NOTE: This article has nothing to do with genealogy. If you are looking for genealogy-related information, I suggest you skip this article.
If you have been reading this newsletter for a while, you probably already know that I am a fanatic for going paperless. Life without paper is great! Also, life without paper can save a lot of time and frustration when later trying to locate and retrieve items.
For instance, at this moment I am in a hotel room in Anchorage, Alaska. If I want a document or some other bit of information I saved last week or even last year, I can quickly retrieve it from my paperless filing system, even from here in Alaska. Try doing that with paper! To retrieve anything from paper files when needed, I would need to carry a 4-drawer or larger filing cabinet as my carry-on luggage on the plane!
Aaron Couch published an article on the MakeUseOf web site several years ago that describes the easier ways to convert to a paperless existence. I only found the article today and am impressed with it.
“Paperless – a term that is used quite often now days. But what does it mean? And to what extent does it apply? Certainly we all still use paper to some degree despite the advancements in technology, so how can we go completely paperless?
“Well, the truth is, there will likely always be some form of paper, but the problem doesn’t lie in using paper itself, but instead having awareness for the amount used and methods of which it is being used for.”
He then describes:
- Alternatives To Printing & Paper Notes
- Print To PDF
- Save As WWF, Save A Tree
- Electronically Sign Documents
- Use Your Smartphone For Notes
- Clip Webpages Instead Of Printing Them
- Cutting Down On [Snail] Mail
- Get Your Bank Statements Via Email
- Fill Out Forms Online
- Email Invoices (For Businesses)
- Get Your News & Information Online
- Unsubscribe From Mailing Lists
- Pay Your Bills Online
- Scan Existing & New Documents
- Use A File Organizer, Preferably With OCR
- Sync Your Documents Across All Devices
- Conclusion: Helpful Methods To Adopt
If you would like to simplify your life, start by reading The Future Is Here – Your Guide to Having a Paperless Life Today by Aaron Couch at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/future-guide-paperless-life-today. A related video, How to go Paperless with a Digital Filing System, can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7VJopCHem0 or in the video player below: