Do smartphones bring the real beginning of a paperless society?
I run a small business and lead a busy life and I rely on lists and tables to keep projects on track. I’ve always kept track of my life on paper and now I’ve got a smartphone, everything is changing.
Like many iPhone users, I am completely and utterly in love with it. I’m not sure if like Kristen I would write it a love letter but yes it has made my life easier.
When I first heard about the iPhone my first thought was – “I can’t think of anything worse than getting my emails 24/7″ but it’s really changed my whole business and working life.
Here are some examples:
I don’t write a “To Do” list anymore. I simply use ‘Notes’ on my iPhone and then email it to myself. Instead of the traditional crossing off on paper, I hit delete. It’s very empowering to see your to do list shrink in front of you.
Recently, I booked Gold Class movie tickets (in case you are wondering Avatar was excellent – worth spending the extra money). When booking you get the option to print out the tickets or to take in a booking code. Being lazy and not wanting to take my laptop downstairs to the printer, I just transferred the receipt to my iPhone with the intention of quoting the booking code upon arrival.
At the cinema I passed my iPhone to the usher to provide them with the booking code, but he just scanned the barcode straight from the screen, and guess what? It’s worked! On my iPhone I can book and pay for my tickets which the usher then scans – all paperless.
One final example, I don’t use many recipe books now that I have my iPhone Apps such as Jamie Oliver – 20 min meals. I simply select my recipes for the week, then add them to a shopping list. Once I remove the ingredients I already have I can shop straight from the list or email them to myself / boyfriend to complete the shopping – all paperless.
Smartphone capabilities may have just begun the ‘real’ paperless society. I’d be interested to hear how smartphones have changed the way you do things. Has this technology changed the way you use paper?