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3 Reasons to go Paperless

declutter how to office organizing paperless May 02, 2022

I track all my to-dos on a notepad. And whenever I complete a task, I feel a thrill as I check it off the list. Although, I won't be getting rid of my notepads anytime soon, there are so many other ways to go digital. And there are excellent reasons to do that. If you’re already paperless, then this blog post isn’t for you (and good for you, by the way) but if you’re curious about transitioning from a life filled with paper to one of digital bliss, I’ve got three reasons you should consider making the leap!

1. Going Paperless Saves Space

If you’re always shuffling papers from your desk to a drawer to a filing cabinet, that’s a clear sign you need some digital solutions! We only shuffle things around when they don’t have a home to go back to. If that’s how you handle clutter, maybe it’s because you don’t have enough physical space. Going digital gives you room to breathe. No more storage solutions that expire after a few months, no more papers clogging up your desk or vision. Toss those files into the cloud and feel the ease!

2. Going Paperless is Better for the Environment

Fun fact: going paperless can help reduce CO2 emissions. According to Paperless Productivity, “a tree can only produce, on average, 17 reams of paper, and takes about 100 years to grow… [which] results in around 110 lbs of C02 being released into the atmosphere.” Recycling systems vary depending on where you live, which means the paper you use could end up in a landfill. That's why I always encourage people to sign up for electronic bills! It’s a simple and effective way to use less paper.

3. Going Paperless is More Convenient 

Going paperless not only saves space but time. Digital filing systems like mobile scanning apps help you store things efficiently and access them easily. Need notes you took from a webinar last week or the receipts you saved for tax season? When you use apps to store critical information and documents, you don’t waste time rifling through stacks of loose-leaf paper. It’s all at your fingertips with a couple of clicks!

Now, you might not be convinced to go paperless just yet. That’s understandable because making the transition is no small feat. But imagine the benefits: traveling for work without a bag full of files, finding an urgent document in seconds, walking into your office without piles of paper all over the place. How mentally freeing! Visual clutter affects our motivation, so going paperless can help reduce the background noise and allow you to check off all your to-dos! I challenge you to give it a try today.

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