- Chaos of paperwork
- Scotty’s comments about my desk
- Missing deadlines
Cutting Out The Papers
- Only keep papers that really need to be kept, things such as legal documents.
- Scan everything else as soon as you can.
- Don’t try to scan historic papers at first.
- Store the scanned documents in appropriate places as soon as you can.
- Stop printing things.
- Stop scribbing notes on bits of paper.
- Don’t use a flatbed scanner.
- In early December Fraser Speirs tweeted about looking for and then buying a scanner. Got a Canon P-150 over a ScanSnap S1300 because it has TWAIN drivers available.
- Bought a Canon DR-2010M because a desktop scanner suits me fine.
- P-150 replaced by P-215.
- Can also consider the Fuji SnapScan scanners.
- Look out for M-versions. Mac software.
- Canon scanner comes with CaptureOnTouch.
- More paper. Lots of bits.
- Mac, iPad and iPhone.
- Stylus - Wacom Bamboo
- Software -
- One paper notebook.
- Instapaper, Kindle, Evernote.
- Second monitor or an iPad.
- Don’t give them out and don’t accept them.
- Ask people to email you their details.
- Note their Twitter name and send them a message.
- iPhone app suggestions from the chat room.
- Picking an application or applications.
- Evernote and OmniFocus.
- Create a routine of scanning and shredding papers.
- Find and stick with an application or applications.
- Remove Post-Its, pads, etc. Stop writing notes or at least use just one notebook.
- Take it slowly and don’t expect on over-night change. Don’t worry about the backlog for now.