Now, the more times you said "No" to the questions above, and the more vehemently you said it, the greater the chance that you will be able to maintain a paperless office. People saying "No" to all the above questions, are basically self sufficient and might as well be working from home, except that they might miss the social element of the workplace. If you said "Yes" to some or all of the above, maybe a paperless office is not for you. That's kind of the point of this blog entry—to point out that the circumstances in which you work might simply not be appropriate for maintaining a paperless office. On the other hand, if you said mostly "No" (especially if you said only "No"), then the only factors prevening paperlessness are psychological, not physical.
The interesting thing about item 3 above is that, assuming that that scenario is true for you, you probably do not need to take paper to meetings either. Aside from the fact that you should have Meeting Minutes to refer to, simply remember the three things you need to do, then go back to your workplace and immediately get the ball rolling. For example, if at the meeting it turns out that you need to meet Joe Smith and ask him something or other, that's easy to remember and it's also something you can do right away. Or you can send an e-mail right away, which effectively results in the e-mail becoming your notes from the meeting. Now compare that to the scenario where you have paper with you at the meeting. Firstly, you are probably doodling (which is mostly what I did with paper in meetings), which means you are not really paying as much attention to the meeting as you could be, or even should be. Secondly, you're writing down the things you need to do. And then you think: sure, I'll get to that sometime. And then you never do. Or too late. Or based on notes that make less and less sense as time goes by. Or not as effectively as you would do compared to if you did it immediately, with the related meeting's discussion still fresh on your mind, knowing that if you don't do it immediately you're going to forget it, since you didn't write it down.
Someone asked about books. Most books I need are online. Or there's a book case where they can be put, instead of cluttering up your desk. And I brainstorm ideas in e-mails that I save in my Draft folder, which I clean out on a regular basis. I exchange ideas with others via e-mail, often even when they are in the same room, because the moment of reflection needed for composing an e-mail is often absent when people are just talking ad-hoc without thinking, in response to some verbal request. Any paper I do get I try and deal with as quickly as possible and then I get rid of it. Sticky notes cause more harm than they solve. They're so small and informal that the quick scribble you put on them is rendered meaningless within 48 hours and then you're afraid of throwing them away for fear of destroying information that might turn out to be valuable after all, with the result that you end up living in a forest of obscure sticky notes, like in some grotesque Kafkaesque netherworld.
If item 5 is true for you, then there's nothing stopping you. Your influence is limited, but therefore it is also very focused on a very specific domain. And that domain is your desk. That is maybe not much but it does mean that you are the king of your own castle. The time has come to lay claim to your kingdom, to exert your modest control, and... to evict all that paper!