Monday, April 7, 2014

{Almost} Paperless: Final Thoughts (Post 8)

I have covered several different apps in this series.  I have decided not to cover some of the apps that I mentioned in my first post, because there's not much I can tell you beyond using those apps in the way they are set up.

You may wonder, after reading the posts on using apps to help with {almost} paperless organizing, "Why are you 'almost' paperless?"  I do use paper for some things for several reasons.  First of all, we still have paper in the house. Secondly, I enjoy writing things down.  Thirdly, it is, after all, still very convenient and useful.

Although I do not use a shopping list on the refrigerator anymore, thanks to my AnyList app, I do write down Kitchen Prep tasks that I need to do.  That can be anything from washing produce and putting in new containers to cooking up bacon for breakfast and a new recipe.  Sometimes it can mean "thaw this meat so we can use it and not eat pizza again."

I also write down my menu plan for the week and post it in the kitchen.  My current template is a full-page table (2 columns, 4 rows) with room to list Main Dishes, Sides, Desserts, Snacks, and Miscellaneous. As I make each item, I write it on my wall calendar, and I put a checkmark beside the dish name on my Menu Planner.  When we completely eat a dish, I cross it out.

I also  jot down things I want to do that are the most important for that day.  I also write down my list of errands so I will not forget any while I'm out.

One of my main purposes to go {almost} paperless is to cut out the excess paper that is floating around in the house.  I keep a paper recycling box under my kitchen table (which is beside my computer desk) and it fills up a lot quicker than you would think.  My four-drawer filing cabinet is quite full, and I'd really love to see it go on a diet

I will be doing several projects this year in my quest to go {almost} paperless.  One is I will be reorganizing my filing cabinet and seeing what I can get rid of either by tossing,  scanning, or typing into Evernote.  I have a 3-in-1 printer/copier/scanner that we bought three years ago with our computer.  The printer quick working after only 1-1/2 years.  I was able to baby it along until I couldn't stand it anymore.  I now have a black and white laser printer which works great!  I kept the all-in-one thing because I knew that I could use the scanner.  I have not used the scanner for any projects yet as it's at the bottom of our entertainment center and that would be some uncomfortable sitting and operating for long periods of time.  One day soon I will ask my husband to get it out for me (only he knows how all the cords are set up in the entertainment center) and I will be able to begin scanning documents and even photos (for another big project).

I read a tip which I thought was pretty brilliant.  If you already own a scanner which uses an SD card and do not see the need to purchase a specialized receipt scanner that will import your scans directly into your computer, you can use an Eye-Fi SD memory card which will transfer your files directly to your computer.  This would save a good amount of time for my projects.

This concludes, for now?, my series on {Almost} Paperless Organizing.  I hope it was helpful to you.  I actually wrote all eight posts in one night, and I'm pretty tired.  I didn't get much done on my Wunderlist tasks, but I still feel the satisfaction of having had a productive day.

I will probably blog updates from time to time.  I'd love to hear how you are doing in your quest to become {almost} paperless.

{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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