How to Create Checklists in Obsidian

Obsidian Notes has a myriad of features to streamline your note-taking process, and one of the most practical is the checklist. Whether you’re planning a project, jotting down to-dos, or organizing your thoughts, checklists can be invaluable.

This blog post will guide you through how to create, manage, and make the most out of checklists in Obsidian Notes.

Why Use Checklists?

Stay Organized

Checklists help you keep track of tasks, ideas, or steps in a process, ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks.

Visual Progress

As you tick off items, you get a visual representation of your progress, helping to keep you motivated.

Easy Sorting

Items in a checklist can easily be reordered to prioritize tasks or adjust to changing circumstances.

Create a Basic Checklist

Step 1: Navigate to Your Note

Open Obsidian and go to the note where you want to add a checklist.

Step 2: Use Markdown Syntax

In Markdown, a checklist item is created by typing - [ ] followed by the item description.


- [ ] Buy groceries
- [ ] Walk the dog
obsidian notes checklist

Advanced Checklist Techniques

Nested Checklists

To create sub-tasks, you can indent checklist items using tabs or spaces.


- [ ] Project A
  - [ ] Task 1
  - [ ] Task 2

Tagging and Linking

You can combine checklists with tags (#tag) or links ([[link]]) to add context or connect to other notes.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you’re managing complex projects with many tasks, consider using a dedicated plugin for task management.
  • For recurring tasks, simply uncheck them when they’re due again rather than creating new checklist items.

Checklists in Obsidian Notes are more than just simple to-do lists. They are versatile tools that can help you manage tasks, projects, and ideas effectively. With the techniques covered in this blog post, you should now be well-equipped to make the most of checklists in Obsidian.

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