Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)

Discover how personal knowledge management can help organize your thoughts and simplify your life.
Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)

My perspective on personal knowledge management

Hi friends! I'm Elizabeth Butler, MD, PhD, creator of the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management. I've spent nearly two decades in the field of personal knowledge management. I feel passionately that tailored, sustainable knowledge management systems should feel accessible to everyone, no matter how busy they already are.

I created the Calmer Notes method to provide a trusted, flexible framework to help busy, curious thinkers to create unique, completely tailored information workflows that truly fit their lives.

Here are my blog posts related to the Calmer Notes method and personal knowledge management:

Calmer Notes

Blog posts about the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management

Simplify your note taking with a minimalist personal knowledge management system
Discover how the Calmer Notes method will help you craft a mindful, tailored personal knowledge management system to organize your digital notes.
These 5 key principles of the Calmer Notes method will help you create a sustainable personal knowledge management system
Design a personal knowledge management system that is universal, simple, flexible, delightful, and quick.
How to organize your digital notes with the Calmer Notes method
Discover how to organize your digital notes with the five steps of the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management.
Interview with Elizabeth Butler of Calmer Notes
Go behind the scenes and learn about the creation of the Calmer Notes method for note taking. Elizabeth Butler gets interviewed by Phillipp Temel of Creativerly.

Blog posts about the Calmer Notes method in action

Calmer Notes in Action: Professor, Writer, Academic
Melissa built her personal knowledge management system with Notion and Zotero using the Calmer Notes method.
Calmer Notes in Action: Project Manager, Blogger, Parent
James built his personal knowledge management system with Obsidian, Raindrop, and Readwise using the Calmer Notes method.

Personal knowledge management (PKM)

Blog posts on personal knowledge management

How to build a personal knowledge management system
Build a personal knowledge management system to organize your note taking. This ultimate guide shows you the best software, examples, and setups.
Feeling busy and overwhelmed? Transform your workflow with the power of personal knowledge management
Personal knowledge management (PKM) means having an organized system for the information, documents, and notes you encounter on a daily basis.
How to choose the best note taking method: system first | Elizabeth Butler
End analysis paralysis and avoid bright shiny object syndrome. When you start with your system, not the software, you can build a mindful, deliberate PKM plan based on your goals and outcomes.
The #1 question to ask about personal knowledge management
A true PKM system encompasses more than just notes. Building yourself a customized, mindfully-designed personal knowledge management system means starting with the end in mind.
Why personal knowledge management is like yoga for your mind
Wondering what yoga shares with establishing a mindful personal knowledge management (PKM) system? Here are some insights to reflect upon as you build or refine your own intentional, tailored personal knowledge management system.
Discover the best way to take notes by identifying your personal knowledge management goals
Want to figure out the best note taking approach? Get clear on your personal knowledge management goals first.
Looking for the best note taking app? Start by streamlining your existing notes first
This is the missing key to finding the best note taking app.

Books about personal knowledge management

The best books on personal knowledge management
Here are the best books to help you build a personal knowledge management system. From atomic notes to Zettelkasten, these books will teach you how to build a digital note taking system.

Personal knowledge management courses and training

Organize your notes with these 10 personal knowledge management courses
Looking for a better way to organize your digital notes? These 10 courses will help you create the personal knowledge management system you crave.

Personal knowledge management and self-care

How to get things done when you’re exhausted and tired
Five ways that a personal knowledge management system can help you stay productive even when you have no energy.
3 simple steps to create a relaxing evening routine with personal knowledge management
How to use digital note-taking to create a self-care focused, relaxing, productive evening ritual, using your personal knowledge management system
How to design an effective, resilient note taking system
Learn how to build a flexible note taking workflow and personal knowledge management system: one you can sustain even during busy, overwhelming seasons of life.
Designing for joy: 3 tips to transform your personal knowledge management system
Here’s how you can design your personal knowledge management system for joy (instead of frustration).
Craft an effortless personal knowledge management system: 5 tips
We all want to find a little more ease. Try these 5 tips to craft an effortless personal knowledge base.

Personal knowledge management workflows and examples

9 personal information system examples | Calmer Notes
Browse through the PKM setups of talented creators to get some inspiration as you build or remodel your own personal knowledge management system.
9 (more) personal information system examples | Calmer Notes
If you liked the first part of this series, you’ll enjoy round 2! Browse through the setups of some talented PKM thinkers to get ideas for your own personal knowledge management system.

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