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9 Creative Personal Knowledge Management System Examples to Inspire You

Browse through the PKM setups of talented creators to get some inspiration as you build or remodel your own personal knowledge management system.

Elizabeth Butler
Elizabeth Butler
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9 Creative Personal Knowledge Management System Examples to Inspire You
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Browse these examples of personal knowledge management (PKM) system inspiration

When you're in the middle of building your personal knowledge management system, you may find yourself stuck trying to figure out the best way to organize your digital notes. Which note-taking software is best? How can you include reference management? How can you create a streamlined way to organize your files and digital life?

Browse through the PKM setups of the talented creators below to get some inspiration as you build or remodel your own personal knowledge management system.

Martine Ellis

Jerzen Benny for Medisthetic

One Stuttering Mind

Aman Dalal

Brian Jenks

Elizabeth Filips

Shu Omi

Carl Pullein

Marie Poulin

Quick recap of the tools

In case you wanted a list of the tools used above, they are:

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Hi friend! 👋 If you're searching for inspiring examples of personal knowledge management system setups, you might be interested in the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management.

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  • 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 👩⚕️

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Wishing you all the best on your personal knowledge management journey!

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Your guide to the world of note taking and mindful productivity. Creator of the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management. Physician, PhD, parent, tea drinker.


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