This year, I finally did it…I decided on the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i and am going to make the leap to paperless! Using ScanSnap and Evernote Premium, I have begun scanning my filing cabinet. Now, my files are a searchable PDF database stored on the cloud.
In a world of excess, the simplicity and ease of use of this system is very appealing. Staying organized in a instantaneous, fast-paced world with the personal and professional demands of life doesn’t feel realistic without some secret weapons for automation and data-mining. I’ve considered other ways to get things in order (including adoption of Getting Things Done)…this approach seems to be the best of all worlds.
Leaving the analog world can be a daunting task, and I don’t claim I’ll be capable to doing it completely. Of course, I still need to house important original documents and things that don’t lend themselves to scanning with ScanSnap. By and large, most paper will now go to the recycling bin or a “just-in-case” box that gets put in a closet somewhere.
For capture on the go, I find the CamScanner app for iPhone does a pretty nice job! I’m willing to put up with a bottom corner watermark in exchange for a free app that captures, converts to PDF or JPG, and pushes any picture I take into Evernote.
Can’t wait to have all the info and none of the clutter at the touch of a button!