I enabled the Core plugin for Templates. This allows you to specify a directory of templates - just Markdown files - for when you create new notes.
You get a new button on the left gutter called Insert Template for inserting templated text.
- Create a new file
- Optionally name it
- Click the Insert Template button
When you click this button, Obsidian asks you which template to insert, shows you a searchable list of all of your template files. Pick one and it’s inserted.
The main option is a directory to hold your template text notes. I have named my template directory
_templates_ so the folder pops to the top of my Notes tab. I keep it closed so I barely think about it. I’ve named each template
_Template<topic> so they are differentiated in any file list.
There are a few variables it will evaluate, including inserting the title, date, and time, for customization.
And yes, the Daily Journal plugin is fine with the daily template living in this directory.