By David Goward / A1 Computers And Service
I’ve been trying to go paperless in my office and in my life in general for awhile now. I’ve been having pretty good success at it, but I still find times where I thought I needed to print something or that I have printed something unnecessarily. Well I think I can start to do better. I just got done reading an excellent article and learned some really good ideas and tips.
I had all ready been using Evernote as my main information filing system. I currently use it to store everything I can. I print most of my online receipts to a PDF and then store them in a notebook in Evernote so they can be recalled later if I need to. Evernote supports the scanning of documents and performing OCR (optical character recognition) on them so it recognizes the text and turns the text into a searchable document. Whenever I get a document in the mail that I have to save it gets scanned into Evernote and I can then put the paper into recycling instead of having to store it around the office.
While browsing the web I use to print off the webpages that had great tips, pointers, or answers to really hard tech questions that I didn’t want to lose. Now I print them to a PDF and send them to Evernote. You’ll find you can pretty much print most things to a PDF file and that you really don’t need a paper hard copy. Another thing you can to with Evernote is to clip the whole webpage into Evernote. It stores a copy of the site complete with all links.
I have been E-Mailing receipts or invoices to my customer for awhile now. Most don’t seem to mind not having the paper copy. By E-Mailing the receipt or invoice I am saving more paper by not using an envelope. As an added bonus I get the savings of the postage as well.
By going paperless you’ll find a huge savings around the office or household by not having to buy as much printer ink or toner. Depending on how much printing you do that can add up to a considerable savings. I cut out about $100.00 a year in ink that I can now use towards other expenses.
The article I just got done reading goes way beyond my current use of Evernote. I am going to be following the tips and advice in the article to further my efforts into going paperless and digital. I find my information is better organized and easier to recall now more than it ever was. So take a look at all the great ideas and see what you can do to go paperless. I can guarantee that you won’t look back and be glad you did.
Here’s the article. Give it a look and you’ll find it full of great information to help you have a paperless life.