Ever handwrite notes and then let them accumulate in stacks? Or go to a conference, gather a bunch of information that you want to save for ‘someday’ but are not actively using now? Or store a bunch of stuff in paper files that you would prefer to be electronic?
I have found two tools recently that help me organize in situations such as these. As always, no kickbacks are coming my way.
- A scanner that is designed only to scan. Not a printer that also scans (and does so slowly while destroying 50% of the pages). I bought the ScanSnap ix1500 for work having really no idea how much it would change my life. (Yes, I could type notes like I’m sure most of you do, but I just like handwriting). It is not cheap, Amazon is currently selling them for $399, but now that I know the value I would strongly consider making the investment just for personal use.
- Evernote. Evernote is software designed to store ‘stuff’ so that it is easy to find (because it is easy to search – if you design it to). I have the free version so far, and I am no expert in it’s use or understanding all that it can do for me, but so far I am really liking it. The relevance here is that I can take a picture (of something like a business card or brochure, or even notes) and save it in Evernote with a title that will allow me to find it again in a search. Done. Recycle the paper, and move on. As long as Evernote exists, I have a copy should I ever want to refer to it.