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Research is a big part of life. Even if it isn’t a part of your job, you will still have times in life where collecting information on a topic can give you an advantage in making decisions or preparing for your next move. In my own life, I research new tools, work concepts, topics for …

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Are you app paralyzed? Too many bells and whistles to get things done? You’re not alone.

You’d think that as tech advanced, old ways of doing things would fall out of use. But that hasn’t been the case with writing by hand. Writing by hand with a digital device (sounds like an oxymoron, but it isn’t) is popular. In a world where digital tools have out-moded our organization tools of the …

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I think this is huge. Not only will we be able to finally add our sticky notes to our iPhone in form of a widget, no, I think there’s more behind this.

When a business is small or just starting out, the employees can get away with working in isolation with different productivity and planning tools, and even different ways of looking at conditions of the business. Although these situations aren’t ideal, the downsides don’t show as much until the organization grows or becomes more complex.

With iPadOS14 there is also a major update coming to the Apple Pencil Kit, called Scribble. This will allow you to write with your Apple Pencil into any text field on your iPad in any app!

I tested loads of screen protectors (and tempered glass) on my iPad Air, iPad Pro 12.9 and iPhones. Either, most of them were very bad to put on (could not avoid air bubbles) or they reduced the responsiveness of my, input resulting in bad user experience. But finally, I found THE matte screen protector that rules them all. PaperLike!

It’s time, to tell the truth. Are you still using “password” as the password for important accounts? How about your initials and birth year, or some other piece of info someone could glean from your social media posts? If you’re still leaning on one of these tactics to remember your logins, you’re not alone. Most …

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How to adapt your home, life, and schedule for working at home

If you’re navigating a busy life, (and who isn’t these days?) you need some kind of a system to plan and organize your tasks and events.

Traditionally, paper planners have been the tool of choice when it comes to planning and staying on track. They offer calendars and spaces to take notes, at minimum. And they get more fancy from there, including color-coding and stickers to help further organize a multifaceted schedule.

Paper has been a major part of work life since we traded the horse and plow for business attire. When it came to productivity, the person who had a good system for mastering the stacks and piles of paper was the most productive worker.

But the master of the “day planner” is at a disadvantage when it comes to productivity in the workplace of today.

If you’re working in an office that runs primarily on paper, you’re at a disadvantage. And that disadvantage will only get worse as time goes by. As companies convert to paperless processes, it will get more difficult for paper-only offices to keep up the pace. 

Thanks to the effectiveness and efficiency of paperless technology, the competition will have more efficient processes, better customer service, quicker communication, faster document processing, more efficient billing, and on and on and on. 

You might remember that I was showing you the MyScript handwriting calculator app back in 2018 on YouTube.

Just recently Microsoft published a free app, that can do even more!

Watch the video to learn more.

In today’s world, life moves fast.

We all seem to be searching for better ways to get things done so we can have more time and still be productive.

When we decide to focus on increasing productivity, there are two other words we need to consider to help us get the most out of optimizing our performance.

These words are effectiveness and efficiency.

I spend a lot of time thinking about the ways that paperless technology affects my life and the lives of my friends inside the Paperless Movement. Going paperless affects our home life through less clutter and better organization, and it affects our work life through better security and increased productivity. These areas are easy for …

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If you like to take handwritten notes on a tablet, then this post is for you!
We will look at the best note-taking apps for your iPad using an Apple Pencil or any other stylus that you prefer to use.

The ability to live a paperless life is becoming easier and more convenient every year.

We’re surrounded by digital tools and technology that make living paperless easier than using paper.

Are you looking for the iPad that is right for YOU? Then look no further as I compare all of them in this post.

Productivity is a popular topic in the Paperless Movement community. We love productivity methods, systems, tools, hacks, and apps.

There’s a lot of information out there about how to become more productive, and a lot of it has to do with adding MORE to our already busy lives. For example: learning a new system, buying a new book, or getting another app.

What if there was a way to become more productive with less?

This is where minimalism comes in.

Digital bullet journals are a great way to organize your life and get control of your workflow.
Using a well-designed digital bullet journal with a note-taking app gives your digital journal the functionality it needs to truly be something that has the power to change how you run your daily life.
The question of which bullet journal to use and which note-taking app to pair it with can get confusing. No one wants to invest in several versions of each to find out what works best.

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

You’re up with the dawn, ready to start another day. You have a huge to-do list with some really important items on it that you have to get done.
You rush around all day, barely stopping for a bite of lunch. Then, when your workday is finally over, you realize there are still important items on your list you didn’t finish.
But how can that be? You rushed around like crazy all day. You wasted no time. How is it possible the most important things on your list didn’t get done?
Feeling tired and defeated, you decide there just aren’t enough hours in a day.

The new Fujitsu Scansnap iX1500 scanner is the successor to the long-time favorite ix500, which has had little competition until now. That is until recently when a company from Houston, Texas reached out to me to review their new Raven Scanner. Is this scanner a worthy competitor?

Where Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft Stand in the Clean Energy Revolution.

The other day I had a rude awakening. I realized just how vulnerable I am: how vulnerable we all are, really.

Ask any business person what their biggest frustration is, and chances are you’ll find email at the top of their list. Receiving and processing email can add a huge burden to an already overstuffed day.

In my day job, I receive up to 100 emails per day. This adds up to 500 emails per week and 2000 emails per month. Just imagine having this in your physical mailbox. Insane, right?

If you’re familiar with traditional bullet journals, you know that they’re a popular and effective way to plan your workflow and your personal schedule. They are also flexible enough to provide a space to map out ideas and keep personal notes. While keeping a traditional handwritten bullet journal can be effective and fun, you can …

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At paperlessmovement.com, I spend a lot of time reviewing note-taking apps with handwriting capabilities, screen protectors to give you a great handwriting feel, and styluses to write with.
But what about when you just really need to type something?

Here a review of GoodNotes 5 vs Notability vs Noteshelf 2

Every day in the paperless community, we hear about new technology that promises to make our lives easier and more efficient.

Much of this tech is specifically created to bring efficiency to the classroom and enrich the learning experience.

I constantly talk about note-taking apps on iOS and the iPad Pro, so it was a logical consequence to test the Galaxy Note 9 for my community. Bad idea!

Members of the Paperless Community often ask me what my go-to apps are. Today I’d like to highlight one of my favorites—an app that I use almost every day: Calculator2 by MyScript.
MyScript is the maker of the handwriting app, Nebo. What makes Nebo such a great app is the unique handwriting recognition algorithm it uses. Calculator2 follows in Nebo’s footsteps.

So, how does Microsoft stack up when it comes to note-taking apps? If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m not a fan of Microsoft OneNote for a couple of reasons.
First you have to log in to use it. Second, you only have OneDrive to synchronize.
However, the latest update from Microsoft has provided another option for taking notes by hand. Microsoft has added handwriting capability to their Office apps.

The handwriting capabilities of Evernote are very limited. Hence a note-taking app that can sync to Evernote would be really useful. And we are in luck, there are three note-taking apps that can deliver. However, let’s see which one you should pick.

On this website, I talk a lot about note-taking apps and going paperless.

However, apps aren’t the only things I review.

Today I will cover something equally important to your paperless note-taking success. I’m going to talk about the hardware side of note-taking on your iPad Pro or the new iPad 2018.

I will tell you about all of the things I’ve tested, what you really have to look for when you’re choosing hardware for note-taking, and what I’m using to take my notes.

When you visit my website, you’ll notice that I keep a list of my picks for the top three note-taking apps to use with your iPad and Apple Pencil.

For a long time that list has consisted of GoodNotes, Noteshelf 2, and Notes Plus.

Plastics play a huge part in modern life. Without plastics, we wouldn’t have the technologies, innovations, or comforts that we enjoy and benefit from.

Plastics are a major part of our electronic devices too. If we didn’t have plastic for cases and components, our tablets, phones, and computers would be made completely from metals, leaving us with tech that would be impractical, heavy, and prone to overheating.

Plastics are versatile, inexpensive, lightweight, strong, durable, and corrosion-resistant. They have high thermal and electrical insulation properties, making them perfect for our modern-day gadgets.

Because plastics are so versatile, they can be used to make a variety of products that save energy, help advance technology, and improve the lives of people around the world.

As you know, the #PaperlessMovement is all about going paperless, paperless note-taking and productivity. Today I think it is time to talk a little bit more about the hardware side of note-taking. I will tell you my personal opinion about those alternative styluses that are offered by Wacom and Adonit you can buy instead of an Apple Pencil. I tested them for 6 months and came to a brutally honest conclusion.

Energy is an amazing resource that has made our lives safer, easier, and more comfortable. Energy fuels our transportation and our tech devices heats our homes and cleans our water, powers lifesaving innovations, and so much more.

Here I will show you 10 hidden features in Notes Plus you might didn’t know they even exist. Notes Plus has so much to offer, that it might be overwhelming for some of you to get the hang of it. However, there are even more features than you might found at the first look. In my text here, there are even more things than I actually covered in the video, so it is worth to read this too. If you have any questions or if you know any features that I did not include, just let me know in the forum! You will help us, the paperless community, to grow even faster!

As tech gets better, laptops seem to get smaller, lighter, and faster. This makes it easier than ever to bring one along to a business meeting to take notes. But are they welcome?

The general consensus in company culture is, no.

A quick online search will bring up articles and debates about proper note taking etiquette in business meetings. And the etiquette guides say laptops in meetings are a no-go.

The more we rely on our computers, tablets, and phones to communicate, do our work, and collaborate with others, the more we see areas where we could use a good app.

Apps help us solve problems in our work and daily lives by focusing on a specific function, and doing it exceptionally well.

An app like a ToDoist or Things 3, which both are all-around scheduling and task management tools, can help you keep all of your projects and appointments neatly organized. It’s just two examples of the many highly useful apps people download and use every day to make going paperless easy.

Apps are cloud compatible, cost-effective, portable, and easy to sync across all of your devices.
And as more and more business apps become available, you’ll find that you want to use more than one to organize and manage your workflow.

Remember the days of film cameras? If you wanted to take professional quality pictures you needed to lug around a heavy camera with the biggest, most expensive, lense. Then you carefully set up your shot and blindly snapped your pictures.

The you had to wait for the film to be developed before you could see if your effort paid off in a photo to remember or one for the trash can.

Today, we each have a top-of-the-line camera right inside our phone. The resolution is great, you have zoom and lighting features, and you don’t have to wait for film to be developed to see how your pictures turned out.

With a camera always at our fingertips, we have gone photo crazy. Snapping pictures of our cat, the food we ordered from the food truck, and our kiddies in the bubble bath.

In the tech world privacy is an issue that’s always on our minds. From a general concern about what info companies gather and how they use it, to the recent Facebook data-collection scandal, the issue of privacy is something we’ll continue to wrestle with for years to come.

As adults, we expect to be fighting this battle over our personal information, but when it comes to the privacy of our children there is no gray area where the law is concerned.

Have you considered all the great ways going paperless can impact your life?

There are apps for optimizing your workflow, organizing your documents, and even storing your family photos. And the ease of being able to quickly locate what you need, from any device you have access to… wonderful.

Another reason people have for going paperless is to help the environment and save trees.

We get reminders in our emails to consider the environment before printing, and paper bills urging us to Go Green by opting into paperless billing.

These very social ways of urging people to go paperless imply that communicating electronically is greener than using paper.

GoodNotes1 was developed and released by Steve Chan back in 2011. Fast-forward to Spring 2018, and we have GoodNotes4―the latest version of the handwriting note-taking app. Many people love GoodNotes4 for its stability and great handwriting-to-text conversion capabilities, as well as the awesome PDF Annotation features (as I showed to you in my videos). However, the program has gained a bit of dust over the years, especially if you compare it to Noteshelf2 (click here to compare) which was released end 2017. The UI and document organization of GoodNotes4 is no longer up-to-date. This is causing people to raise their voice in favor of a new up-to-date version.

Do you remember the, video, in which I showed you the MyScript Stylus Keyboard? Well…the keyboard is no longer available on the AppStore. This is a REAL shame as it was awesome! And it was free. What alternatives do we have now?? Lets find out.

Apps are terrific for creating order in your personal life and in your workflow.

In our quest to go paperless, apps play a vital role by giving us ways to complete our work, store our documents, collaborate with others, and work across multiple devices, all without using paper.

You can find apps to help you preserve family photos, convert documents to PDF, annotate, take notes by hand, convert handwritten notes to text, manage email, create calendars, keep task lists, and so much more!

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