Stop the search. Never lose another idea.
The Calmer Notes method will help you craft a tailored, mindful personal knowledge management (PKM) system to organize your digital notes and files.
High-yield, beautifully designed book for self-paced learning
Action-oriented companion workbook
Exclusive access to a database of PKM apps and software
It's time to find a new way to work.
You're a smart, ambitious professional taking on big challenges and doing important work in the world. And you have more ideas than you know what to do with.
You have notes and ideas and research outlines and PDFs and emails scattered across an overwhelming multitude of apps on your laptop, your work PC, and your phone.
Never mind the countless productivity and note-taking web apps you've signed up for then eventually abandoned to leave with virtual cobwebs collecting.
Google Docs, Evernote, Notion, Obsidian, Roam Research, Bear Notes, One Note... You know you have some wonderful ideas tucked away in all those apps, too, but you can't figure out where you saved them.
You don't have time to waste searching down rabbit-holes.
Your time is too valuable to waste on searching for lost ideas and information.
You've spent too many lunch hours and late evenings fruitlessly searching Google and browsing Reddit threads for ideas on how to finally organize your files and notes.
You're tired of spending your time watching productivity YouTube channels, reading Twitter conversations, clicking through Pinterest pins, and browsing random online forums trying to find the perfect way to organize your thoughts, ideas, and files.
You're ready to create a customized personal knowledge management system that helps you accomplish your goals.
Does this sound familiar?
You have files scattered across your work computer, home laptop, iPad, iPhone, plus a bunch saved in different cloud apps– with no way to easily browse or search them
You've got more than one project on the go and feel like you take up way too much time shifting back and forth between projects
You worry that important tasks and ideas are going to fall through the cracks soon
You've tried ten different ways of organizing your file folders– and now you're stuck with a hodge-podge of different systems and apps
You find way too much time reinventing the wheel and searching for files because you can't find where you saved important ideas or documents
You're feeling overwhelmed, tired, and frustrated by your information management workflow
You wish you had a system (like GTD for information management) to stay on top of your notes, research, ideas, and other inputs
You need a more sustainable way to work.
You need a solution that actually works for your busy life.
Imagine if you could:
Quickly find any file or note you've ever made, with ease.
Be able to build on that half-remembered idea you had in a few clicks.
Easily capture your ideas on the go (and be able to find them again instead of letting them sink into the black hole of your phone).
Create a living database of articles, ideas, and documents that you can build on to find and develop new connections.
Organize your thoughts and ideas to gain clarity and save time at home and at work.
Personal Knowledge Management for Busy People
This digital learning bundle (which includes access to an ebook, action-oriented workbook, and PKM app database) gives you a step-by-step framework for designing your own customized personal knowledge management (PKM) system.
What personal knowledge management (PKM) means -- and why busy people need a PKM system to stop feeling overwhelmed 📚
How to identify the existing pieces of your PKM system 🔍
How to choose the right note-taking app that actually works for you (instead of switching apps every few months) 📝
How to design and create a personal knowledge management system that works for the reality of your right-now life 🕰️
Years of hard-won, first-hand knowledge about personal knowledge management I've accumulated after years of completing a PhD, an MD, and working as a physician while parenting 👩⚕️
SNEAK PEEK INTO CONTENTS
Start Where You Are
You won't discard your years of previous hard work. You'll analyze what's working in your current setup. Then you'll identify precisely how and where you can iterate and improve your new system.
Define Your Destination
You're not the same person as your friends or colleagues (or the people you follow on Twitter). So why should your personal knowledge management setup be the same cookie cutter solution?
In this step, you'll get clear and practical on your goals, needs, and constraints. You'll figure out what you need to create a personalized system that actually fits your life.
Draft Your Blueprint
You'll get practical on what types of knowledge you need to organize and design the methodology you'll use to organize it. You'll get clarity on the features that are essential to your success (and which are just nice to have).
This blueprint will help you mindfully select your targeted, curated list of software in the next step.
Select Your Collection of Apps
Using your blueprint from the previous module, you'll mindfully and efficiently choose software and apps that support your individual, considered PKM goals.
You won't feel distracted by the latest and greatest bright-shiny-object. And you won't feel compelled to start over with a new app every week when you've chosen a tech stack that truly meets your priorities.
Design Your Library
This is where everything starts to come together into your custom personal knowledge management system, purpose-built to meet your needs. You'll:
Solidify your mindfully-crafted personal knowledge management system
Choose a cataloguing system and method that works for you (and matches how your mind works)
Start putting your chosen apps to use
How it works
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE CALMER NOTES LEARNING BUNDLE
High-yield, beautifully designed, minimalist, informative ebook
You're a busy person– you don't have time to sit through fluffy videos and tedious screencasts. I don't want you to waste your time impatiently fast-forwarding to find the parts you're actually looking for.
The ebook is mindfully designed to help you get right to the good stuff– and easily refer to it again in the future.
Screencaps and visual diagrams
PDF and EPUB format
This learning bundle is designed to get you thinking, creating, and taking action.
You'll get access to a guided, interactive workbook to help you craft and develop your own personalized PKM solution as you progress through the main ebook.
Download and edit it however works best for you:
Download as Markdown (MD format) you can import into your own note-taking system, including Notion, Bear, Craft, and Obsidian
Download as Word file (DOC format)
Access wherever you are, in whatever format works for you
You don't have to limit your learning to times you can dedicate to sitting in front of a monitor. When you buy the material, you get PDF, EPUB, MD, and DOC files you can sync to any device you like. Access on the go, anytime you have a spare moment.
Browse the course materials on any device:
Your mobile phone
Exclusive access to a database of hand-picked PKM software and apps
Finding "the perfect app" won't fix your PKM challenges. But you also don't want to waste time wrestling with apps that don't actually meet your unique needs and goals.
When you buy the Calmer Notes learning bundle on Gumroad, you'll get exclusive access to a hand-picked, carefully-selected, regularly-updated database of software and apps. Sort it by features and platforms so you can save time by building your PKM system on the right platform, from day one.
Flexible, self-directed learning
You're a busy person. You can't schedule your busy life around live Zoom calls in a different time zone.
Calmer Notes is designed so you can go through the material at your own pace, at a schedule that works for you.
Want to do your own bootcamp in a single free weekend? No problem. Want to pace yourself with one step per week? Sounds good.
About your guide
Hi friend! I'm Elizabeth Butler.
I'm a physician, researcher, working parent, and a personal knowledge management (PKM) expert.
I’ve spent over a decade figuring out how busy people can organize information quickly and effectively.
My goal is to help you spend less time searching for lost information, and to help you stop feeling frustrated with scattered thinking. I want to help you create a personalized, bespoke, tailored PKM system you can get on with creating great things.
In my first career, I was a professor and academic researcher.
While completing my PhD and writing my dissertation, I finessed my system for managing my research materials, articles, teaching material, and academic writing.
Then I went to medical school.
In my career as a doctor, I had to learn how to manage a whole different type of knowledge. Information comes fast and furious in medical training.
I'm also a working parent.
Kids are the ultimate source of both delight and overwhelm. Once I became a parent, I had a whole new load of information, projects, tasks, and reminders that I had to keep straight on top of work projects.
I’ve been in the trenches of information overload, where you are today.
You need help digging out from under the piles of overwhelming information. You need a solution customized to your busy life.
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What people are saying about the Calmer Notes method...
It's time to stop the overwhelm.
The Calmer Notes method helps you craft a mindful personal knowledge management system so you never lose another idea.
Start building your personal knowledge management system today. The Calmer Notes framework will guide you through, step by step, so you'll never feel confused or overwhelmed.
Early adopters (thanks for your support! 😊) get the lowest price.