I just got interviewed by Philipp Temel for Creativerly
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I was delighted and incredibly flattered when Philipp reached out to ask if I'd be willing to do an interview for an issue of Creativerly. He's a great interviewer, with really insightful questions. And if you're curious to know about the story behind Calmer Notes (I always like going behind the scenes of projects myself), I think you'll enjoy this interview.
Here's the interview
Here's the lovely warm intro to the interview, courtesy of Philipp:
Elizabeth Butler has been researching and writing about personal knowledge management for almost two decades. Her career started out in English Literature, went to grad school in that field, completed her PhD and worked as a professor for a time. Besides her work as a professor, Elizabeth always had a major interest in communication, productivity, and knowledge management, which was the reason why she decided to dive into those fields.
After studying for the MCAT, going to medical school, getting married, becoming a mother, the life of Elizabeth became flooded with positive and exciting things, but at the same time, it also was overwhelming and fast-paced. Ultimately, Elizabeth decided to increase her efficiency and get things done with less time and stress. Inspired by creators like Marie Poulin and Steph Smith working on projects while building in public, Elizabeth decide to work on a resource about the topic of personal knowledge management.
The product was Calmer Notes, a super resource for anybody who wants to get into personal knowledge management, focus on goals, identify where your information and notes are scattered, choose the right PKM tool for your needs, and a lot more. It is an honour to welcome Elizabeth Butler as part of Creativerly's interview series. If you want to get insights into how productivity and personal knowledge management enthusiast is structuring and organising notes, managing projects, building in public, and if you want to read about thoughts about the PKM space in general, then I encourage you to read on.
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PS - Feeling inspired by the interview? Organize your digital notes with the Calmer Notes method
Hi friend! 👋 If you're a creative person who would like to create an intentional, mindful, flexible personal knowledge management system that fits your busy life, the Calmer Notes method may be the right fit for you.
I've created Calmer Notes: Personal Knowledge Management for Busy People based on my own two-decade experience of applying personal knowledge management in academia, consulting, and medicine. The Calmer Notes method will take you through the process of creating and maintaining a tailored, mindfully-designed personal knowledge management system to organize your digital notes and files.
This self-paced course (which includes digital book + workbook + PKM app database) is now available for purchase at Gumroad.
If you'd like to learn more, check out an overview of the Calmer Notes approach or visit Calmer Notes. You can also download your free seven-day plan to craft your personal knowledge system when you sign up for my newsletter.
Wishing you all the best on your note taking journey!