Going Paperless: What’s in Store for 2014, and What You’d Like to See

This week’s post isn’t so much a paperless tip as a brief preview of things to come in 2014. It is also a request for topics you’d like to see covered next year.

A preview of what’s coming in 2014

January will likely turn out to be a special month, in which I provide a series of posts and tips on getting started going paperless. I’ve done these a few times, but I try to add something new each time, as my own processes evolve. Part of the reason for the “getting started” review in January is that Evernote is planning to host another Paperless Challenge–the third one I’ve been involved with since stepping into the role of Paperless Lifestyle Ambassador. I don’t have all of the details yet, so stay-tuned.

I plan on continuing alternating full posts and “quick tip” posts every other week. In part this is because the quick tips are short and easy for people to use and implement. In part it’s because they don’t take as much time for me to put together, and that allows me to continue to post every week. (It gets hard thinking of new things to write about sometimes.)

For the full posts, I am thinking about trying something new. Every other full post will be on a more advanced topic. This way, people who have moved beyond the basics and are looking for something more will have something to whet their appetites. The monthly schedule would therefore look something like this (assuming an average of 4 posts per month):

  • Full post on some use case that I have used in my efforts to go paperless.
  • Quick tip post #1
  • Full post on some more advanced topic for folks who are ready to do more.
  • Quick tip post #2

Of course, some topic hold more interest for people than others, and that is where you come in. So…

What topics would you like to see in 2014?

I am always interested in getting feedback on the series of posts. If there is a topic you would like to see covered in 2014, leave a suggestion in the comments below, or send me a message at feedback [at] jamietoddrubin [dot] com.

Also, if you have other feedback about the series you’d like to leave, suggestions about things other than topics, complaints, criticisms, or examples of how the series has helped you out, let me hear those as well. I get the feeling that this series of posts is generally popular, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.  So feel free to leave your comments, criticisms, complaints, examples in the comments as well. Or you can email them to the same address as above if you don’t want your comments to be public.

Coming up through the end of this year…

I head on vacation with my family for 3 weeks beginning this Saturday. There are 3 Tuesdays left in the year, and that means 3 more posts. Two of these posts (December 17 and 24) will be “reposts” of the two most popular Going Paperless posts of 2013, for those who might have missed them. This allows me to schedule them ahead of time, and actually enjoy my vacation without having to stress over writing new posts.

The last post of 2013 will appear, appropriately enough, on the last day of 2013 and is a review of all of the posts of 2013, including a listing of the most popular posts of the year.

Thank you

Finally, I want to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to read these posts, and especially to everyone who takes the time to add their comments, or send me email with suggestions, or telling me how the posts have helped. I know that many writers says this, but I have the best readers in the world. Thank you for continuing to read.

If you have a suggestion for a future Going Paperless post, let know me. Send it to me at feedback [at] jamietoddrubin.com. As always, this post and all of my Going Paperless posts is also available on Pinterest.

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  1. Hi Jamie,

    it’s always a pleasure to read your posts. I will definitly participate in the next Going Paperless challenge and I look forward to it.

    With regards to suggestions for new posts, I would be interested in your experience and your detailed process on collecting/scanning/managing your professional expenses (also the billable ones if any) with Evernote.

    Have a nice holiday and keep posting!


  2. Great idea to cover some more advanced stuff next year! I’ve been paperless for a couple of years now myself and while I enjoy reading about your approach and solutions to problems I faced myself, I’m always looking to try new things. For example: I really loved your Daily writing script!
    Next time I have an issue or something I can’t quite figure out (relating to going paperless of course), I’ll be sure to ask your opinion. Who know, it may lead to a topic idea 😉

  3. Hi Jamie,
    Great stuff in 2013! Thank you.
    As a loyal reader, I love the idea of mixing up “getting started” & “advanced” posts. I also appreciate the advanced knowledge of the schedule, so my expectations are inline each week.
    I am looking forward to advancing my paperless process in 2014 and learning more from your valuable insights.
    Enjoy the time with your family & happy holidays!

  4. Jamie, have a guess at what the paperless world will be like in 2020. How will we work then. At my current rate I guess I’ll have 50,000 notes in Evernote – quite daunting! Maybe we all will wear Google glass v5 and save everything experienced each day …

  5. Also second that thought for “advanced” posts mixed in for next year.
    Always a pleasure to read your blog & best wishes for your vacation!

  6. I had an Evernote-related thought a little while ago, before even reading this new post of yours.

    I realized how important it can be to digitize the pages in paper notebooks for safekeeping, and how Evernote would be the perfect filing system for this.

    That way, when you’re organizing your desk and have to temporarily locate a couple of notebooks to the office floor, you won’t lose a year or so of notes when your kitten (who is scheduled to be neutered next week) enters sexual maturity early and pees all over the floor, soaking your notebooks so thoroughly that the ink runs.

    At least it was a good reminder to me that when I take notes on paper I should probably have a regular (weekly) routine set-up to accommodate digitizing my scribblings. These were older notebooks and loose-leaf notes that were ruined, so chance are I didn’t lose anything crucial. But still. (I also lost a monogrammed, canvas attache bag and a copy of the Bill of Rights to the mess.)

  7. I love the idea of the more advanced posts mixed with the others. I’ ve been using EN for almost 2 years now and just became a premium subscriber a few months ago. I really stepped up my use of the program during the earlier “paperless challenge” this year and your posts this year have helped me learn, improve and streamline my use of this great program.

    I can only imagine that the more “advanced” posts in 2014 will help me further refine my use of Evernote.

    My other goal for myself & Evernote in 2014 is to recruit more folks to using the program and making the journey to going paperless. Hopefully you’ll have some tips on how to do that as well.

  8. I’d be really interested to see more about the automation described in the ‘Events’ part of your previous going paperless post (Under ‘Some Thoughts On Note Types’), and how you use other services, e.g. foursquare, to supplement your data gathering.

    I really like the idea of having a timeline view of notes and events. Whilst Evernote can capture all kinds of information, it can’t capture my experience at the time. That part is still stuck in my memory. I could keep a journal, but I never would. If evernote was able to grab places I’ve been from another service, or events from my google calendar, and place them in and around my other evernote notes, it becomes an entirely different beast altogether. Rather than simply seeing a new idea that I input into evernote, suddenly I have an increased ability to recall how I felt at the time, or the previous meetings, days, places or reasons that led me to that idea. It makes it much easier to pick up where I left off.

    “So not only do I know when I started and finished reading a given book, but I also know what else was going on at the time.” – I hope what I wrote makes sense. you put it much more succinctly in your post 🙂

  9. To clarify my goal:
    To have every all pieces of retained information in my life, stored digitally, in a single location.
    Right now I have no obstacles to getting all my papers digital, and all the local information on my computer into evernote. But there are places on the web that are separate from evernote (calendar, photos, to-do manager, MapMyRide, etc)

  10. Keep up the good work in 2014, I have found your blog very helpful and it has been a very big influence if not a strict guide to my going paperless. My biggest problem is getting the rest of my household to cut down on paper. Do you have any advice on how I can get my family (partner and two grown up sons) to go paperless, without boring them with my enthusiasm.

  11. As a loyal reader let me say, “Thanks!” Your posts are some of my favorites as a loyal EN Premium user and align with my personal efforts to integrate EN into my life.
    I like the ideas expressed for 2014 posts “looking ahead” for what the EN world might look like in 2020 (beyond?). This should align well with your interests in SF writing! I would add that somehow combining that futuristic approach with feedback from your readers could lead to a high level “wishlist” for the people at EN. Wouldn’t it be exciting to see the “future” come true!
    Enjoy your family time and thanks for your dedication to writing about EN!


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