Quick Capture & Notes

One of the core features of Obsibrain is the ability to quickly capture your thoughts, ideas, and fleeting notes. This "Quick Capture" functionality allows you to instantly jot down important information without disrupting your workflow.

What are Fleeting Notes?

Fleeting notes are a term to describe short, temporary notes that capture ideas, thoughts, or tasks as they occur to you in the moment. They are designed to be captured quickly and without disrupting your current workflow, allowing you to preserve valuable insights or reminders before they are forgotten.

You can decide to either review them at a later point or just keep them as "notes"; the structure and content of those fleeting notes are up to you, and you can decide what you want to insert.

Accessing the Quick Capture Interface

To access the Quick Capture interface, you can use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+P (or Ctrl+P on Windows/Linux) and type "new fleeting note" as shown in Screen 1. This will open a dedicated note-taking window where you can quickly type out your thoughts.

Organizing Your Fleeting Notes

The Quick Capture notes you create are stored in the 5-notes folder of your Obsibrain vault.

As shown in Screen 2, each Quick Capture note includes metadata such as the creation date, tags, and related information. This allows you to easily reference and organize your fleeting thoughts and ideas within the broader context of your Obsidian workspace.

Integrating with Your Workflow

The Quick Capture feature in Obsidian is designed to seamlessly integrate with Obsidian's existing features. You can freely do anything you want inside, considering those notes to be the best place to experiment and try new things outside of the "restrictions and guidelines" of Obsidian's template.

By quickly jotting down ideas as they come to you, you can avoid the risk of losing valuable insights or forgetting important tasks.

In order to easily organize your notes and use them later, you can leverage their metadata:

  • Tags: A list of tags that you use throughout your notes (e.g. #recipes, #books, #meetings)

  • Related: A direct link to an Obsidian page, start by typing [[your other note]] to create a bidirectional internal link between this note and your other note.

  • Created: Day on which the notes have been created

Examples of Notes

While Fleeting Notes can be used for various purposes, it's important to note that we had previous requests to implement a mini-CRM or meeting notes functionality within our GTD implementation in Obsidian. However, we prefer to let users decide how to interpret and utilize this section based on their specific needs and workflows. Here are some ideas for the types of notes you could capture using the Fleeting Notes feature:

  • Meeting agendas

  • Contact

  • Quick thoughts to organize later

  • Inspirational quotes

  • Recipes

  • Bookmarks

  • Scientific research

  • etc.

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