Andy Matuschak proposed the term
Evergreen Notes to describe a system of note-taking that aspires towards cumulative personal knowledge, rather than simply information capture.
The idea builds off many other note-taking philosophies like Niklas Luhmann's
Zettelkasten method Andy also wrote a good post
Comparing Evergreens vs Zettles, and Sonke Ahren's
How to Take Smart Notes system.
My personal notes system has been heavily influenced by the Evergreening ethos. In both my and on this very website. My notes taxonomy flows from "Seedlings" to "Budding" to "Evergreens"
To help myself internalise some of the main Evergreen principles, I illustrated them out below. These aren't a comprehensive explanation, so I recommend reading the
original source material if this piques your interest.
Evergreen Notes Should Be...
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