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Calmer Notes: a personal knowledge management course for curious thinkers
If you’re searching for a personal knowledge management course, you’re probably tired of losing files, searching for documents, and feeling generally scattered.
Want the TLDR version? Calmer Notes: Personal Knowledge Management for Busy People was created by Elizabeth Butler, MD, PhD to help creative, idealistic professionals build sustainable, tailored personal knowledge management systems that fit their overscheduled lives.
Read below to learn more, or head over to the course page to enrol.
What is personal knowledge management (PKM)?
The definition of personal knowledge management (PKM) is to have a structured, trusted, reliable system to organize your thoughts, notes, and files. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by digital chaos, and not felt sure where to store a document or file, you’ve felt the lack of a personal knowledge management system.
Who benefits from building a personal knowledge management system?
We all have information that flows into our lives on a daily basis, via email, via text, and via the content we browse on the internet. We all need to figure out a way to organize our Google drives, sort our email, and file our spreadsheets so we can find them again.
People in these fields particularly benefit from having a reliable personal knowledge management system in place:
- Creatives like artists, poets, and designers
- Entrepreneurs and solopreneurs
- Graduate students (masters-level, PhD, and post-docs)
- Professors and adjunct instructors
- Project managers
- Writers (non-fiction and fiction)
If you need to manage information at work, at school, or in your personal life, and you feel overwhelmed by determining the best way to organize and keep track of it all? Building a customized personal knowledge management system will help improve your quality of life on a day-to-day basis.
Why take a personal knowledge management course?
Do you need to take a course to understand personal knowledge management? Absolutely not– there are plenty of blog posts about note taking and personal knowledge management tips to be enjoyed on this blog. If you learn best from video, there’s a host of YouTube videos you can explore on the topic.
But it’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of internet research and spend so much time optimizing and researching so long that you don’t actually get any work done. If you’re exploring the world of personal knowledge management with the goal of simplifying your life, you don’t want research into personal knowledge management to take up more time and effort than it’s saving you.
Taking a personal knowledge management course, like Calmer Notes, will help save you time and give you a framework for building a system, instead of re-inventing the wheel and building everything from the ground up.
About the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management
If you’re searching for a personal knowledge management course to help you build a tailored, custom-designed personal knowledge management system to organize your notes, files, and ideas, the Calmer Notes method may be just what you’ve been looking for.
In the Calmer Notes course, you’ll go through a five-module system to design your own, individualized personal knowledge management system, tailored to fit your life.
Calmer Notes course module overview
- Start Where You Are
- Define Your Destination
- Draft Your Blueprint
- Select Your Apps
- Design Your Library
In Part 2 of the course, you’ll learn a sustainable, five-step method to keep your personal knowledge management system current and up to date (without taking hours out of your week):
Preview the Calmer Notes course interface
This self-paced course is delivered via a high-quality, text-based private learning platform, supplemented with access to diagrams, images, Notion databases, and templates.
Learn more about the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management
Want to dive a bit deeper into the Calmer Notes method? Explore these introductory blog posts to get acquainted:
- Build a minimalist personal knowledge management system with the Calmer Notes method
- How to organize your digital notes: build a personal knowledge management system with the Calmer Notes method
- How a project manager, blogger, and parent built his personal knowledge management system with the Calmer Notes method
- How a professor, writer, and academic built her personal knowledge management system with the Calmer Notes method
- These 5 key principles of the Calmer Notes method will help you create a sustainable personal knowledge management system
About Elizabeth Butler, MD, PhD, creator of the Calmer Notes method
Elizabeth Butler, MD, PhD is a practicing physician, former humanities professor, and working parent. She intentionally designed the Calmer Notes method to be a flexible, tailored framework that provides scaffolding for designing a PKM system without being restrictive or reductive.
Dr. Butler created the Calmer Notes personal knowledge management course to help creative, idealistic professionals build sustainable systems for organizing notes, ideas, and research to help support their busy lives.