor ready to go for you to start typing.
As someone who’s been trying to limit plugins/apps on my smartphone (also Android), I’ve been thinking about exactly this and came up with the following:
Having/Creating a template that has the information needed in it to sort it later
Daily note for me, has the added benefit of inserting the date as a title placeholder (otherwise see ‘Optional’ section below)
Using frontmatter (or not!) to auto-insert the date (double curly brackets), a (semi-)dedicated tag (mine is ‘unsorted’ for now), any information you may need later (I use ‘alias’ and CamelCase type keywords as I later pull up a dataview table and that helps make sense of things, filling this last helps not lose track of your thought)
Mine looks like this:
but you could also have something like
Swipe down to open command palette to either
Open new daily note (if that’s the option you’ve chosen)
Apply template (select as applicable)
Write down what you need
if using the ‘alias’ field the way I do: think-up KeyWords that’ll help remind you what it contains later
this is mostly because I use the Daily Notes version, which creates it into its own folder, and doesn’t require a title per se
otherwise the title is where I’d put that keyword, any word that stands out from what you just typed could do if you’re planning on sorting it short-term
The template can be changed as your needs evolve
The dataview plugin can help you build a list/table to sort later but isn’t necessary (I can share the query I use, I’m hoping to refine it over time)
it’s not a widget, obsidian needs to load, the less it has to load and the faster the device is the faster it’ll be, but you’ll need to hang onto that thought
if you already have a Daily Notes system in place and want to avoid it getting messy, it should save to the root and might end up looking disorganised
Note: I’m using a separate vault on my mobile and laptop.If you have yours synced, this may not be a good option for you.
(My logic: I intend for my mobile vault to be pretty much just a way to capture thoughts, and maybe some task lists that I can carry around more easily/without the distractions my laptop brings with it. My laptop has my main vault, and many sources of distraction/procrastination.)
I’m sorry this is far longer than I’d anticipated, hopefully it might help someone in the same situation we are, for me there being a tag to retrieve the note later is the most needed feature for a ‘thought capturing’ note, or it could get lost very quickly.