I used to hunt the aisles of Office Supply Stores for the most durable notebooks and the smoothest non-bleeding ink pens . Sometimes I would go down each aisle throwing random stuff into my basket because it was on sale two for one or ten for two. But then I got my iPad 2…
I’ve been using my iPad for a couple of months now and even more recently reunited with the iPhone and I’m in sync bliss not to mention the battery and the hard drive on my MacBook Pro don’t have to work as hard from all the third-party apps I’d use to get my iCal to sync to my Google Cal to sync to my Android…
I’ve decided to start moving away from paper as much as I can because paper:
(a) Encourages clutter. My home office is stacked up with file folders of invoices, receipts, and records that span my adult life.
(b) Gets lost. How many times have you had to rewrite something or call a friend to get that phone number that you lost on that random sheet of paper for the second or third time.
(c) Kills trees. I’m no tree-hugger, but I do care about the environment and want to try to decrease my carbon footprint.
(d) Is inefficient. In order to access past notes or pass agendas I have to locate the binder or the notebook that I originally wrote it in. On my Mac products I can go to the “Spotlight,” type in a word and everything that I need pops up in mere seconds.
There is one aspect of paper that I like, which is that paper helps my thought process to slow down. I type much faster than I handwrite. I enjoy using paper when I need to plan something out – draft a project proposal, sketch a scrapbook layout or write a grocery list. It allows me to brainstorm or freewrite AND filter my thoughts at the same time. What I am working on now though is immediately transferring anything written into one of my digital tools – my iPad, my iPhone or my Macbook Pro.
The tool that I like the most is Evernote, which allows me to type anything into my digital system and it automatically syncs to the other devices. Not to mention Evernote is FREE! I’ve also been using Dropbox, which only allows you to read documents. I already process about 500 pages a week as a High School teacher, so outside of work I’m trying not to have to deal with so much paper because frankly paper cuts are the worst cuts! If you’ve “gone digital” would you mind sharing some of your tips/resources?