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Environmentally Friendly Office Tip

by in Environmental Medicine, Kitchen Sink June 23, 2008

nicolesundene.jpgGoing paperless in the office is easy with social bookmarking! Let me quickly teach you how…

First of all, I am delighted to know that some of you find my naturopathic protocols and tips so helpful that you often print them out and “collect” them. As a savvy internet warrior I have learned a few fabulous paperless tricks for saving and sharing information on the internet.

You can be old fashioned, and just “bookmark” or “add to favorites” on your browser, however that is only helpful if you use the same computer all the time. Also, if your computer crashes, then you lose all your bookmarks. This has happened to me before, and now that I am wise to the wonderful ways of social bookmarking, I have improved my ability to collect and store the vast quantity of information I am constantly gathering.

Best of all…social bookmarking is paperless!

Printing out less paper is great for the environment. Obviously if you need a list to tape to your fridge or bathroom mirror that is one thing, but if you need somewhere to store all the articles that pertain to your health goals, then social bookmarking is the best bet.

The easiest system I have found for quickly tagging and collecting my information is to store it on the social bookingmarking site del.icio.us. You just need to set up an account and load the icon on to your browser. Anytime you find something you want to return to, simply hit the “tag” icon.

If you have a chronic health condition, and enjoy researching information on the internet, you can easily tag and categorize any article that you find. Not only is it much more environmental than printing out a bunch of paper and keeping it in file folders, but it reduces clutter. I personally rely heavily on Stumbleupon and Digg for bookmarking articles I choose to reference or return to, but that is primarily because as a busy researcher, I am always sharing articles with my colleagues, while having access to that which they find useful as well. Sharing your internet finds with friends and family is the “social” part of bookmarking, which makes it that much more fun.

You can add me as a friend at these sites if you would like to share your articles with me!

Hope that helps save a tree or two!

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen table.

~Dr. Nicole

Naturopathic Physician

www.KitchenTableMedicine.com

5 Comments
  1. Hi Dr. Nicole,

    I LOVE “green” tips, and this is a great one. The social networking/bookmarking sites are a perfect place to store our favorites.

  2. Hi Barbara- I love green tips too. Anything that helps simplify and give us more perspective on why less is more always makes me happy!

  3. Paperless is definitely the way to go. As well as bookmarking and social networking services there are other really useful online services that are free. Three come to mind.
    (1) KeePass is an open-source password safe. Passwords can be stored in highly-encrypted databases, that can be unlocked with one master password or key file. http://keepass.info/
    (2) Rememberthemilk is a free online to do list. http://www.rememberthemilk.com/
    * Manage tasks from anywhere
    * Get mail sms or IM reminders
    * Access from your phone
    * Manage tasks offline
    * Use with Google Calendar
    * Add tasks from iGoogle
    Remember The Milk for Gmail is a Firefox extension that allows you to manage your tasks in Gmail (complete, postpone, and edit tasks), add new tasks (and connect them with your emails, contacts, and Google Calendar events), automatically add tasks for starred messages or specific labels.
    (3) co-comment is a free service for tracking all the comments you make on other blogs. coComment – automatically enables coComment on supported blogs (bookmarklet no longer needed) … (Install browser extension for full list of coComment features).
    Happy blogging. 🙂

  4. Hi TT- wow great tips as per usual. I am off to check all those out. I can never be TOO organized. LOL

  5. I love Digg (how I found this blog) but my favorite book marking tool is Delicious. I use it every day and have bookmarked this blog with it. Which means I’ll be back!

    I love green tips and I never thought about how bookmarking can save the world. Great post!!

    ~JB@TheLaunchingPad

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