Can You Go Completely Paperless?
I’m not sure I can if I’m completely honest. I love writing things down and having little notebooks and diaries everywhere. As does Olivia too. The amount of paper we go through in our house is shocking, only recently I picked Olivia some new stationary and myself a new diary/planner to help me keep organised with my blog. But honestly, is there a better way? Can you actually go completely paperless?
I am working on building up a small home office in the corner of my kitchen. I have a small computer desk with a PC on meaning there really isn’t a lot of space. There is literally no room for any kind of files, stationary, pens anything. What with the monitor and my coffee cup, because I always have to have coffee when I work. Too many other bits will just make it look messy and cluttered so what can I do to make sure I go completely paperless or as close to it as possible?
I have some great apps on my phone. I have a task organiser, notes app, calculator and more. With proper use this should eliminate my need to keep writing things down. I use the Any Do app which gives me the option to cross things off my list and arrange them in date, time, priority order and can be viewed from my home screen too. No forgetting where I left my diary/organiser if it’s all on my phone is there. Especially handy as I never lose my phone!
For anything more than notes, tasks, appointments etc I have the Microsoft Office app. Blog post idea popped in to my head? No problem, I can flip open the app, jot down some notes and all stored safely until I get chance to type them out. So much easier than having scraps of paper littering the bottom of my handbag which I will most probably forget about and throw away thinking it’s a receipt!
It’s safe to say I get a fair few emails these days. It is very rare that I print things out as I don’t currently have a printer at home however this is one way to keep down paper especially when needing to file documents and invoices. Using online tools like spreadsheet and/or an accounting service will help me out in being more organised without piles of paper all around.
I am currently doing an online creative writing course but there are so many online courses you can do from home such as IDBS. It’s so easy to grab a pen and paper and make notes. However this leads me back to my first point. My desk just isn’t big enough for this and with my tendency to lose things it would make more sense to make use of my apps on my phone or Microsoft Office account. That way I would have the information at my fingertips all the time..
Can you imagine how much money could be saved by not continuously buying new pens, pads etc plus no more frustration at never being able to find a pen when you need one or it running out at the most inconvenient time?
So what do you think? What ways, tips or tricks do you have to help you go paperless? Or are you a full on stationary fan and refuse to part with your pen and paper?