Since the creation of the computer and data storage, people have been making every attempt to transition from their cluttered offices full of paper and rooms (or attics) full of file cabinets into a paperless, streamlined and easy to search environment.
As technology has evolved, so has our ability to make the transition into paperless.Whether you have a small office with limited storage or a home full of papers and family records, it is fairly easy today to begin the process of going paperless and storing all of your documents on your computer or online.
Now days, computers are cheap, storage is super inexpensive, and scanners can be found everywhere.
Before we embark in the process of streamline our lives, , let make sure we understand what it means to go paperless, so we have a solid goal in mind. A good definition of a paperless environment can be found at Wikipedia’s Paperless Office ‘s office page follows:
A paperless office is a work environment in which the use of paper is eliminated or greatly reduced. This is done by converting documents and other papers into digital form. Proponents claim that “going paperless” can save money, boost productivity, save space, make documentation and information sharing easier, keep personal information more secure, and help the environment.
The idea that everyone can accomplish the goal of a completely paperless state is, at best, ambitious. However, many of us have reached a state in which paper is not the norm, and when it arrives, we have a process to digitize it, store it and make it accessible.
In this series of articles we will provide tips, tools, processes and resources to make the the journey to a paperless office or home easier.
Going Paperless Series include the following articles:
- Going Paperless Series: Welcome
- Going Paperless at Home/Office: Introduction
- Benefits of Going Paperless
- What To Go Paperless With
- Going Paperless at Home
- Going Paperless at the Office
- Paperless: Selecting a Digital Format
- Going Paperless Means Backups
- The Paperless Paradox
- Going Paperless Flowchart
- Going Paperless: Paper Waste Info Chart
- Going Paperless: Best Practices for Scanning then Shredding Paper Documents