A New Beginning

I feel a great sense of relief this evening as I sit down to write this. After more than 18 months, my desk is finally clear. Paper had been piling up ever since I upgraded to MacOS Catalina or something like that. At that point, it seemed, my trusty Fujitsu ScanSnap 1300i that I’ve had for nearly 8 years now, stopped working with the OS. I ignored the problem for months, and then, when the pandemic began, I ignored it some more.

Yesterday, however, more out of desperation than anything else, I started searching for replacement scanners, only to discover that the compatibility problem had been resolved. I updated the ScanSnap manager for Big Sur and everything was working again!

That meant I actually had to scan in all of that paper. First, I sorted through it, separating it into stuff that wasn’t worth scanning, and stuff that was. I saw that Evernote had an update, and I updated Evernote, and then I began to scan. I still use the same process, more or less, that I have been using from the start. But I found that in the new Evernote, it took longer to update the meta-data in my notes. Updating the Create Date is tricker, because you can’t type in a date, but have to select from pull-down lists. Updating tags is more cumbersome than it used to be because you can’t just type them in but have to open a popup window first. Minor delays, but annoying, nonetheless.

I got through half of the paper yesterday, shredded that half, and the proceeded to tackle the second half today. Finally, at 5:01 pm Eastern Standard Time, all of the accumulated paper had been scanned, and shredded. My desk was clear, and a great sense of relief washed over me. I can now move onto the other things that I want to work on and check this item off my list. Checking things off lists also provides me with a great sense of relief. 

Coincidentally, it was the second time a great sense of relief washed over me today. The first came just after Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States around noon today.


  1. Not sure if Michael A was amused by your paper clean up or the swearing in of our new president. Me, I’m proud of you and happy we have a new president.

  2. I feel your pain with the updates to Evernote. Everything seems just a tiny bit harder than it was before. I’m sure that a lot of it is just muscle memory, but I wish I could have the old native client back.

    Congrats on the empty desk!

  3. You and I use a lot of the same tools. I’m glad you point out the scanner issue. I haven’t upgraded the machine I scan into in years (there is some firmware problem preventing me from moving this 2012 mac pro into the current era, and I just haven’t had a need to mess with it) Good tip though for when I do update it. I notice in another post you don’t use evernote. What do you use to hold your docs? I’ve been using evernote not as a note taking program, but as a doc store.

      1. Yeah I see that now. I got ahead of myself there. I’ve used Evernote as a doc store for many years, but agree it is not a platform to take notes on. I’m still using a rough bullet journal style in Leuchtturm1917 and I’ve started using RoamResearch to track projects and other GTD things I used to track in Evernote. I’m still figuring that out. I did adopt a large format pen and paper notebook, as I think you do as well, for more journaling like things.


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