The Voluntary Life: 115 How To Go Paperless

5 July 2013

115 How To Go Paperless

This episode is about how to go paperless and what the benefits are. Topics covered include:
  • How accumulating paper limits your flexibility and freedom 
  • Simple steps to reduce the paper you accumulate such as using e-billing and e-books.
  • Ways to minimise the paper books you own, such as selling them as soon as you have read them
  • Key tools for digitizing your paper and going paperless: a multipage scanner (such as the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i), a shredder and Evernote
  • Keeping labelling and metadata simple: the three key attributes of date, location and person/organisation
  • Options about where to store digital data: secure encrypted drives vs services like Evernote
  • What to scan and what to simply delete.
A good site for more tips about going paperless is DocumentSnap