Open Thread: What Paper Are You Stuck With?


We’ve discussed the paperless office before, and some of us have made strides in that direction. This year so far my accumulated office paper makes a stack only about two inches high (primarily contracts and tax documents) – everything else has been scanned and shredded. But still, I seem to be as far from web worker paperless nirvana as ever, thanks to the other paper in my life.

Where is all this paper? For me, it’s grocery lists, phone books I didn’t want, sections of the local dead-tree newspaper I never read, junk mail, and packing slips – among other things. The more of this I shred and recycle, the less I feel like web working is actually helping the planet. So, two questions for you folks this week: What paper are you still stuck with? And what creative solutions have you found for getting rid of it?



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Check it out and download it here:

I do have a one problem with it though. I can’t figure out how to put links into my profile. It’s not that big of a deal though.

What do you think, is Digsby better than Trillian and those other communication programs?


Not sure about your legislation, but our legislation requires that all invoices, receipts, etc be stored in their original form for 7 years. There’s really no point scanning them, then.
Not to mention tax documents, anything else official.
On the subject of working, my staff find it easier to work from a hardcopy spec document:- they pass it around, scribble on it, etc.

Amie Gillingham

What I don’t understand is why, when I buy from a site online, I get a paper catalog (sometimes MULTIPLE catalogs) with my order, plus a glut of catalogs from them selling my info. I mean, hello–I buy from you online. I give you permission to send me bacn that I will on occassion read and act upon. Don’t send me old skool catalogs up the wazzu, too.


It’s mostly paperwork we receive from other people that we never get around to scanning/organizing. But…the paper-free dream lives on!

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