With the summer solstice around the corner, the days are lengthening, vacations are planned, and many are anticipating enjoying time outdoors and relaxation with family and friends. However, the summer season can also be a time of stress, with more social commitments, activities and events to juggle. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose track of important tasks and plans. Fortunately, printers and scanners can be valuable tools to help you stay organized and make the most of your summer months.
Read on as we explore eight practical suggestions for leveraging your printer and scanner to streamline your planning and support your organizational skills this summer.
1. CREATE AND PRINT A SUMMER BUCKET LIST
Jumpstart your summer planning by creating a custom bucket list with activities and experiences you want to check off this summer. Use a word processor or design software to compile your list and add vibrant visuals. The free personal planner templates from Adobe Express are a great place to start. Once you’re satisfied, print it out and display it prominently as a daily reminder of the exciting adventures that await!
2. DESIGN AND PRINT CALENDARS
Use a calendar template like those offered by Microsoft 365 to create custom calendars for tracking your summer schedule. Highlight important dates like vacations, family gatherings, and special events. Print multiple copies and distribute them among family members to keep everyone on the same page.
3. SCAN IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Before embarking on your summer travels, scan essential documents like passports, ID cards, and travel itineraries. Store the digital copies securely on your computer, smartphone or cloud storage for easy access in case of emergencies or loss. The Mopria Scan app makes it easy and convenient to scan documents from your scanner or multi-function printer directly to your Android mobile device, and most scanner brands are supported by Mopria Scan, but you can check our list of Mopria certified products here. This will provide peace of mind and enable you to quickly retrieve any necessary information while on the go.
Keeping track of receipts is also crucial, whether you’re planning a family vacation or organizing summer events. Scan and digitize receipts for accommodations, travel expenses, or event-related purchases, and save them chronologically in a dedicated folder on your computer or cloud storage so they’re easy to find later. This digital archive will simplify expense tracking and provide a record for future reference.
4. PRINT AND ORGANIZE TRAVEL CHECKLISTS
Traveling during the summer can be hectic, with numerous items to pack and tasks to complete before departure. Print out travel checklists that include essentials like clothing, toiletries, and travel documents. Check each one off the list as you pack them away to ensure nothing is forgotten. Browse editable travel packing lists from Adobe Express to stay organized and minimize stress as you embark on summer adventures.
5. PRINT AND DISPLAY CHORE CHARTS
Summer can be an ideal time to establish new routines and teach responsibility while children are out of school. Create printable chore charts for each child, assigning tasks and rewarding their completion.
Microsoft 365 has options like the charts here and here that you can customize for your family. By making these charts visible, children will stay motivated, and you’ll have a well-organized household.
6. DESIGN AND PRINT PARTY INVITATIONS
There’s no better time than summer for hosting barbecues, pool parties, and other social gatherings. Create eye-catching invitations using templates like these from Adobe Express to save time and maximize impact. Print multiple copies and distribute amongst family, friends, and neighbors for a tangible, personal touch that ensures your guests are informed and excited about the upcoming events.
7. SCAN AND DIGITIZE SUMMER MEMORIES
Finally, don’t leave the summer in the past! Preserve your memories by scanning and digitizing your pictures, tickets and other memorabilia. Create digital photo albums for easy sharing and viewing amongst family and friends, or convert your digital images to physical photo books or prints. Tools like Mopria Print Service make it simple to print directly from your Android to your Mopria certified printer so you can make your memories tangible in an instant.
Printers and scanners are not only essential tools for business or academic purposes, but they can also significantly contribute to planning and organization during the hectic summer months. From creating bucket lists to scanning important documents, these printers and scanners can streamline tasks and help you make the most of your summer adventures. Incorporate these suggestions into your summer preparations and routines to enjoy a well-organized and memorable summer season ahead.
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