I’ll talk about it more tomorrow, and I mentioned it in one blog posts last week (which you can read here), but one of my biggest goals in 2017 is to go paperless. Going paperless is a big undertaking and I realize this may take a long time, but 2017 will be the year I actually obtain a paperless lifestyle. I believe that there are a lot of benefits, but today I’m sharing 5 reasons I’m going paperless.

5 Reasons to Go Paperless

#1: My house is tiny

I live in a small house. I’m not sure how many square feet are in there, but it’s small. My bedroom is even smaller. I have an L-shaped area that I can walk in and out of, like a runway, but that’s it. The rest of the room has furniture. And binders. And notes. And paper. You get the idea.

#2: I forget things often.

 One of the many (300+) symptoms of my autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s, (a type of thyroid disease) is forgetfulness. When I was younger, I used to deny that I suffered from this, but the truth is that I do. If someone asks me to remind them to do something, they’ll never remember because I’ll forget.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’ll be using Evernote to go paperless, and Evernote has an incredible search feature.

By dumping all my documents into Evernote and organizing them correctly, I’ll be able to bring them up quickly when need them.

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#3: I am always searching for things

If I spent all the time I spend looking for things working on other projects, I’d have a few more books published. Instead of flipping through notebook after notebook, I’ll pull up Evernote and have what I need in a matter of moments. In Evernote, you can even save your searches, which is super convenient for me when it comes to planning novels (like I am right now).

#4: Paperless is portable.

The summer after my junior year of high school, I went on a trip with a friend and her family. Most of what I packed was books. Had I been smart and just taken my e-reader, I would have had a lot more space for clothes or I could have taken a smaller suitcase.

Now, I compile all my book series notes in Evernote. When I’m out in town and get a hint of inspiration, I can easily add it it into Evernote and forget about it.

#5: Paperless allows me to be a better collaborator.

Whether it’s for blogging or if I’m working on edits with my editor, everything goes into Evernote. Physical distance isn’t an issue anymore when you’re paperless. All you need is an internet connection.

I have a blog post template that I use for every blog post, and I share it with contributors.

My word of the year is all about consistency and being organized in a sense. Going paperless is forcing me to go through everything and organize it.