What's Next For Accounting? - Issue #125

✅ 8 Things Your Office Needs

We dedicated this week of the podcast to office setups. Desks, computers, monitors, lights, plants, furniture and so, so much more.

Here are 8 non-obvious things your office needs:

  1. CO2 Monitor
    Did you know CO2 levels over 1,000ppm make you lethargic? Poor ventilation may be hurting the productivity of you & your team. Here’s the monitor I use.

  2. Desk Hooks
    You’re making good use of the top side of your desk, but how about the underside? I have my battery backup, computer, a 24 plug power strip and 4 hooks mounted to the underside of my desk. A desk hook may be just the gateway drug you need to start optimizing your underdesk.

  3. More Light
    Bright overhead lights trigger feelings of alertness, especially early in the day. OSHA recommends 500 office environments, 750 lux in factories, while neuroscientist Andrew Huberman recommends “as much light as you can safely have”. This cheap light meter will tell you if you’ve got what it takes.

  4. Wheels
    Casters on your desk give you the flexibility to re-orient your desk throughout the day. Because I have everything mounted to the underside of my desk, and a single power cord coming off the desk, I can be wheels up in about 20 seconds.

  5. This adhesive cord holder
    Stick it to the leading edge of your desk, so within reach you have all the cord types you need. It beats tucking them into a drawer or having cords hanging out on the desk.

  6. A Stool
    Everybody talks sit-stand but don’t sleep on the stool lean.

  7. (Good) Monitor Arms
    The right monitor arms clear up desk space by removing monitor stands. You can even get by with a less deep desk as a result. But don’t go cheap 

    or they’ll drive you insane.

  8. Canned Air
    That keyboard has seen some things. Keep some canned air on hand to send those pizza roll crumbs into the stratosphere.

What did I miss? What about your office setup could you no longer live without?

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📅 This Week

  • The big news was how fun talking office setups was on the pod:

    • Monday - Desks - Pod | Video

    • Tuesday - Computers & monitors - Pod | Video

    • Wednesday - Peripherals - Pod | Video

    • Thursday - Lights, chairs & everything else - Pod | Video

  • I ran through 19 trial balance apps for accounting firms with limited success

  • Here’s a song you can send your client when they ghost you

  • TurboTax and H&R Block tax chat bots give answers that are wrong or irrelevant as much as half the time

  • A new language model from Anthropic is outperforming GPT-4 in nearly every way - Available on Claude’s $20/mo plan, the new model Opus has been really good in my initial testing

  • There are Turbotax offices in Fortnite

  • Zapier (finally) introduced error handling

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