Evernote Use #26- Going Paperless #50EduEvernote

Two years ago, I got rid of my teacher desk, and last year when I moved into my office, the first thing I did was ask for the giant desk and filing cabinets to be removed. I knew myself. If I had places to put things (like in desk drawers or filing cabinets), things would pile up and my work space would be cluttered.

In any given day, I have several papers that come my way:

leave request forms

absentee reports

discipline notices

field trip requests

transportation itineraries

sub paperwork

meeting agendas

professional development documentation

Without an organization system in place, it would be really easy to be disorganized and my office would certainly be a disaster. However, my office looks the same today as it did the first day of school, and I love walking into it every day.

My paperless office system is pretty simple and all it takes is a scanner and an Evernote account:

1. If I get a paper that I need to keep, I scan it with my Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner and save it as a PDF.

2. When I scan the note, it is saved directly to Evernote.

3. I put the note in a specific notebook (depending on the document) and tag it accordingly.

4. I then add reminders if needed. For instance, for leave request forms, I set a reminder for two days prior to the absence to make sure we have a substitute assigned to cover the class.

That’s it!

Having a paperless office is very liberating for me and I feel more creative when I’m organized. Whenever I walk in, my office is neat and clean, and I’m not instantly defeated by piles of things I need to do.

If your office or classroom isn’t as neat and organized as you’d like, consider reducing your piles of paper with Evernote. It works for me!

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