Snowstorms and the paperless office

That’s the title of my Slaw post for today.  It reads as follows.

London is slowly getting back to normal today after effectively being shut down for 2 days due to a massive lake effect snowstorm.  Depending on where you are we have had between 2 and 4 feet of snow since Sunday night.  You know its bad when I made a trek yesterday from home to the local convenience store pulling a toboggan to get gas for the snowblower and milk.   And when UWO, Fanshawe, schools, malls and banks close, Canada Post stops delivery, and the city stops bus service.  Some of those remain closed today.  While the main roads are clear this morning,  and we had no significant accumulation overnight, forecasters are threatening another 20 cm of wind blown snow for later today.

Things look like a winter scene on a holiday greeting card.   Check out the photo gallery on the London Free Press web site.

I worked from home Monday afternoon and all day yesterday, and learned something about the paperless office that I need to correct.  I’m about 90% paperless.   The only things that are not electronic are some correspondence coming in, and notes that I’ve taken.  I can access our systems from outside the office via a remote desktop connection.  Even though it is not as efficient as working at your desk, it allows us to get things done. 

Where it falls apart, though, is that 10% that is still on paper back at the office.   If that 10% is something that you need to take a next step with, the 90% you can access is of little use.  So from now on I will be making a better effort to make that last 10% digital.  For the most part that means immediately scanning and filing any paper that arrives, and either taking notes electronically, or scanning in handwritten notes immediately after I take them.

Another observation is how news of closings and comments about snow and road conditions often first arrived by Twitter.  That goes for both official notices, and individual comments.  #snowmageddon, (or the technically incorrect but equally popular #snowmaggedon) became a common hashtag.

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