Sunday, April 19, 2015

Paperless

I have been accumulating a pile of paper documents and do not know what to do with them. There is a nice hanging file drawer next to my desk. But this pile of paper documents won't fit there.

So, I decided to go paperless. Using my iPhone and a software program named "Doc Scan", I have learned how to digitize a paper document. Then, I found a software program called "EverNote", which is supposed to allow a user to store digitized documents in a flexible way. Search for documents, etc.

Now, here's the thing. It usually takes me a lot of time to get over the learning curve to be able to use a new piece of software. The amount of time required to get software under my belt is the reason that I am blogging to you today.

Is time more valuable as I get older?
I've been trying to figure out this "paperless project" for a couple of days. It has been my experience that it has always taken me a considerable amount of hours to learn new computer stuff. That's just the way it is. No getting around it.

But I am now in my 78th year of life. And I do not think so lightly about time anymore as I used to do when I was younger. It has occurred to me that I should simply just keep on throwing paper documents on the pile, let them accumulate, and just forget about this paperless project.


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12 comments:

  1. Man, if that was all the paper I had, I sure would not be stewing over it (:^p
    We will never forget, 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.
    Warren

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  2. Totally agree with you on that, George. Once a year, I go thru papers I've 'saved' in files and toss in the trash/shred and ONLY keep those that are permanent ones or the 7 year 'rule' (tax documents, maybe bank statements. Permanent ones are birth certificates or mortgage ones, etc... Have a great day!

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  3. Keep on learning. It exercises the brain. Eventually you'll get it. I am the same way but I do enjoy learning new computer stuff so that might be different then.

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  4. I am 66 and use a scansnap scanner by Fitjitsu that scans my document into Evernote thru my macbook. I save them as a pdf and the program indexes every word on the document so it can be searched.

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    1. Hi Robert,
      Thank you so much for the review and "how-to-do-it".

      George

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    2. Robert,
      I just bought a ScanSnap iX100 !!

      George


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  5. Learning new stuff is good for old brains. I try to stay up with the current technology simply because it makes me think.

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  6. One more thought.
    The other day I read an article about losing your wallet. Suggested you use your cell phone to photograph everything in your wallet. Now if you lose you know just what you lost. Credit cards, drivers license, etc.
    Good idea.
    Plus scan/photo your passport, SS card, Medicare card, and such.
    Us old guys need every edge we can get.
    Cheers
    Ed

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  8. And if something takes to long for my thinking to figure it out I have been known to ask for help from someone who does know how the thing works. :-) It is another choice of how to use time.... But then again on this paper thing. I don't save much to begin with.

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