It is easier to start paperless than transitioning later
I went paperless in 2016. It felt good, but it was also a massive pain. Caught up in the excitement of my newly discovered paperless world, I threw away my all my paper study notes. Determined to never use paper again! A very stupid move on my part.
Smarter people will scan their notes before throwing them away. Something I should have done when I went paperless. But whether you scan your paper notes or you throw them away without scanning, transitioning from using paper later is harder than just starting paperless at the beginning of your course/degree.
A cleaner desk
I love my notes colourful and exciting. To achieve that on paper requires a lot of stationery. That usually means a messy desk half the time.
Going paperless makes your study desk 10 times cleaner. It will save you hours spent tidying up. The cleaner your desk, the more productive you are.
Digital stationery is more convenient
You can buy it from the comfort of your home. No more stationery shopping for new pens, notebooks or highlighters every semester. This was my first time entering a stationery shop in 3 years. I did it just to shoot this video.
A one-time payment for a decent note taking app is all you need for your entire course. For your entire life.
Digital planners and notebooks are reusable. Most note taking apps have many template papers to use in your notes (so you won’t need to purchase notebooks). I certainly don’t.
I reviewed 5 awesome minimalist planners. You might like some of them.
It is relatively affordable to go paperless in 2019
Apple introduced cheaper iPads for students. I highly recommend the iPad because it has more options for handwriting note taking apps than Android and Windows. It is therefore much easier for you to go paperless using an iPad. Than it would be with a Surface pro or a Samsung Tab S6, for example.
Starting from as little as $600 you will not be entering a stationery shop for the rest of your college life. $600 will get you the iPad 2018 (cheapest option you can go for). It will also cover your apple pencil, some accessories and note taking apps you need.
A lighter backpack
This is especially important for science students. Our textbooks are heavy and huge. Very uncomfortable to carry around. Imagine having all those textbooks on one device. All 20 something of them!
Easily access your notes from anywhere
No more going back to pick up your that notebook you forgot on your study desk. All your notes are on one device. They are backed up in the cloud.
Unless if you forget your iPad. For that, I can’t help you.
You’ll still be alright though, if you don’t forget your phone too. I have all my notes synced between my iPad and my phone.
Things you can’t do on paper but you can do with digital notes
You can add videos and audio recordings to your digital notes. Which you definitely can’t do on paper.
My all time favourite feature from Notability, my go-to note taking app, is the audio recording feature. I record all my lectures and classes. The app then animates my notes, synced to my recorded audio when I go through the material later.
This gets me excited every single time. After 3 years, I am still not used to it.
If you are already paperless, let me know why you chose to go paperless? If you’re considering going paperless, let me know why you’re considering the idea?
Worried about being productive as a paperless student? I got you covered!