Multiple Obsidian Daily Note Folders in One Vault?

I’m currently using one vault for Obsidian. I use the daily note feature to log work items. I’d like to have a separate daily note for personal notes/journaling. Is it possible to do this in one vault? I don’t see how.

Or would I need to setup two separate vaults: Work and Personal, In order to have two separate daily notes? MacSparky today suggested you could definitely do it in one vault but I don’t see how.

Thanks

I was considering doing the same!

You can totally go the two vault route (it’s probably the safest way) but if you really want to keep one vault (I certainly do) I think you could.

Here’s what I thought. Add this line to your daily note template:

[[Personal Daily Notes/{{date:yyyy-MM-DD}}|Today's Personal Note]]

Note that this approach will result in this:

  1. It will create a Personal Daily Notes folder on which you have your Personal DNs saved;
  2. Every file will have its own 2022-01-21 format (courtesy of the template plugin);
  3. It will only create the personal note if clicked from the link on the “Work Daily Note” (this can be a problem on non-work days).

The final item can be worked around by making the Personal DN the default and inserting a link to create the Work DN… but that will result in the DN hotkey to be tied to the personal, not the work DN. Personally, I rather have a shortcut to my Work DN as I refer to it so many times during the day.

EDIT: to fix the curly bracket pointed by @anon41602260, thanks!

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I think this is a very clever situation.

But, if you flip the circumstances and use the daily notes for personal entries, include your line in the daily note template, and make it

[[Work Daily Notes /{{date:yyyy-MM-DD}}|Today's Work Note]]

Then, since you “always” have a personal note, you invoke creation of the less common workday daily note from the personal note instead of the other way around.

(BTW, you had too many right-hand curly brackets in your posted suggestion.)

I haven’t tested this – so YMMV

Another option is to use the “Templater” community plugin and create a template that can be invoked from the sidebar or the command popover (⌘P) to create work note as needed.

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Yeah, I thought about this flip, but in the end I gave up because of the DN shortcut:

I need to navigate to the daily work note very often… so I guess I’ll keep it that way.

Will take a deeper look at Templater, as I’m sure that can enable a lot more than I’m used to with the Core Plugin. Thanks!