How to Manage Tasks in Obsidian-The Complete Guide

A simple checklist.

Managing projects and tasks in Obsidian may seem odd.

Obsidian is not a task manager, it’s a note-taking application. Why would we manage tasks in Obsidian when there are so many other apps specifically made for managing tasks?

It’s a good question.

I’ve used dozens of to-do apps over the years, but I’ve never found one that really clicked with me. They’re either too simple, which means I can’t effectively plan my projects in the app. Or they’re too complex, and I eventually stop using them because it’s too much of a pain to maintain.

So on a whim, I decided to try to manage my projects in Obsidian.

And surprisingly, I love it. I manage everything in my work and life in Obsidian now, and it works better than any to-do app I’ve ever tried. (including apps that I paid hundreds of dollars for)

Why is Obsidian Great for Projects?

Obsidian is so flexible and versatile, if you want to manage projects and tasks in Obsidian, it has some huge advantages over a traditional task manager. For instance:

  • You can embed tasks in any note, allowing you to organize projects however you like
  • You can link related notes together, allowing you to keep things clean but still accessible
  • You can keep track of your progress via custom dashboards or Daily Notes
  • You can create visualizations in Obsidian that may be hard (or impossible) to do in another tool
  • If you already spend a lot of time in Obsidian, it’s handy to have everything in one place

But there are a couple of downsides as well:

  • Obsidian doesn’t have push notifications
  • Managing tasks effortlessly requires a few community plugins. These plugins are free, but they add some complexity to the process.

If you’re curious about creating a digital bullet journal, or a Life Operating System, setting up tasks in Obsidian might be a great fit for you.

Recommended Plugins for Managing Tasks

If you want to try using tasks in Obsidian, there are a few plugins I recommend:

All four of these are community plugins. Learn how to use community plugins.

Adding Completed Tasks to Daily Notes

Do you use Daily Notes in Obsidian?

I’ve kept an daily journal for over a decade now, and I find it tremendously helpful to look back on the progress I’ve made in life and work.

But a lot gets lost between the lines of my journals. I often write about the progress I’ve made on a project, but as time goes on, I forget the details. One way to add more context to your journals without adding any more effort is to keep a log of your daily to-dos inside the journal.

Best of all, if you’re already using Daily Notes and the tasks plugin, this only requires a single line of code.

You can learn how to do that here: How to Add Tasks to your Daily Notes in Obsidian

Creating a Today view in Obsidian

If your work involves deadlines, or you struggle to keep track of projects within Obsidian, you’re going to love this next tip.

I created a “Today” view in my Obsidian vault, and it automatically generates a plan for me to follow every day. It really frees my mind to focus on important work without having to think about or remember the repetitive work I do. If that sounds interesting to you, see this tip:

Creating a Today View in Obsidian

Managing Projects in Obsidian

Managing tasks is well and good, but how do you handle bigger picture items?

I have a few tricks up my sleeves when it comes to projects. We’ll go through how to track the status of your project, creating custom reports, and much more.

How to Manage Projects in Obsidian

Bonus tip: if you managed projects in Obsidian, it’s super helpful to be able to edit Dataview tables inline, which isn’t available by default. Learn how to edit Dataview tables inline here.

Creating Task Visualizations

One of the reasons I love managing tasks in Obsidian is because I can create custom visualizations that help motivate me and keep me moving forward. I haven’t found any other task management solution that allows for as much customization as Obsidian.

If you want to learn more about that, take a look at this article:

Creating Dynamic Graphs in Obsidian

7 responses to “How to Manage Tasks in Obsidian-The Complete Guide”

  1. Great article thank you. I would add on one more plugin: Reminders to generate alerts.

    1. Good point Carriolan! I found the Reminders plugin didn’t work well for my use-cases, that’s why I created the Today view ( which acts like a more customizable reminders plugin. But for some things, especially the most important things you do, the Reminders plugin is great.

  2. Fellow Obisian geek here 🙂. Push notifications/reminders from Obsidian is a critical need especially across devices. Reminders plugin is ok, but doesn’t solve this problem. Imagine a world where you can create a task in any obsidian note and have a reminder pop up on your iPhone (oooh yeah)

    1. Hey Alex! I agree, it would be super helpful. Unfortunately I imagine it’s a challenge on mobile (Reminders does solve the problem on desktop, but reminders are also less helpful on desktop)

      I’ve been meaning to look into a couple of workarounds that have popped up lately, but I haven’t made the time yet. For now, my Today view (linked above) and an external calendar is my workaround.

  3. Hello! I’d also like to add Tasks Calendar Unwrapped. The plugin has you add an “” where all your catch-all tasks go. In that note, you input where its due etc.

    1. Hi Kathy! Do you mean the Tasks Calendar Wrapper? That does look nice! I’ll have to give it a shot.

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