Going Paperless

Below is a condensed index of my weekly Going Paperless tips that I do in my capacity as Evernote’s Paperless Lifestyle Ambassador. These weekly tips are also available via RSS. Below the index are some supplementary posts I’ve done that may be of interest to folks.

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Going Paperless

Supplementary Posts

14 thoughts on “Going Paperless

  1. Jamie,
    Always look forward to Tuesday(s) knowing you’ll be pushing a new post. I’ve yet to download the new update as I was waiting for the dust to settle. Do you think this version will replace your use of Drafts for quick note taking ?

  2. Jamie,

    Your blog has been a great help to me moving towards a paperless lifestyle. I’m still refining and trying to get it just right but I feel I’m making progress. I just wanted to let you know about two services I’ve been using that have been helping me with this endeavor.

    http://www.wappwolf.com and http://www.filethis.com

    wappwolf does a limited number of things that ifttt does however it does somethings that it doesn’t. For one, it can monitor a dropbox folder and whatever is placed in it can be converted to pdf and automatically loaded to evernote.

    filethis.com monitors my personal accounts such as bank and credit card and downloads statements for me then uploads them to evernote as well.

    Thought you might find these interesting. Thanks again for your work and writing in regard to going paperless.

    Best regards,

    Corey Wright

  3. Hi Jamie,

    I am 100 % paperless at home and at work (I work from home). I find it such much easier to function this way. I would love to join the Evernote Ambassador program but can’t find a link to do so. Can you help?

    1. Hi Kelly, a few years back when Evernote first started their Ambassador program, they used to have a link, but I believe it has been invitation-only for a while now. You can find the main Ambassador page here, if you haven’t seen it yet.

  4. This is one of my New Year’s resolutions. My husband is not completely on board (still likes to read paper books, makes lists on paper, etc) but I’m going to do it as much on my end as possible. A little paper isn’t bad. It’s cutting out the stuff that simply doesn’t have to be there.

    I jokingly say I have a “paper phobia” but with 2 kids ages 8 and 7, it’s kind of a true statement! :)

  5. This is a great and comprehensive list for going paperless. Liberating for me. I can’t wait to implement alot of your ideas. Evernote is my paperless BFF. Thanks for your posts they are a fantastic help!!

  6. Did you try also going paperless with digital signature? i would advise to check it out. Great post! I especially liked “tips on Evernote” – Thanks.

  7. Jamie,

    I’ve been an Evernote user for years to keep track of this and that, but I never tried to use it as anything more than a slightly glorified note taking app. Just this week, I decided to go all-in and try to get myself organized with Evernote as my paperless life hub, and I stumbled across your blog. Thank you for all of the tips and instructions you’ve already posted, and thank you in advance for continuing to post more. I know I’ll be a regular reader.

  8. Jamie, hi

    This is a revelation. I’ve been using Evernote for a couple of years, with it installed and sync’d on all devices.

    I have slowly been going through important documents and scanning them; I take photographs of receipts; screenshot web confirmation pages and more.

    It’s certainly something that needs to become a habit, and I think I’m almost there.

    Your blog has been very welcome in giving me ideas and tips – it’s now bookmarked for regular access.

    Thank you.

  9. Such a great site, Jamie. I’ve been reading posts on your site since I started Evernote a few years ago – well over 4000 notes ago. I’ve recently gotten a Doxie after reading about your mobile paperless office. My daughter loved helping me. Thanks for all the great information.

  10. I am trying to understand the use of post it notes and Moleskin. What am I missing? I am premium user. Been paperless using Evernote for over a year. Why would I consider using products that would cause me have “floating paper” again?

    1. Mitch, I think there are at least three categories where something like this is useful:

      1. Personal preference. Some people prefer paper for some things and scan it only to make searching easier or to have a digital archival copy. I say that I’m going paperless because it is an on-going process for me. One personal example, I still do my baseball scorecards on paper. I’ve tried apps and things, but for me, nothing is quite like having your score book and scratching in the scores with a pencil. (See my post later today.) That said, when the game is over and I’ve completed my scorecard, I scan it into Evernote so that I have a copy that is accessible anywhere.

      2. Circumstance. On a more practical level, I’ve been in meetings where you are not allowed to bring mobile devices or laptops because they are deemed “too distracting.” In these meetings, I’m stuck with scratching out notes on a pad of paper. Circumstance dictates this. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but as a good corporate citizen, I play along. When the meeting is over, I scan the pages into Evernote.

      3. Speed. For some people, it’s a lot faster to jot something down on a Post-It or in a notebook, especially if they don’t have access to a mobile device. But even if they do, some people are more comfortable capturing notes on paper and then scanning in the paper later.

      It all comes down to personal preference. In your case, there may be no need for Post-Its or Moleskine (I don’t use them, either). But I have to continually remind myself that not everyone works the same way that I do, and you’ve got to do what’s most comfortable for you.

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