for creative, idealistic professionals

ditch the overwhelm and simplify your workflow. Browse our current and upcoming course offerings on personal knowledge management for busy people, obsidian notes, and mindful productivity.

current courses

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Calmer Notes: Personal Knowledge Management for Busy People

Note taking and digital file organization

The Calmer Notes method gives you a trusted framework to build your own tailored personal knowledge management (PKM) system to organize your digital notes and files. Feel effortlessly organized. Never lose another idea.



Obsidian for Minimalists: A Practical Introduction to Obsidian Notes for Busy People

a down-to-earth guide to obsidian md

You’re a busy professional juggling competing projects and meetings (to say nothing of your overscheduled personal life). You’ve heard good things about people using Obsidian to be more productive, but you’re not sure where to start. The YouTube tutorials and other courses you’ve browsed are a bit too esoteric for your needs. You don’t have unlimited time to devote to learning Obsidian. You’re looking for a no-fluff, no-nonsense, actionable approach to building a practical, minimalist note taking system in Obsidian to help you organize your busy life.

Future courses

On the horizon | join the wait list to learn when they launch

Quiet Productivity: Sustainable Systems for Busy People

A mindful approach to productivity

You have lots to do– and little time to do it. You’re a master at GTD and Todoist already, and you know that tweaking your keyboard shortcuts isn’t going to make the difference to getting back hours in your day. You’re tired, over-committed, and feel like you’re always running at 110% capacity. You need more margin in your productivity system.

Beyond the Algorithm: Curating an Online Life Without Social Media | Course by Elizabeth Butler, MD, PhD

Beyond the Algorithm: Curating an Online Life Without Social Media

Building a more intentional, calmer digital life

You miss the idea of the early days of the web. Surfing aimlessly, finding fascinating corners of knowledge and creativity that weren’t fed to you by an algorithm. You want to recapture some of that wonder. You’re thinking about taking a social media sabbatical, a social media break, or quitting social media altogether, but you still want to discover engaging content online. You’re not sure where to start.

meet your


Hi! I’m Elizabeth.

elizabeth butler, MD, PhD | creator of the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management

I help creative, idealistic professionals build streamlined note-taking and productivity systems to fit their busy lives.

I’m a physician, a former humanities professor, working parent, and fellow over-scheduled human being.