As I watched my mother-in-law flip back and forth through notebook pages and loose sheets of paper trying to find the most updated version of her Christmas shopping list, I realized how much time and energy I’ve saved over the last year since going paperless. I’ve never considered myself an overly organized person, but I could access my holiday list in about 30 seconds and tell you exactly which gifts have been purchased and how much of my holiday budget is left - and I could do it from a crowded shopping mall if necessary. I can also pull up every single one of my business and personal receipts from 2011, each of which has been tagged according to type of expense and potential tax deduction.
You’ll have to excuse me if this sounds like bragging; I’m still a little mystified that I’ve managed to maintain an efficient filing system for several months in a row.
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