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Eliminating paper
Bar Harbor
alexx_kay
Lots of my friends are posting today about angst dealing with paper at work. Me, I'm trying to reduce my personal paper usage. Progress is slow, but noticeable.

Once, I kept old computer game magazines. But I never looked at them. Toss! There's a free shelf right there.

Then, I started being more selective. For a few years, I tore out articles from the magazines that I thought I was likely to want to refer to later. Years later, I looked back on the number of times I actually *had* referred to them. Less than once per year. None of the times I *did* look at them were significant enough that I would have been really unhappy if I hadn't been able to do so. So, no more ripping out articles. The magazine stays on my desk for a few months, then gets tossed in routine cleaning.

I still haven't quite gotten to the point of tossing the stuff I *did* tear out, but I suspect that that will happen next time I clean my computer room...

The real big project, of course, is converting most of my fiction to etexts. Remember, big Book Potlatch on April 19!

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I love that something can stay on your desk for _months_ between routine cleanings! :-)

All of my favorite professional journals now have back issues online, well indexed. I could read them online too, but I prefer to get paper so I can read them at the gym. But knowing I can always get them online makes me perfectly happy to recycle them after reading. [I do leave them in the kitchenette at work for a while first, for other people to read while waiting for their lunches to heat in the microwave.]


Sounds more like getting rid of paper, than eliminating it.

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