How much do you print?

I have a confession to make.

It drives me nuts to see revisions made to documents (newsletter drafts, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets) on pieces of paper scattered all over my desk. Especially when whatever it is requires multiple revisions-and multiple printings. I see red at meetings when handouts go untouched, only to be tossed in the trash.

In a world of touch screens and laptops, it just irks me to see so much wasted paper.


Don't get me wrong. I love paper. I'm a doodler, I'm a list maker. I like the break that reading a piece of paper gives my eyes after staring at a computer screen for too long. I still read the newspaper that gets delivered on my doorstep. I write notes (and even blog posts) in notebooks and notepads.

This post is not a discourse on the pros and cons of paper. My point here is do you think before you print? When you do print large documents, do you consciously choose to print double-sided or with reduced printer settings? Do you use recycled paper?

Or, do you print the same document out 5 times because you sit it down and misplace it?

There are obvious resource implications when you print everything out. Paper, ink and wear and tear on your printer are important considerations. If you work in an office with limited resources, excessive printing could result in an unnecessary financial drain on your organization.

Having printed copies of everything also creates a separate need: a need for space-for filing cabinets, folders, or space in or on top of your desk. If you're anything like me, this creates another issue: a clutter issue.

In this new year, I encourage you to think before you print. While I understand the need to print out 100+ page reports to read, I can't understand why you need to print out every email. I challenge you to think before you print.

And, weigh in below, am I crazy? Is there a good reason why you should print everything out?

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