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Use “Scannable” So You Can Live A Paper- Free Life From Now On

Use “Scannable” So You Can Live A Paper- Free Life From Now On

While the digital age is trying to turn most things electronic, we still can’t escape the paper trails we need to keep and file away such as tax forms, business cards, receipts, insurance forms and various instructions or manuals.

The problem with still having papers to keep comes with the gradual pile-up and keeping on top of each document’s relevance over time. Even if you file them in an orderly fashion, they can soon take up space and be a pain to find.

Using a scanner is one solution, but waiting until you can find one available and then having the time-consuming job of organising them into different files can be a frustrating task.

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The App to Help Solve Your Paper Problems

There is a simple solution to avoid your paper and scanning woes and it comes in the form of an app called Scannable. This app is completely free to download and install on your phone allowing you to scan wherever and whenever you like.

The beauty of Scannable is that it links directly to Evernote making it much easier to instantly organise your paper documents. But if Evernote isn’t your go-to organisational platform, it comes with different export features meaning you can email your documents to whatever storage portal you use. Just scan, send and the documents will automatically export as jpeg or PDF.

How Scannable Can Help in Daily Life

One example of how Scannable can make your life much easier is with business cards. If we’re networking, business cards can start to pile up and while they’re useful, we don’t necessarily need then straight away – rather we tend to keep them for future use. Just point your camera, take a snap and Scannable will automatically rotate, crop and adjust the image to make it as clear as possible.

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    With Scannable, you’re not only able to scan the business card as a digital copy, it will also directly connect to the person on Linkedin. This will eliminate even the need for keeping and organising various business cards while giving you the ability to instantly stay connected.

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      You also have the ability to pass on documents to other members of your team. If you think a business card will be of particular use to a client or department, you can digitally send it over to them instead of physically handing it to them when you next see them. Equally, it stops the chance of it collecting dust in the bottom of your draw and being forgotten altogether.

        Not only do you have the option to simply email or text the scan to your recipient, it also allows you to send it via email or text, or export it as PDF and JPG files. This can be done using Evernote or any other app you prefer to use.

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          So having this handy app will not only create physical space and get rid of the need for paper, it will give you peace of mind that everything is saved and organised ready for your future reference.

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          Last Updated on March 23, 2021

          Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

          Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

          One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

          The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

          You need more than time management. You need energy management

          1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

          How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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          I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

          I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

          2. Determine your “peak hours”

          Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

          Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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          My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

          In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

          Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

          3. Block those high-energy hours

          Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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          Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

          If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

          That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

          There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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          Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

          Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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