Here’s a Throwback Thursday for you
- The work and costs involved in using and retaining paper are much higher than being paperless.
I have been personally been working on being paperless for at least 5 years now.
The costs of having paper:
- Disorganized: Paper made me very disorganized, whether it was a messy desk, locker, room, or apartment. The number one thing making me disorganized was paper. Now being closer to paperless, I’m able to be somewhat organized.
- Storage: there are a lot of cost associated with the storage of paper. It can be square footage, shelving, or file cabinets.
- Physical work, physical pain. Having papers has caused me a lot of physical work as well as physical pain. I’ve got papercuts, back pain from too many books, and sliced my foot on a paper cutter. Shock and burn from laser printer. Other health problems with the dusts from paper. Physical work putting furniture together and moving furniture.
- Actual tangible costs of paper, folders, printers, ink, pens, pencils, printing, mailing, recycling, and disposal.
- Paper is harder for people with certain disabilities to use.
- get everything electronically in the 1st place and keep them electronic. Instead of printing important emails, I just save them. I use online banking, online bills, automatic deposits and payments, and insurance statements and download and backup.
- Share my items electronically instead of printing. Such as photos and documents. Sending receipts by email to customers. Use online meetings and share with online storage.
- Scan every paper item I can that is not already in electronic form. This includes receipts, paper bills, and paper notices.
- Use digital photography and only have my best photos printed, or only when someone request one printed.
- Recycle all junk mail, and recycle scanned items that do not need a physical paper copy.
- Request to be taken off junk mail lists and phone book lists:
- Yellow Page optout
- Opt out of pre-screened Credit Card Offers
- Direct Marketing Associations Mail Choices
- Contact companies directly through their web site or sometimes by phone.
- Read newspaper online or a shared copy. Use eBooks instead of paper books.
- Have all of my important public information for my business on my web site.
- Use the notes feature, calendar, reminders, and contacts on my smart phone and computer.
- Older Methods I use to be paperless using marker board and message / plastic letter boards
- Sell the furniture at a low cost after I get rid of enough papers