By René Lacerte, Founder and CEO
We’ve all seen (or been) that guy. The one who comes to meetings with piles of papers. The one who pulls out an old notebook to dig up a fact from a conversation held months ago. The one who has piles of receipts tucked away in the corner of his office, big piles of paper that even the cleaning staff avoids out of fear of anything falling out of place. This is a person armed with paper power. Any fact, any tidbit, any bill, they are all within his reach.
So why does he look so worried all the time?
Let’s face it, being the keeper of so many pieces of paper is extremely stressful. How often in a day do you have to think about misplacing a bill or throwing out something that perhaps you needed to keep, just in case an audit might happen sometime down the road? If you are the guy with the stack of paper in the meeting, do you really feel confident? Or are you actually petrified that you might leave something behind?
I’ve been traveling a great deal lately and so I have really had to put my paperless pledge into action. And I have to say, it feels better to be the guy with no back-up needed than the guy with all the answers in tow. Because the fact is that even though I left my binders at home, I can get every piece of data I need at my fingertips, no matter where I am, via Bill.com and the cloud. It’s liberating to actually attend a meeting with no files, no notebooks, no documents in hand.
So, although Earth Day may have come and gone, it’s still a great time to take the paperless pledge, not just for the state of the earth but for the state of your mind.
Try it. Go to a meeting with nothing but your ideas and your smart phone. You will be amazed at all you can accomplish, no back-up needed.