Following on from my ideas about going paperless, here is how I organise all the many sheets of paper I receive daily at school in preparation for scanning or somehow making it electronic, a solution which I personally find it highly effective.
The system uses a single lever-arch file and a set (or two) of dividers. The folder is effectively split into two parts: the main section at the front which deals with preps, blank paper and paper miscellany; and the subject section, split into the different subjects that I’m doing.
1. The Main Section
‘Paper’ is fairly obviously where blank sheets of paper are stored – lined, graph and blank paper. The next bit is prep. The first tab, ‘Set’, is where I dump all the homework sheets that need doing. Once the preps are completed the question sheet and my answers get stapled together and moved into the ‘Done’ section. When a prep gets marked it goes into the ‘Returned’ section which is scanned upon arrival home. The paper then gets shredded, leaving me with a bunch of scanned files on my HDD rather than a huge folder full of paper. The ‘Unis’ section is anything I pick up about university choices / preparation / general future education.
2. The Subjects Section
This bit is devoted entirely to subjects. Each subject has its own divider, and this section is used as a temporary cache for everything that isn’t prep (classwork, handwritten notes etc.) pending scanning and shredding upon arrival home.
There are always some special documents which don’t fit into any category in the system. The front of the folder contains my timetable (as can be seen in the first photo) and the back a load of transparent A4 paper wallets for anything that can’t for any reason be hole-punched.
The entire one-folder solution is incredibly simple but I’ve found it immensely effective as a system for getting everything from paper to HDD, and I hope this helps someone out there.