I am adopting Andy Matuschak’s taxonomy in his Evergreen note-taking system with several changes, of course.

When I Use a note-writing system, the ultimate goal is to write evergreens. Thus, the most important notes in my system go up a ladder to evolve into permanent notes. However, to maintain organization, several notes that don’t go up this ladder are also necessary. I divide my taxonomy of notes between notes that go up the ladder and those that don’t.



  • Proper noun notes. These notes are not concept-oriented so they cannot be used to build permanent notes.


  • Write a note for each note type.
  • Determine if you need to create your own terms of art for each note type.
  • Information in Three types of notes in Zettelkasten might be redundant. Integrate the two notes.


Matuschak, A. (n.d.). Bridge notes narrowly relate two adjacent terms. Andyʼs Working Notes. Retrieved September 18, 2021, from https://notes.andymatuschak.org/z6eWsRsp4aWrQ8YbyYqsUNLg2g5ZXGcTy9Dpo

Matuschak, A. (n.d.). Taxonomy of note types. Andyʼs Working Notes. Retrieved September 18, 2021, from https://notes.andymatuschak.org/Taxonomy_of_note_types