I’d love to have NO office, but I do have a home office. Today it is too top-heavy with unfiled papers. OMG, my fault. Didn’t I go “paperless office” three years ago? I am recommitting myself to scanning and e-filing, touching each mail item only once. This helps me be wonderfully organized, and I have offsite storage and instant multiple encrypted copies and not only stored in handy folders but also entirely searchable. If you’re interested, I use Android phone app called MDscan for this, it’s very good (and I upload as PDFs to Gdrive.) I can trash mail right at the post office (from my PO box) and have multiple copies stored before I walk out the door.
How does this save me time? It save me time FINDING things. Instead of digging through 45 folders from 3 years ago to find some receipt, I can either find it easily (hierarchy of folders) or search for it, and bingo. What once took 3 hours to find is reduced to 2 minutes.
Added benefit: peace of mind. Nothing is a flying paper, so nothing flies away / gets lost.
CON: to be fair, the benefits aren’t without bad side. 1) Learning the app and exporting to GDrive and 2) Developing the habit of read-scan-shred, instead of put-on-my-desk-maybe-get-to-it-tomorrow. As with any habit, takes initial discipline. 🙂