After moving three times in the last five years, I’ve decided that I hate “stuff.” And I mean the “I will kill you dead” kind of hate, not the “I say hate but really mean love” kind of hate.
After sorting and disposing of a lot of “stuff,” I’ve realized that much of that “stuff” consists of paper. Old magazines, bills, receipts, mementos…a mountain of paper that would have been great as a bonfire, but instead was cluttering up my house.
Maybe I wouldn’t have been so stressed out by all of the paper clutter if it were organized nicely in a file cabinet. I used to be that person, that organized methodical person. If you’re that person, then God bless you. And I mean that without a hint of sarcasm. But me? I’m now the sometimes-I-don’t-even-remember-my-own-name-and-often-don’t-remember-the-reason-I-walked-into-a-room person. That person doesn’t do file cabinets.
But I’ve found a solution.
What makes this really doable for me is that I scan important or semi-important documents into Evernote using an iPhone app called TurboScan. With TurboScan, I don’t need to sit at a scanner and can instead “scan” my paper “stuff” anywhere. Which means that I can save my documents to Evernote while monitoring my boys out of the corner of my eye. Because it’s amazing how quickly fun and games turn into somebody crying.
To learn more about Evernote, check out Michael Hyatt’s Evernote posts. But if you don’t spend much time at a desk, use an app like TurboScan to go paperless, rather than the traditional scanners that he recommends.