Discover more about Elizabeth Butler. MD. PhD. Creator of the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management. Parent. Tea drinker. 🫖

About Dr Elizabeth Butler

Hello! I’m Elizabeth Butler, a physician, researcher, working parent, and creator of Calmer Notes: Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) for Busy People.

I’ve spent nearly two decades figuring out how busy people can organize information quickly and effectively. Instead of wasting your time searching for lost knowledge and feeling frustrated with scattered thinking, you can get on with creating great things and solving big problems, while feeling less stressed.

About my background

In my first career, I was a professor and academic researcher.

While completing my PhD, I travelled to libraries and museums around Europe and North America to dig through their dusty archives rooms to solve mysteries a few centuries in the making.

Then I went to medical school.

In my career as a physician, I had to learn how to manage a whole different type of knowledge. Information comes fast and furious in medical training, and you need to adapt quickly so you don’t drown in the firehose of information.

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 with you.

You need help digging out from under the piles of overwhelming information.

You need a solution customized to your busy life.

Let me be your guide

You don't need someone using up your precious time with academic theory, perfectionism, or generalizations that don't apply to you.

You have gifts to share with the world. My job is to help you dig out from underneath information overwhelm so you can get on with accomplishing big things.

My goals are to help you:

  • Analyze the specific challenges and pain points of your current feelings of informational overwhelm
  • Develop a personalized solution to help you get organized
  • Give you the tools you need to maintain your personal knowledge management to get on with living your busy life.


How can I buy Calmer Notes?

Calmer Notes officially launched on December 12, 2021. It's a self-paced course (which includes a digital textbook, companion workbook, and access to an exclusive PKM app database) that gives you a step-by-step framework for crafting your own tailored, mindfully-designed personal knowledge management (PKM) system.

You can head over to CalmerNotes.com to learn more. If you decide this self-paced digital knowledge management course is the right fit for you, you can purchase the course on Gumroad and get instant access.

I know a Dr. Butler! Are you my doctor?

I'm afraid not– Elizabeth Butler is my online alter ego/pen name/alias. I'm a practicing physician, and want to keep this project fully separate from my clinical work. To keep these parts of my life completely distinct and separate, I've borrowed the likeness of a lovely stock photo model (who I've decided I'll vote to play me in the Hallmark biopic of my life 😊) for my online persona.

Do you have a newsletter? Can I follow you on social media?

By all means! You can sign up for the Calmer Notes newsletter in the form below. 👇 I'd love to connect with you on Twitter (@elizabutlermd) or Pinterest (@elizabethbutlermd).

What tools do you use for your site?

I've had some questions about the platforms and tools that I've used to build my site here at ElizabethButlerMD.com and over at CalmerNotes.com. In case you're interested, here's a roundup of my recommended business tools and apps.

Full Disclosure: A few of these links are affiliate links (which means when you click the link to purchase something on this page, it won't cost you any extra but I may get a small commission for recommending it through this link). I've only listed products I personally use and would highly recommend.



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