Monday, March 31, 2014

{Almost} Paperless Organizing: Evernote, Part 3 (Post 5)

I knew that Evernote would take some time to talk about.  This is post #3 and we've barely got into it.

I will continue talking about the tags that I use to mark my notes in Evernote.

Last time I talked about .Tickler File tags, .What tags, and, my favorite, .When tags.

.Where tags
The .Where tags are what David Allen (of Getting Things Done fame) would call context tags.  In other words, where you will be when you need to do this.

.Where tags

@Computer means that this task or project will require me to be at my computer.

@Home means I will do this at home.  (I used to also have an @Errands tag, but I have begun putting my Errands on Wunderlist.)  In a way, I think this tag is kind of unnecessary, but I saw someone else use it, so I thought I'd give it a try.

@Kitchen Again, most likely unneccessary.

@Mama's  This is for when I go see my mom.  I have a few ideas of places to visit.

@Phone  Phone calls.  Self-explanatory.

Out of all of these, I'd say that the @Computer is the one that is most useful to me.

.Who tags
I only have two .who tags:  Family and Gracie.  I only have one note tagged with Gracie.  This set of tags is ideal for people who have outside jobs and do projects with other people.

.Misc tags
These tags are for when you need to tag it with something, but the .What, .When, .Where, and .Who may or may not apply.  These tags are very important.

My .misc tags
Again, the . in front of .misc means that it is a category header only.  I have seven categories under .misc tags.

.correspondence   These are emails written to me.  So far, this is only for the correspondence from the little girls we sponsor through Touch a Life.

.important info  Eventually, I may further subdivide this category.  I know I need to subdivide the notebook that is called Important Info.

.notes  There are three further subcategories:  Church (for sermon notes), Ladies (for notes taken during our Ladies Bible Studies), and Quotes which I haven't even used yet.

.projects This is my favorite new tag.  I came up with these on my own (You saw it here first!).  I have three subcategories:  Big projects, medium projects, and small projects.  Big projects are those that are going to take multiple days to complete.  Medium projects will likely take one day, and small projects take just a few minutes or maybe no more than an hour.  These tags combined with the .when tags (1-Now, 2-Next, etc.) is very useful for effective productivity.  Look below and you'll see what I mean:

From this list of my big projects, I can see that the most important one I need to do is catching up on my checkbook (recording transactions into my financial program).  After that, I can work on organizing my file cabinet, and so on.

I can look at a similar list of medium projects and know which ones are important to do soon and which ones can wait.

.receipts are further subdivided into Not For Taxes, For Taxes, and Photo Biz Receipts.  When I get an electronic receipt, I tag it with one of these tags and then stick it in the appropriate year notebook in my File Cabinet stack.

Eventually, I want to be able to scan receipts and put them in Evernote.  This will hopefully help during tax time.

.recipes  I have a bunch of tags under the heading of .recipes.  Look below for the first division:

.Dish type
  • Appetizers/Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Desserts (further divided into Cakes, Cookies, Misc Desserts, Cupcakes, and Pies)
  • Household Stuff
  • Kids Play
  • Main Dishes (further divided into Beef, Breakfast, Chicken, Main Misc, Pasta, Seafood, and Soups)
  • Mixes
  • Sides (further divided into Breads, Fruits, Potatoes, and Veggies)
There are two subcategories for .Events: Holidays and Potluck.

.Prep Type
Here are the subcategories:  Canning, Crockpot, Easy, Grilled, Make Ahead and Freeze, and Make Ahead Partially.

Tips are for meal tips.

.temp tags  There is just one subcategory: Is in Dropbox.  This is when I thought I was going to use Dropbox to house my recipes.  So, another tag is obsolete.

As you can see, tweaking Evernote to work is an ongoing process; however, it is well worth it!  I love being able to have my brain and more accessible and laid out in such a way that I can make good decisions about prioritizing my projects and tasks.

One final tip
In order to be able to access my most used notebooks and tags, I put them in the shortcuts area of Evernote.

Shortcuts make it easy to find my most used Notebooks and Tags

Fortunately, I can arrange the shortcuts into an order that makes sense to me.

I am currently in the process of emptying my email program of as many saved emails as possible.  I think this is what really sold me on using Evernote.  After watching The Secret Weapon videos that I've mentioned a couple of times, I used their method to work on my inbox.  I was shocked when I wound up with an empty email inbox!  I literally dropped my jaw open.  (It's not currently empty, but I now have a great method to use to get them processed.)

What do you think so far?  Do you think you can now use Evernote to help you go {Almost} Paperless?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Intro to the Series

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Calendars

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote, Part 2

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote, Part 3

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Wunderlist

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  AnyList

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Final Thoughts

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Friday, March 28, 2014

{Almost} Paperless Organizing: Evernote, Part 2 (Post 4)

Welcome back!  Here is my continuing post about Evernote.  Today, I will get into the nitty-gritty of how to really make it sing and dance for you, and that involves using tags.

Main Categories of Tags
I have several main categories of tags:   tickler file, what, when, where, who, and miscellaneous tags.

Main Categories of Tags
You will notice that the note count (the first number) for these tags is 0 and there is another number following.  The second number tells how many subcategories there are for that main tag.  Most of these tags that you see have a . in front of it.  That serves two purposes:  for sorting and also to help me remember that no note should use that tag but a subcategorical tag.

.Tickler File tags
This is more of a work in progress.  I saw where someone else used tickler file tags and kinda of liked the idea, but I haven't really been able to implement it for my own purposes.  In case you don't know, a tickler file is one in which you place documents that you need for a particular day, month, or year.  We used to use tickler files at my former job as a customer service representative for a company who published financial newsletters.  We had a file box that contained 31 folders, one for each day of the month, as well as 12 other folders, one for every month of the year.  Every day, we looked in the file folder for that day of the month and see if anything needed to be done for that day.  On the first day of the month, we would look in the file folder for that new month and would take those documents and put them in the file folder for the particular days of that month.  It's a great system, but at this time I don't really have a use for it.  I may delete the .Month and .Year tags; for now, I will keep them just in case I decide I can use them.

.Holidays tags in the .Tickler File category

However, I did add in a set of tags for Holidays as you can see above.  The numbers refer to the month that the holiday falls in so that they sort in chronological order.  I don't yet have notes for every holiday, but at least I have the setup ready.  I already have 13 notes pertaining Easter; soon, I will look at those notes and see what activities I can do with my daughter.

.What tags
Several of these tags were recommended by other people (.Active Project, .Future Project, and .Inactive Project) but I have not found a practical use for myself at this time.

The .What tags
Even though I do have notes in Ideas and Reference, I am not convinced that I need those particular tags because I have notebooks that contain my ideas and reference material.

I do use the Read/Review tag for items that I would like to . . . well, read and review . . . at some time.

I know what you're thinking.  You're thinking, ok, so when are you going to tell me about tags that you DO use and that you DO find useful?  That's the next one coming up!

.When tags (my favorite)
If you are familiar with the Getting Things Done concept of time management (David Allen), you will recognize some of the tags found here.  I do recommend reading his book and other books that utilize his method.  It's very practical and provides a great method for thinking about tasks and projects.

Before I get into my .when tags, let me say that I think these are the most important tags to use to help you be more productive.  If a note has any kind of time significance to it, be sure to tag it with a .when tag.

Here are my when tags:

My .When tags
! Daily  (The ! is used to put this at the top) -- when I first started using tags, I used ! Daily to mark items that I wanted to look at every day.  I have since switched to using Wunderlist for my recurring tasks, so I do not need this one.  I know, I should delete it and quit talking about it. Moving on...

! Ongoing.  Umm, don't use anymore.  Nothing to see here.

! Weekly.  I do kind of use this.  Even though it says 3 notes, the only one is use is my cheat sheet for meal planning which reminds me where to find the recipes I will choose for the following week's meals.

1-Now   Ahhh!  Here we go.  1-Now are for items that are utmost in getting done NOW.  (Incidentally, writing blog posts is not marked 1-Now but serves as a great procrastinator.)  Last week, I had "Get stuff together for taxes" which I thankfully deleted once I delivered our stuff to our accountant.

1a-This Week  I use this for the recipes that I am making this week.  I needed a way to indicate that they are planned for somewhere between 1-Now and 2-Next and this works out fine.

2-Next  After I finish the 1-Now tasks or projects or if I'm looking for something else to do really soon, this is the tag I look under.

Here are some of my 2-Next notes.  Some refer to projects, some refer to random little things that I want or need to do soon, a couple of them are activities with Gracie which may not really be in the near future, but I do want to do.

2b-Waiting  This tag is for notes that need to be acted upon soon, but I'm waiting for someone else to do something so that I can go further with that item.  Three of these items are Honey-Do items.  One is a reminder to get people to get an insurance quote from State Farm and mention my name so that I can earn a $10 gift card.  (No strings attached.)

3-Soon.  These are for items that are a little down the road, perhaps within the next few months.  It may be that I know I do not have the time to do it now, but want to do it soon.

4-Later.  These are for items that I know I want to do, but will have to wait sometime.

5-Someday  These are for items that are some day in the future, but who knows when they can be done.  Want-to-but-don't-hold-your-breath.

The nice thing about these tags is that over time you can review the items with particular tags and change them to a different .when.  For example, in my Memphis Things to Do Notebook, I have 17 different things listed.  See the screenshot below:

Most of these are places that I will go to with Gracie.  We recently visited the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum with some friends and wanted to ride the downtown trolley, but the trolley line was closed down due to a fire incident.  I have marked those two items as 2-Next because I want to go there before any of the other places.   3-Soon are for places that I know I can visit soon without too much trouble. (By the way, in case you're wondering, the cemetery one is to scout out for a photoshoot location.)  Since spring has arrived and the weather is nicer, I can see where I can change some of the tags on these (the Zoo, for example).

6- . . . umm, where did it go?  Hmmm....obviously, I deleted it, but I don't remember what it said.

7-Weekend  I saw where someone used this to indicate tasks that were to be done on a weekend.  I haven't used this and I probably won't.

8-Did This.  To date, once I've completed something, I've deleted it from Evernote.  I'll keep it in case I want to keep notes for something I did.

That's enough for one post.  I'll continue talking about the .Where, .Who, and .Misc tags in the next post (or two).

Do you see how useful the tags are for time management and setting priorities?  What else can you think of to add?

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Intro to the Series

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Calendars

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote, Part 2

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote, Part 3

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Wunderlist

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  AnyList

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Final Thoughts

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

{Almost} Paperless Organizing: Evernote (Post 3)

Today, I will talk about the app Evernote.  Evernote is an app that can be used with multiple devices including iOS and Android, Windows and Mac.

I first began using it a couple of years ago and though it was nice, but I didn't get a better understanding on how to use it until a few weeks ago when I read an ebook called Paperless Home Organization: How to Create A Digital Home Management Binder by Mystie Winckler. Then I had an epiphany of sorts when I viewed a series of videos on a free website called The Secret Weapon.

First, for what purpose do I use Evernote?

I use Evernote to store information that I can access whenever I am connected to the internet -- or even offline using my favorite devices.

Here is a list of some things that I have stored in Evernote:
  • Recipes
  • Receipts
  • Tasks (non-reoccurring)
  • Project information
  • Ideas
  • Someday/Maybe lists
  • Notes (e.g. Sermons, seminars, books)
  • How to....
  • Quotes
  • Restaurant reviews
  • Inventories
  • Blog ideas
  • Honey-Do lists
  • Travel ideas
  • Activity ideas

There are two things to remember about Evernote:
  1. Indiviual notes are stored in Notebooks (and Notebooks can be combined into Stacks).
  2. Notes can be tagged.  This feature is what makes it extremely usable.

How do I use Evernote?

There are several ways to get a note into Evernote.  One way is to simply add a new note and start typing away.  If you are using Evernote on your phone or tablet, you can also put a photo in your note.  If you use Thunderbird for email like I do, you can download an add-on which allows you to easily forward your email to your Evernote account.  If you don't have the add-on, or if you use a different email program, you can email anything to your Evernote account using a special email address that Evernote provides for you.

All new notes are stored in ! Inbox by default and are later transferred to a Notebook.

By default, I have all of my notes go to a notebook that I have named "! Inbox."  The ! in the name is a way of making sure it stays at the top of the list of Notebooks.  Every day (sometimes several times a day), I spend time doing two things to each note in my Inbox:  First I tag it (more about tags later) with as many tags as is appropriate.  Secondly, I send it to a notebook.

How do I retrieve my notes?
I can do a search for certain keywords, and Evernote will give me a list of notes, notebooks, tags, etc. that contain the keywords that I type in.  If I remember which notebook the note is found in, I can look in that notebook.  By default, I view Evernote using the "Top List" view, but there are several different options available.  You use what works for you.  If I remember that it has a certain tag, I can click on the tag and view all of the notes with that tag and look for it there.

What kind of Notebooks do I have?
This screenshot shows the Notebooks and Stacks (stacks are groups of notebooks under one category) that I use.

There are some people who store all of their notes in just two or three notebooks.  As you can see, I utilize a few more than that.  This is just how my brain works.

I can already see from looking at this list of notebooks that I have some changing I need to do.  The empty notebooks should be deleted, and I just realized that there are some notes that need to go in another notebook.

One note about the Recipes.  I have tried so many different things to organize my recipes.  I have had photo albums with index cards (mine is still somewhere, I just need to find it!), I have tried using a Recipe app.  I liked it pretty well, but I didn't like the thought that one day the app may become obsolete and how could I transfer the recipes to another usable format.  I decided a while back that I would store all of my recipes as PDF files and put them in my Dropbox folder so that I could access them using any of my iDevices.  Needless to say, the thought of typing or even cutting and pasting into MSWord and converting to PDF was exhausting.  I even made a start at doing that.  However, when I figured out how to use Evernote, I decided that really, I could just store the recipes in Evernote.  The recipe app had a neat feature that allowed me to email the recipes, one at a time, so I emailed each recipe to my Evernote email address.  Done.  Not only am I able to access each of the recipes in Evernote, but I can add in notes of my own (changes to the recipe and ideas for improvement) and share them with others.

In the case of my Recipes to Try, if we do not like the recipe, I can delete it and not worry about it anymore.

Helpful Tip
Here is a tip:  Put a date in the title of your note.  This is helpful for sorting purposes (use YEAR.MONTH.DAY format -- ex: 2014.03.25 for March 25, 2014) and for quickly determining the date associated with that note.

The screenshot above shows correspondence and receipts for donations to Touch a Life, an organization that provides help to needy children around the world.  We sponsor two little girls who live in Honduras.

In my next post, I will talk about using tags in Evernote.  This was the "aha" moment for me when I learned how to include them.

In the meantime, think about how you can use Evernote.  Could you use the same notebooks that I use? Are there other notebooks that would be better for you?  I'd love to hear some of your thoughts.

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Intro to the Series

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Calendars

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote, Part 2

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote, Part 3

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Wunderlist

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  AnyList

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Final Thoughts
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

{Almost} Paperless Organizing: Calendars (Post 2)

Welcome back!

I hope that my last post was helpful to you in learning about what I use to help me go {almost} paperless.

Today, I will talk about my calendars.

The paperless version I use is Google Calendar which I access using the calendar program on my iMac and the calendar apps on my iPhone and iPad.

It is very easy to import these calendars for synching across all devices:  Just tell it in settings to link to your gmail account.

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Above is a screenshot of my week.  You will notice that I have several categories of calendars, each with its own color.  This is very helpful for being able to see just what kinds of things are planned for the day.

Another nice thing about using Google Calendar is that you can link to calendars that other people have developed.  For example, I am linked to my church's activity calendar which shows all of the services, activities, birthdays, and anniversaries in our church.  Also, East Memphis Moms blog has a calendar showing {tons of} activities going on in the Memphis area. I don't show it on my main calendar, but I can get to it via the Window menu in the menu bar.

In general, I try to only put scheduled activities on this calendar, but some of them serve as reminders for "This is going on today; see if you can make it" activities (Storytime at the library, for example).  At the very top of the calendar are items that are "all day" in nature such as birthdays; events that span several days; or "sometime today" such as "Water Day" which means that the water guy will come sometime that day.  Something new to my calendar is the ability to add in travel time.  This is great for visualizing how much time is left in my day.  I just wish they had the option of adding in travel time to get back home!

I don't really like the calendar app that is on my iPhone.  It's not very intuitive, in my opinion.  I don't really use this app very much, so it's not a huge worry for me.  Maybe someday I'll find a new app that I like better, but there's no hurry.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I also use a wall calendar.  My favorite is the 2014 Amy Knapp's Big Grid Family wall calendar: The essential organization and communication tool for the entire family.  This is the fourth year I have used this calendar.  It is awkward to store because it so large, but I really do love this calendar.  Everything goes on the wall calendar from appointments to recording little things that happened that day.  I have also started writing down what we had for supper, so that we can know old the leftovers are in the refrigerator!

Every year, sometime between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, I spend part of an evening transferring information from my old calendar to my new calendar.  It's fun to remember the events of the year and to think about special people whose birthdays I record.

One tip I have for when you receive a new card for an appointment (e.g. dentist and doctor) that doesn't occur until the next calendar year:  I staple the cards to the last page of the calendar.  When I transfer my info, I have it right there to record on the new calendar.

Do you have any tips to add for using either an online or wall calendar?  Can you recommend any calendar apps for me to try?

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Intro to the Series

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Calendars

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote, Part 2

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote, Part 3

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Wunderlist

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  AnyList

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Final Thoughts

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

{Almost} Paperless Organizing (Intro to the Series)

Intro to the Series

I have tried many things over the years to help myself become more organized.  I have made home management binders; I have composed scores of lists; I have set up, organized, and reorganized file cabinets; and I have tried out and utilized a number of computer programs and iPhone/iPad apps.  I really like using old-fashioned pen and paper, but I tend to get bogged down in an overwhelming amount of paper that seems to multiply in the night like rabbits.

Upon reading this article found on Just a Girl and Her Blog: Organizing Your Life: How to go Paperless and Hours to Your Week, I became inspired to find a way to go {almost} paperless.

Two things really jumpstarted my attempts to become {almost} paperless in a way that makes sense to me.  (That is the key to doing almost anything: It has to work for you! )

The first thing is an e-book called Paperless Home Organization: How to Create A Digital Home Management Binder by Mystie Winckler.  This ebook was VERY helpful in giving me ideas on how to set up Evernote, one of my favorite apps.

The second is a free website called The Secret Weapon which contains a series of videos on how to utilize Evernote.  It took a little bit of time to watch them, but it was well worth it to me.  This was the key to making it realize how useful Evernote really can be.

Here is a brief summary of the apps that I use.  In future posts, I will go more indepth in how I use them.

Google Calendar (and my Wall Calendar)

If something has to happen on a particular day or at a particular time, such as an appointment or a scheduled activity, it goes on my Wall Calendar and into Google Calendar.

My favorite wall calendar is the 2014 Amy Knapp's Big Grid Family wall calendar: The essential organization and communication tool for the entire family. I have used other large calendars (such as FlyLady), but this is my favorite.  In fact, I give it to myself for Christmas every year (yes, I even wrap it!), and I enjoy taking an evening before New Year's to transfer important information into my new calendar.  It has large boxes for writing lots of notes and it has a dedicated spot for writing in that day's Dinner Menu (or Supper as we say in the South).

I keep this wall calendar in my kitchen which I can see from my computer desk, but I can't read it from here.  (For quick looks at the date, I look at the beautiful decorative calendar that my husband got me for Christmas.  It hangs right by my desk.  It's too pretty to write on, so I just use it to look at the illustrations and the date.)

I also use Google Calendar which is synced to my Calendar app on my iMac.  I also have my church's calendar for activities and birthdays synced to my Calendar app.  (I just noticed that the icon displays the current date!)

In order to use the Google calendar service, you need to be connected with Google in some way (e.g. have a gmail account).  I highly recommend Google email.  I've used it for years and love it because it keeps out a LOT of spam.  I do have to go into my spam folder every once in a while because it will stick legitimate email in there, but that is an easy check and fix.  I'd rather do that than get all the garbage that I used to in Yahoo mail.


Evernote is the main workhorse for my {almost} paperless life.  This free service is like having your own personal filing cabinet in the internet cloud, accessible from your computer, your phone, and your tablet.  Not only can you access your Evernote using internet, but you can also sync all of your devices together so that if you make any changes, the same note will be accessible on all of them.  If your tablet is not connected to Wi-fi, you can still start a new note and/or access an old note and work on them.  When you get connected again, Evernote will sync everything up.  If it finds some inconsistencies, it will put them all in one note so you can fix it later.

I use Evernote for keeping ideas, digital receipts, recipes, and lots of other information.  In a later post, I will show you how I use it in a way that allows me to use it effectively.  (Hint: the key is in the tags!)


Wunderlist is my To Do manager for recurring tasks.  I love it because I can set up different categories of To-Dos and set due dates.  I'll go more into detail in a future post.


AnyList is an iOS-only app that is my newest favorite app.  I use AnyList mainly as my shopping list app.  This is the best one I have used.  It can sync across several devices.  I put it on my husband's phone so that he can put in items as he thinks of them, and so that when he goes to Sam's, he can know what I need from there.  (Going into Sam's is not my favorite thing to do because it always takes five times longer with a little one in tow.  Another tip:  Use the Click and Pull service at Sam's.  You're welcome.)  Anyway, when I first told him about AnyList, he asked if I were going to use it for Honey-Do lists.  I said, "No, but I can." And so I did.  I'm just waiting for him to notice it.

Quick Password Manager

Quick Password Manager is my password keeper on my iPhone (also available as an iPad app).  It is secure and can be synced via Dropbox.

You have to input either an alphabetic or numerical password to get in, the length of which you choose.  (An earlier version required a four-digit passcode, but they have since changed it to make it more secure.)

If I'm going to record any of my passwords at all, it is in this app.  One day, I will write them down to keep in our safe, but this does a great job.

I won't do a future post on this because it's pretty well self-explanatory, and I have no new tips to give you.


You may have read a previous article or two on Pinterest (here and here), but I can do an update.  I use Pinterest to keep my ideas and inspiration.  The only thing Pinterest does not offer that I need is time:  time to visit everyday for as long as I like and time to actually implement the wonderful ideas that I find!


Cobook (only for Apple products), is my address book app.  Setting it up was not exactly fun (syncing it between my iPhone, Google contacts, iPad, and iMac was a headache and a half, but I finally got it to work), but it is an extremely useful app.  I am able to put contacts in different categories which is very helpful.  I love being able to look up contact information where-ever I am (either on the Cobook app on my iMac or through my phone contacts).

NOTE: I no longer support or use Cobook.  They changed their interface which was not intuitive for me, and they added information from my Facebook friends which I did not want mixed in with people I interact with in real life.  I will do a blog post someday to tell how I now keep up with all my contacts.  (Short story:  iMac Address Book + iCloud + the OS/iOS app Contacts Sync for Google Gmail.)


After Google dropped its Google Reader service (I have written on that subject before), I found the open-source app called Vienna to read my RSS feeds.  It is only for Mac computers.

More Thoughts . . .

I still feel like I am just getting started in trying to go paperless.  I realize that it is an ongoing process that must be kept up.  So far, I have begun using the apps mentioned above.  Eventually, I will begin scanning papers so that I can keep digital copies and toss, I mean recycle (or shred), the original papers.  My shredder just bit the dust a few days ago, and I'm not at the point (time-wise and efficiency-wise) to be able to scan in documents, but I will get there!  Already, I have tossed my household management binder (which was never used that much anyway!).  My desk is still messy, but at least I have a plan to get that taken care of, too!

I still use paper lists.  It helps me to focus on what needs to be done and also to clear my mind.  Sometimes I will write a list that I call "Brain Dump" which is just a list of everything I can think of that needs to be done.  Once it is written down, I feel like I can deal with it.

Well, that should be plenty for you to peruse for now.  I'll start on writing posts about the individual apps soon.  (You do realize that "soon" could mean tomorrow or next fall, right? We'll see!)  In the meantime, post a comment or two on anything you would like for me to address first.

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Intro to the Series

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Calendars

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote, Part 2

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Evernote, Part 3

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Wunderlist

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  AnyList

{Almost} Paperless Organizing:  Final Thoughts

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