Difference between Evergreen and Zettel

  • Evergreen NotesEvergreen Notes

    Evergreen notes are Andy Matuschak's take on Zettelkasten.

    More modern, digital first
    focuses on 'accumulating knowledge over time' than building connections, or creating ou...
    is very similar to ZettelkastenZettelkasten

    "Zettelkasten" is a method of personal knowledge management used by Niklas Luhmann, a German sociologist.
    It recommends creating independent Atomicity notes so that we can connect them wit...
    , and the core principles are almost the same.
  • Difference
    • Zettelkasten consider literature notes and permanent notes as a tool for building outputs (academic papers, blogs)
    • Evergreen / Digital garden, focuses on knowledge accumulation.


  • Fleet notes are made, so that you won't forget.
  • Literature notes are made, and kept, as a knowledge base.
  • Permanent note summarises multiple lit notes.
  • And that leads to some kind of output.
  • Atomic notes areaccumulated.d.


  • Ideas as written and added to garden. All notes are part of the garden, and has a potential to be evergreen.
  • Notes get modified over time, and 'grows' as you learn more.
  • Notes might change drastically, gets archived or deleted.
  • Knowledge is accumulated.


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