It’s Worth It!
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the iPad and I would go as far as saying that it’s my main device for writing blog posts as well as a handful of other things.
For those of you interested, I am using the 11-inch iPad Pro from 2020, which is still a perfectly capable iPad and its screen size makes it perfect for taking notes, but we’ll talk about that a little later in this blog post.
Those two tools combined with the iPad Pro are a perfect combination for going paperless. There are numerous apps on the App Store which will enable you to take handwritten notes, fill in paperwork and forms and even create drawings.
Without any further ado, here are the reasons you should go paperless with the iPad…
For starters, the iPad tends to be a very portable device, especially if we consider the iPad Mini, which makes an even better notetaking device due to its size.
From experience, having the iPad as your notetaking device/organiser is just so much more convenient than having to carry paperwork around with you everywhere you go, which can be heavy. On top of that, paper can easily get damaged.
Put it this way, I seriously regret not going paperless during my first two years at university, instead, I carried around several notebooks with me as well as books.
That’s another advantage of going paperless with the iPad, instead of carrying numerous books with you can store your entire library on the iPad or in the cloud.
This is yet another advantage, I mean picture this, you’re going to a meeting and you forget an important document you needed to discuss. If you had it on paper you would’ve been stuffed, but if you took an iPad with you and you stored your documents in the cloud, you could’ve easily downloaded it.
That brings me to my next point which is the fact that it will allow you to be more organised in general.
If we bring the cloud into the mix, if you store your documents in the cloud, you won’t have to worry about uploading or printing your documents as they will just be there available in the cloud from your iPad.
As I work in a multi-platform ecosystem consisting of iPadOS, Android, and Windows I currently use OneDrive as my default cloud storage provider.
OneDrive saved me on many occasions, including at university, from devices that have failed, to me forgetting to bring my work into class. The main reason I use OneDrive is that it seems to work extremely well across multiple platforms, which is important for someone who works from multiple platforms.
Back to using the iPad, if you find yourself searching for a document you can simply query it, which is something you just can’t do with paper.
Managing your documents also tends to be easier, you can create folders and sub-folders easily without the need of buying physical folders which can get damaged. It also tends to be easy to lose or damage physical pieces of paper.
There are many other benefits of going paperless with the iPad, but the last benefit I wanted to discuss in this blog post is the fact that using your iPad tends to be more friendly to the environment compared to printing tons of paperwork.
How To Make Your Paperless Experience With the iPad Even Better!
The iPad really is a great tool for this sort of thing, but if you have an Android tablet, you could use that to go paperless too, but that’s something I will write about in a separate blog post.
To me, someone that works on multiple operating systems and devices, I think the accessories and apps available for the iPad are what make the overall iPad experience great.
For starters, I would highly recommend investing in an Apple Pencil if your iPad supports it and if it does support it, ensure that you have checked whether you need the 1st or 2nd generation pencil. This handy guide by Apple will help you choose the correct one
Whichever one your iPad supports, the Apple Pencil is a great tool to use for going paperless. It will enable you to take handwritten notes and fill in paperwork with your iPad, as well as a handful of other things.
To make your writing experience even better, I seriously recommend getting a PaperLike Screen Protector, something I’m ashamed to admit, I was sceptical about buying, but wow was I wrong!
I think it’s the Paperlike that makes my overall paperless experience better which is why I seriously recommend getting one! I can’t even begin to explain how it made the overall plastically writing experience feel so much better!
I use several apps to make my writing experience better. The main app I tend to use is Notability, which I use for filling things in as well as documents that don’t really really belong in a notebook, I use Good Notes 5 for that.
The way I look at it is if I was to write something on an A4 piece of paper which I will then file in a larger folder, I use Notability. But if I was to write something or make notes in a paper-based notebook, I would use Good Notes. It’s a personal preference, but it works well for my needs.
From time to time, I also tend to use OneNote, but I mainly use that for project work and creating project documentation or if I need to access the notebook from multiple platforms such as Windows and my phone.
Overall, I think that my decision to go paperless has heavily benefited my lifestyle as it means that I don’t have to worry about carrying loads of paperwork with me.
It also tends to be a more secure option as if the paperwork or paper notebook contains sensitive information and you lose it or leave it lying around, others will have access to that information. But hopefully, at least your iPad has a secure lock screen and your cloud account a secure password.
Have you ever thought about going paperless, maybe you already have. Let us know your thoughts down in the comments!