Zettelkasten Formatting Rules

These are the practical rules for writing notes. I try to keep it as lightweight and simple as possible. You can also read the rules of the underlying philosophy.


  • For content, add the date like this: yymmdd-title.md.
  • For navigation, use title.md


Notes are nested max one level deep, in a broad category such as “daily” or “todo” or “org” or “nvc”. This way, files for one project or purpose are grouped together.


Use a # Heading as first line of the file.


Use hashtags like #zettelkasten in text, or add them below the header. (They will be displayed on the side panel)


I publish a part of my zettelkasten as this website using the following metadata:

host: markmarijnissen.com
description: Description as first paragraph and search results (both SEO as well as site search)