A STEP-BY-STEP FRAMEWORK TO ORGANIZE YOUR DIGITAL NOTES & FILES
Build a tailored, mindful note taking system using the Calmer Notes method.
The Calmer Notes framework is a step-by-step process for creating a personalized system to organize your notes and files.
HERE'S THE PROBLEM.
It's time to find a new way to work.
You're a smart, creative professional working on interesting projects. 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.
ORGANIZING DIGITAL NOTES AND FILES IS CHALLENGING.
Does this sound familiar?
You might feel like personal knowledge management sounds good in theory... but it hasn't quite worked out in practice so far.
You have notes 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 ideas are going to fall through the cracks soon
You've tried ten different ways of organizing your notes– and now you're stuck with a hodge-podge of different note taking systems and apps
You spend way too much time reinventing the wheel and searching through your files because you can't find where you saved important ideas
You're feeling overwhelmed, tired, and frustrated by your note taking workflow
You wish you had a system (like GTD for note taking) to finally organize your notes once and for all
THERE NEEDS TO BE A BETTER WAY.
You don't have time to spend searching down rabbit-holes.
Your time is too precious 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 notes and ideas.You're ready to create a customized personal knowledge management system to finally organize your notes once and for all.
YOU'RE A BUSY PERSON. YOU NEED A SYSTEM THAT ACTUALLY FITS YOUR REAL LIFE.
You need a more sustainable way to organize your digital notes.
Imagine if you could:
Quickly and easily find any note you've ever taken.
Build on that half-remembered idea from a few months ago 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, both at home and at work.
Calmer Notes for personal knowledge management (PKM)
Calmer Notes is a minimalist, simplified approach to personal knowledge management.
Hello, friends! I’m Elizabeth Butler, a physician, researcher, and working parent.I've spent years figuring out the best ways to manage the overwhelm of digital notes, documents, and information flow.I designed the Calmer Notes method to help busy, creative people craft tailored personal knowledge management (PKM) systems that truly fit their life.With Calmer Notes, you'll follow a step-by-step method to create a streamlined system for organizing your ideas, notes, and documents-- so you can feel more clear, creative, and calm in your professional and personal life.
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
High-yield personal knowledge management strategies I've used to help me complete a PhD, an MD, and work as a physician while parenting