I am a big fan of Tim Ferris. I have almost finished reading his book The 4-Hour work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. I also am a regular reader of his blog.
One of my favorite blog posts of his is: “How to Do The Impossible: Create a Paperless Life, Never Check Voicemail Again, Never Return Another Phone Call…”.
Here’s a quote from his post:
Forget the paperless office — it’s aiming too low.
Let’s take a look at the bigger picture: a paperless life. While we’re at it, let’s also eliminate three other nuisances: answering the phone, checking voicemail, and returning phone calls.
Is this possible? It is. The key to finding means to accomplish the “impossible” is asking the right question: “How would you do ____ for a week if your life depended on it?” Most things considered impossible just haven’t been looked at through the “how” lens of lateral thinking. Here are a few exercise questions for Paperless Life 101:
It’s a really great article and if you have been wishing for a less paper in your life, go check it out. He does mention that the system isn’t perfect, but it gives you some ideas regardless.
What do you think about creating a paperless life?