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Elizabeth Butler

Personal knowledge management, note taking systems, and mindful productivity

Welcome, friend! 👋 I'm Elizabeth Butler, MD, PhD, creator of the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management. I write about personal knowledge management, note taking systems, and mindful productivity.

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How to build a personal knowledge management system: the ultimate guide

Build a personal knowledge management system to organize your note taking. This ultimate guide shows you the best software, examples, and setups.

How to build a personal knowledge management system: the ultimate guide

Recent Posts

How to use Obsidian Notes: a step-by-step guide

Learn how to organize and link your Markdown notes with the Obsidian Notes app.

How to use Obsidian Notes: a step-by-step guide

Decide once: use this “Lazy Genius” principle to transform your note taking system

Simplify your note taking system with Kendra Adachi's "decide once" strategy.

Decide once: use this “Lazy Genius” principle to transform your note taking system

Looking for the best note taking app? Start by streamlining your existing notes first

This is the missing key to finding the best note taking app.

Looking for the best note taking app? Start by streamlining your existing notes first

Discover the best way to take notes by identifying your personal knowledge management goals

Want to figure out the best note taking approach? Get clear on your personal knowledge management goals first.

Discover the best way to take notes by identifying your personal knowledge management goals

Happy new (school) year: Why September is the perfect time to refresh your personal knowledge management system

Autumn is the perfect time to organize your digital notes and update your personal knowledge management system.

Happy new (school) year: Why September is the perfect time to refresh your personal knowledge management system

Staying connected on a social media sabbatical: how I find interesting people to follow online while on a social media break

Here's how I'm staying up to date with my favourite creators-- without social media.

Staying connected on a social media sabbatical: how I find interesting people to follow online while on a social media break

How to take smart notes: a minimalist approach to effective note taking

Discover if taking smart notes in a minimalist Zettelkasten system is the right fit for you.

How to take smart notes: a minimalist approach to effective note taking

How to copy and paste URLs as plain text into Bear Notes

Change this setting in Bear Notes to paste links as unformatted text from the clipboard.

How to copy and paste URLs as plain text into Bear Notes

The 7 best note taking Reddits, groups, and forums

Get your questions on note taking and personal knowledge management answered in these Reddit groups and online forums.

The 7 best note taking Reddits, groups, and forums

How to build a Zettelkasten in Notion (with examples and templates)

Create a minimalist Zettelkasten system in Notion to organize your notes and ideas.

How to build a Zettelkasten in Notion (with examples and templates)