The art of shredding

Close up photograph of shredded paper.

Today I are been mostly … shredding confidential papers…

So now, this is the art
To shred… its only emotion.
Pantera, from the song The Art of Shredding

…and clearing out my filing cabinet.

As I was feeding sheet after sheet into the shredder — it’s the Fellowes OD700C model, thanks for asking. Yeah that’s right, the cross-cut version; that’s what the ‘C’ stands for in the model number. Yeah, yeah I think it’s more secure that way too — I wondered why I had bothering printing all of this out and storing it in my filing cabinet. Most of these papers I still have in electronic format.

I should learn from this. Not all papers sent to me need to be printed out, and for meetings I’m sure most of these could simply have been transferred to my Psion PDA.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

6 thoughts on “The art of shredding”

  1. Well, fair enough. But given that I’ve not used most of these pieces of papers since I printed them out I’m not sure I actually needed to keep them even in digital format either!

    How much of our lives is spent typing up stuff that you’ll never read again and which many people will never even read for the first time, I wonder.

  2. Ah but being a student the majority of digital files are useful in the long term as i can come back and use them for revising. Or send them to friends who were away that day. So word documents can be very useful.

  3. Ah… but I wasn’t talking about you! 😉

    I certainly found typing up notes in classes was great while I was a student, especially group work as I could then run off copies at the end of the meeting for the other students.

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