Never Run Out of Paper Again

A quick tip that will avert the problem before it happens.

Stever Robbins
1-minute read

Quick Tip: Never Run Out of Paper Again

Nothing stops me in my tracks like running out of paper right as I’m printing that important handout for a meeting that starts in three minutes. Advance warning lets you keep working--you're alerted that you have to fix the situation sometime soon--but you're not disrupted from what you’re currently doing.

Put a colored sheet of paper about 20 sheets from the bottom of the ream of paper in your laser printer. When the colored sheet comes out, you know you have 20 sheets left before you need to reload. That advance notice can be all you need to refill the paper when it’s convenient, so it’s always there when you need it. (The color doesn’t need to be brightly different, it can be an off-white or ivory. Just enough that you’ll know it’s there.)

Printer Paper image courtesy of Shutterstock

About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.