Digitize your life with Evernote’s “Paperless Challenge”


When I want to find something stored in “My Documents” on my Windows machine, I have to open and close a lot of documents to find the one that has what I’m looking for. When I want to find something stored in Evernote, I rely on its ability to search through the entirety of those documents to find what I need. Very fast, very accurate.

Finding something in paper files are even more challenging, of course, and that’s one of the reasons so many people are “going paperless.”

If you’d like to join the crowd, Evernote is conducting a “Paperless Challenge” to help you. It started January 8 but there’s no reason why you can’t get started right now. Make sure you download Jaime Rubin’s “Paperless Challenge Checklist” to use as a guide.

Lifehacker just posted a comprehensive article, “How I Went Completely Paperless in Two Days.” I think two days is a bit ambitious for most attorneys due to the amount of paper in our possession, questions about security issues, and our innate resistance to change, but even if it takes two years instead of two days, it’s worth it. I’m not yet completely paperless but my file cabinets are empty, I’ve trashed dozens of boxes of paper collected over thirty-plus years, and we get very little (important) postal mail these days. I’m well on my way to digitizing and simplifying my life.

Speaking of security issues, this article has a summary of some of the options. (Hat tip to Robert Oschler, developer of the forthcoming Evernote search client for Windows desktop, BitQwik.)

Finally, my own Evernote for Lawyers ebook discusses security issues and how to deal with them, as well as helping you through the process of going paperless.

By the way, even if you don’t use Evernote these resources can still help you in your quest to reduce or eliminate the paper in your life.

Did you know: Evernote for Lawyers has a chapter on using Evernote for marketing.


Building you law practice 90 days at a time


Art Williams became a billionaire building an insurance company from scratch. One of the things he taught his organization was the power of short-term bursts of effort for building momentum. It can be difficult to maintain enthusiasm and stamina for a year, “but you can do anything for 90 days,” he said.

Williams built his business with a series of 90 day sprints. He put in all out effort for 90 days, never stopping or slowing down, and was so confident and excited about what he had accomplished, he was ready to do it again. I’ve gone on many 90-day runs in my different businesses. When you get laser-focused and work hard at something every day, momentum builds, your results compound, and it is truly amazing what you can accomplish.

Right now, you may spend just 15 or 30 minutes a day on marketing. You can accomplish big things that way, if you do it consistently. But imagine what you could accomplish if, for the next 90 days, you went crazy and worked on marketing two solid hours every day. Total immersion, total focus, total effort.

90 days from today is mid-April. We’ll be there in no time. You can go about your business the same as usual or you can go on a 90-day run.

Would it be worth it if you could double your client base? Get five more solid referral sources? Get your web site producing a steady stream of traffic and leads and prospective clients?

Where would you like to be in 90 days?

Let me help you map out your 90-day run. Click here to learn how.