The medium method is a system used to combine both paper and digital tools for organization and productivity. While we are increasingly becoming more accustomed to using digital apps to manage our lives, there are still scenarios where paper-based tools are ideal.
There is apparent resistance with some of us when it comes to using paper. But there are merits to using this traditional note-taking/organization medium like higher retention/recall, super-flexible formatting, little to no distractions, and being significantly healthier than screens.
However, paper is not without its drawbacks, but that can be aided with digital tools like Routine. Features like search-ability, mobility, and the ability to back up your activity make having digital tools a real asset in addition to your paper tools.
Traditionally, you'll need 6-7 tools to create and manage your Medium Method flow. However, you'll only need two items (max 3) with Routine since we seamlessly combine your to-do list, calendar, and notes into one powerful app.
The idea is to capture information, organize it, and store it long-term using digital and analog tools.
Here is what you need:
That is essentially the medium method. With this simple flow, you'll be able to combine your paper tools with your digital ones seamlessly.
While the hybrid flow is relatively straightforward, feel free to experiment with different formats and strategies that work best with your schedule. The idea is to have a hybrid approach that is holistic where you get the most out of your notes so that you can search, assess, and use them when you need them.
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Shiva is a subject matter expert in communication, marketing, productivity, and learning systems. He has previously contributed to many blogs and newsletters, including Validated, Mental Models, HackerNoon, and several brands. You can find Shiva on LinkedIn or email him at shiva(at)routine.co.