Let me be your guide to the world of personal knowledge management.

Hello, friend! I’m Elizabeth Butler, a physician, researcher, working parent, and creator of the Calmer Notes method.

My goal is to help you sort out the best way to organize your knowledge effectively and efficiently... so you can get on with doing great things.

Hello, friend. I'm Elizabeth Butler.

Physician, parent, PhD, entrepreneur, and tea drinker.

Creator of the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management.

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.

“My approach to personal knowledge management? Find what fits-- and leave the rest.”

Meet Elizabeth

About My Journey

Grad School


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.

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.

guide, not a guru.

I've been there.

I’ve been in the trenches of information overload, too. You need help digging out from under the piles of overwhelming information. You need a solution customized to your busy life.

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

You need a practical, actionable strategy that you can actually use in your busy life.

You have gifts to share

with the world.

My job is to help you ditch the information overwhelm...

so you can get on with accomplishing big things.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy the Calmer Notes course?

Head over to the course checkout page to purchase the course and get complete, instant access to all the course materials.

What tools do you use for building your site and blog?

So glad you asked! I've collected a list of my favourite tools over here.

I bought the Calmer Notes course a while ago... how can I access the material again?

First of all-- thanks for being an early adopter! I appreciate your support. 😊

If you accessed the course on Gumroad, there are a couple of ways to access the material:

If you need help finding your course material, please send us a message via the contact page so our support team can help.

Do you offer individual training or one-on-one consulting?

Not at present, but I may offer it down the road... you're welcome to join the wait list to be notified when my VIP consults launch.

I know a Dr. Elizabeth 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 unconnected with 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. 😊

Where can I follow you on social media?

Full disclosure: I'm not on social media much these days, as I'm currently re-evaluating my social media use and taking a bit of a sabbatical from social media. I've been highly inspired by the work of Meg Casebolt of Love at First Search & the Social Slowdown podcast, who I discovered via the lovely Shawn Fink of Brave Yes CEO.

But if you're still interested, you're more than welcome to follow me on Twitter (@elizabutlermd) or Pinterest (@elizabethbutlermd).


Get to know more about Elizabeth

Want to know more about my journey and how I developed Calmer Notes?

You might enjoy some of my recent interviews...

How to build, maintain, and value your PKM setup

Interview with Philipp Temmel of Creativerly

Elizabeth Butler, creator and founder of Calmer Notes, shares insights about her PKM setup, why you can profit from a PKM both professionally and personally, how she built Calmer Notes, and a lot more.

Read the interview >

Elizabeth Butler can help calm your notes

Interview with Bear Notes blog

We introduce you to Elizabeth Butler: a person who is so passionate about taking notes and organizing information, she built a business and course around it.

Read the interview >

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